An industrial piercing is a double piercing of the auricle. The artist pierces the ear twice and connects the holes with a single piece of jewelry. This double perforation is mainly found in the upper ear cartilage, although various placement options are emerging.
A curved or straight barbell is used to connect the two ear piercings. One piercing is usually located in the helix with the second in the anti-helix. The jewelry is first inserted into the upper puncture before the lower one, after which it is fixed.
Pros & Cons of an Industrial Piercing
- a large variety of designs can be done, grouping together different types of angles
- can be customized to fit the curvature of the ear
- this is a tried and tested piercing method, done thousands of times
- the pierced areas come in regular contact with hair, bedding, clothing, phones, earbuds, helmets, etc. making it prone to irritation
- the healing process post-piercing can be prolonged because of its exposed location
- it is not suitable for all ear shapes and sizes— you need the correct anatomy, e.g., this piercing would be a challenge for small ears
Procedure for an Industrial Piercing
- First, the piercer studies the auricle and chooses the most suitable place for the industrial piercing. The piercer then helps the client find the perfect ornament, given his/her ear’s measurements.
- The client is informed about the procedure’s contraindications and given instructions for aftercare.
- During the consultation, the instruments and the selected earring are sterilized using an autoclave.
- The piercer puts on sterile gloves and brings out the disposable needles that have been sterilized.
- The auricle is disinfected with an antiseptic agent.
- The piercer marks out the planned placement of the holes.
- Two holes are made using a needle.
- For each hole, the piercer removes the needle, and inserts an earring into the new hole before it closes up.
- The antiseptic solution is reapplied.
Healing after getting an Industrial Piercing
Forming a canal (especially in the area of cartilage) is not an easy thing. Be sure to follow all the recommendations your piercer provides and inform him/her right away should any problems develop.
Punctured cartilage takes quite a long time to heal, but your own health status plays a significant role here. On average, this type of piercing takes three months to a year to heal. During the first few months, expect to have minimal lymph and blood coming from the pierced area, so cleaning the piercing regularly with antiseptics is imperative.
With a proper sleep, balanced diet, strong immunity, good health, and regular treatment, the canal can heal in only a couple of months. Various health problems and irregular care of the pierced area can considerably prolong the healing period. If aftercare is inadequate, the piercing will be permanently affected by clothing or other external factors - there is a risk of the body rejecting the jewelry.
Aftercare for Industrial Piercings
What to NOT do in the first 30 days
- Take out the jewelry and touch and fiddle around with the hole.
- Soak and steam—no swimming in pools or taking hot baths.
- Treat with peroxide and alcohol, as these can burn the skin.
- Apply ointments and creams to the puncture.
- Drink alcohol or smoke as these substances slow down healing.
- Sleep on the side of the pierced ear.
What do you need to do in the first 2-3 months or until the canal heals?
- Restrict contact between the pierced ear and hair.
- Every three days, replace your pillowcase with a clean one.
- If the piercing is done in the cold season, the headgear used for warmth should also be washed every third day.
- Follow the rules of care (described below).
If you are used to sleeping only on one side (the side where the piercing is located), try to sleep on a neck pillow. Sleep on it like a usual pillow and not placed on your neck—lie on it so that the ear is in the hole, free from contact.
Chilling time on these piercings can range anywhere from 2 to 6 months. It varies greatly from person to person. During that time, aftercare is a must!
- Hot compresses or soaks with warm water and sea salt twice daily.
- Rinse immediately afterward. You can use medical-grade saline or if it’s sterile, spray.
- Cleaning with an antimicrobial agent at least once a day. You can do this twice a day if you know you have contaminated the area. This is a safeguard to avoid infection.
- Wash your hands every time before handling the piercing.
- Try to handle the jewelry by the ends whenever possible.
- Keep people from touching it.
- Do not swim in or bathe using water with questionable quality, as it may not be clean.
Remember! Industrial piercings need to be isolated and left alone until at least the piercing is healed.
Infected Industrial Piercing
With unsterile instruments used during piercing, poor aftercare, or getting permanent injuries, the piercing can get infected, or the body can start rejecting the earring. In some cases, keloid scars may form. An allergic reaction to the metal of the earring may also occur.
Since getting a piercing is an extreme type of body modification, upon the first suspicion that something is wrong with the piercing (presence of swelling, redness, pulsating pain, or pus), contact your piercer. He can either advise other care or steps to take or ultimately remove the earring in case of complete rejection by the body.
Types of jewelry for Industrial Piercings
This piercing type is designed to accommodate a unique decoration—two piercings connected by a long bar, either straight or curved. Its maximum size is 25 cm. A variety of decorative ornaments and charms can be placed on the rod.
The bar must be made of hypoallergenic material. Otherwise, the body might reject it. The best type of material for a basic barbell is implantable titanium.
People with Industrial Piercings
This kind of piercing looks really cool on both men and women.
Industrial Piercing Types & Ideas
We hope that this information will help you make an educated decision on whether or not the industrial piercing is a good fit for you. When you go see your piercer you can discuss the following things with him/her:
How do I clean industrial piercings?
Apply hot compresses or soak with warm water and sea salt twice daily and rinsing immediately afterward. You can make use of medical-grade saline.Also, regularly clean your industrial piercing with an antimicrobial agent.
How much does an industrial piercing cost?
The exact cost is difficult to calculate. It all depends on the salon, where you have the piercing done, the experience and popularity of the piercer, and the jewelry you select. The average price ranges from $50-60, with the minimum price for industrial piercing being $30 while there is no maximum. In most cases, it doesn’t cost more than $90, because most likely, you will choose the simplest barbell for better healing.
How much do industrial piercings hurt?
While everyone has different pain thresholds, it’s not generally the most pleasant sensation, but it's also not the most painful. For example, getting an industrial piercing usually hurts more than piercing the nose or navel, but it hurts less than piercing a tongue or goat. Funnily enough, the pierced area will be more sore after the piercing. In the first few days, it is natural to feel warmth in the pierced area. The soreness is also aggravated by the fact that it is two piercing sessions done in one go.
What are industrial piercings?
Industrial piercings are two separate ear piercings connected with one piece of jewelry called a barbell.