Types of ear piercings based on location

Types of ear piercings.
  • Lobe

    As the softest part of the ear, the lobe is the easiest to puncture. This type of ear piercing heals quite quickly with proper care.

    Lobe Piercing.
  • Double and triple lobe (in the upper lobe)

    More than three-lobe punctures are likely to fail, as the cartilage begins next. You can experiment with earring combinations and create an unusual decoration for yourself.

    Triple lobe piercings.
  • Helix

    The helix piercing is done at the top of the sink scroll with a cartilage grab. After the procedure, there may be hemorrhaging, and blood has to be drained from the puncture site. The cartilage takes 2 months to 1 year to heal in this kind of piercing.


    Immediately after the puncture is made, only carnation earrings are used. Ring earrings and massive jewelry should be avoided. Once the tissue swelling has subsided, remember to downsize the earring. This will prevent the jewelry from getting moved around, the appearance of lumps, and long and painful healing.

    Take note! Immediately after getting an ear piercing (especially in the more painful ear areas), don’t sleep on the side with the piercing. Try to be as careful as possible to avoid mechanical damage to your new puncture. This way, the piercing will heal as quickly and painlessly as possible.

  • Forward helix

    This type of piercing is performed on the curl (upper part), with the piercing close to the head. The procedure is quite complicated and hence, is not common.

    Forward helix.
  • Industrial

    An industrial piercing is when the cartilage is punctured in two places at once, and the two are connected by one ornament, such as a long barbell. Basically it’s two helix or forward helix piercings that are joined by the same earring. As a rule, holes are punctured in parallel, although sometimes there are variations wherein the second point is slightly higher than the first.

  • Tragus

    The tragus is an oval-shaped piece of from the center of the ear. This puncture is known to be painful. The piercing is done with a hollow, straight, or curved needle with a small diameter. Once the puncture has healed, the carnation earring can be replaced with a ring.

  • Anti-tragus

    The cartilage across the tragus, at the bottom of the ear, is punctured. A lot of people don't have big enough cartilage for this kind of puncture.

    Anti Tragus Piercing.
  • Snug

    This is a puncture that goes through the top of the anti-helix. It is rather complicated and also very painful, necessitating many painkillers.

  • Conch

    The conch is a piercing done in a sunken part of the ear, specifically the large, curved cartilaginous depression leading to the ear canal. Piercings here require a barbell or a rather large hoop.

  • Outer conch

    This type of puncture is done near the helix. Most often, ring earrings are used as jewelry.

    Outer conch.
  • Orbital

    This is the piercing wherein two punctures are connected by one ring-shaped jewelry. To perform this procedure, the piercer must accurately calculate the distance between the holes to avoid cutting the fabric. Healing time from this piercing is from 6 to 12 months.

  • Daith

    Daith piercing is located directly above the auricular opening. The cartilage is pierced from top to bottom, and jewelry is placed immediately. It is important that the jewelry fit, so it’s best to make sure the piercing parlor carries a stock of different-sized jewelry. Do not press when swelling. For jewelry choices, you have rings, half rings, and curved bars. It takes 4 to 8 months for the puncture to heal.

  • Rook

    The rook is an angular puncture of the thick fold of the cartilage at the tip of the ear. Depending on one’s anatomic features, there may be restrictions on the choice of suitable jewelry. A universal choice is a curved barbell. The rook piercing is considered to be very painful and requires a long healing period compared to other methods.

  • Transverse Lobe

    It's a piercing that goes through the lobe from side to side (perpendicularly), instead of the usual front to back.

    Transverse lobe.


What is the most painful ear piercing?

It depends on each person's pain threshold, but the ones most known to be painful are the Snag and Rook. This is due to both of them being located in an area of the ear where the cartilage is denser than in others.

What is the most popular ear piercing?

The most popular ear piercing is the lobe piercing, including double and triple lobe piercings. Next to them are the helix and industrial types.

How many types of ear piercings are there?
  1. Lobe
  2. Double and triple lobe
  3. Helix
  4. Forward Helix
  5. Industrial
  6. Tragus
  7. Anti-Tragus
  8. Snug
  9. Conch
  10. Outer conch
  11. Orbital
  12. Daith
  13. Rook
  14. Transverse Lobe