A beautiful piercing gets noticed. Sparkling lobes, ears filled with cartilage piercings, or even multiple lobe jewels make for a custom style that expresses your personality. The best ear piercings are those that not only look great but heal properly. Having an experienced piercer can make all the difference when it comes to your experience. A steady hand will steer you clear of any potential irritations or scars.
Of course, much of the healing process depends on where your piercing is located. Ears heal relatively quickly, while nipples, navels, and nostrils take several months. To make sure you get the best possible ear piercing in Toronto, here is a brief guide to healing and piercing care.
How Long Does It Take for an Earlobe Piercing to Heal?
Piercings in areas with good blood flow that aren’t vulnerable to disturbances heal quickly. Given this, the earlobe is among the easiest and quickest parts of the body to heal after a piercing. You can expect an ear piercing to be 100 percent healed in approximately six to ten weeks. At that point, the jewelry used just after the piercing can be removed and swapped for something else.
Earlobes often heal faster when the piercing studio uses a needle. The needle allows for a dexterous and swift incision as opposed to the blunt stud of a piercing gun. The jagged cut of the gun leaves the door open for bruising and can prolong recovery times. Avoid studios that pierce with guns and opt for the safety and precision of a needle piercing instead.
How Long Does It Take for Ear Cartilage Piercing to Heal?
Despite being a fraction of an inch from the earlobe, ear cartilage takes much longer to heal. That is because cartilage is not infused with blood vessels. This structure makes it difficult for blood cells to reach the source of the ear piercing and heal it.
There are many types of ear cartilage piercings. That includes, but is not limited to, daith, tragus, rook, helix, and industrial piercings. If you get one or more of these styles, you can expect a recovery period ranging from three months to a year.
There are several ways to keep the healing time on the short end of the spectrum. Going to a professional tattoo and piercing studio is step one. They will ensure your ear gets the treatment it needs to heal properly before, during, and after the procedure.
When you do put the jewelry in, don’t change it until the piercing heals. Once the ear makes a full recovery, you’ll be able to mix and match earrings and gauges all you want. If you take out the jewelry too soon, the hole may become infected or irritated.
Finally, provide routine care to the piercing. That means using saline sprays to minimize contamination and allow for healing. Conversely, don’t go swimming with a fresh piercing, as pools can harbour bacteria and pathogens.
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NeilMed Neilcleanse Piercing Aftercare saline spray helps in healing piercings. It is an isotonic, drug-free, preservative-free solution for cleaning your piercing during the healing period with no burning or stinging to irritate the pierced area. The sterile saline solution can be used as part of your healing process with any fresh piercing, including ear piercings, nostril piercings and belly button piercings. Neilcleanse sprays in any direction for easy use without touching your piercing.
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Can You Sleep on a New Piercing?
Sleeping on a new ear piercing is not ideal. Every time your head moves or rubs against the pillow, you are creating microabrasions between the piercing and the skin. This abrasion means the body has to work harder to heal the area.
Sometimes piercings, like the helix, look better when asymmetrical. This allows you to sleep with the unpierced side on the pillow. If you want both ears done, you should get your ears pierced one at a time. That way, you can give one side time to heal before getting the other side done, avoiding the need to sleep on your new piercing.
Regardless of whether you pierce both ears at once, always clean your ears before going to bed. This proactive maintenance will counteract the risk of infection. While cleaning, it is also a good idea to tighten your piercings to minimize movement and lubricate the hole to avoid abrasion.
Another helpful tip is to sleep with a U-shaped travel pillow, such as the type you use when flying. These elevate your head and ears and prevent any chance that your ears will rub against a surface. They also support your neck, so you do not have to compromise on a good night’s sleep.
How Old Do You Need to Be for an Ear Piercing?
There is no minimum age to get an ear piercing in Toronto. While there are no formal regulations, most studios will not pierce someone under the age of 16 without an adult’s consent. More exotic piercings, like nipples of genitalia, typically require the client to be 19 or older. If you go to a downtown Toronto tattoo studio to get inked, you must be 18 years old or 16 with a parent’s consent.
In the case of children, it’s best to do a trial run to see if they are ready for the responsibility of ear piercings. That can include wearing clip-on or magnetic earrings. If the child takes care of the earrings, it’s likely fine to go ahead with the piercing.
What Should I Avoid After Piercing My Ears?
The name of the game after getting your ears pierced is avoiding infection. We have touched on a couple of different ways to do that already, such as avoiding swimming, lubricating the hole, and trying not to sleep with your new piercing against a pillow.
During the day, avoid fiddling with your piercings. Moving them around will only irritate the hole, similar to if you slept on it. You should avoid touching your jewelry in general unless you are in the process of cleaning it, and during cleaning always do so with clean hands or gloves.
Furthermore, try to avoid snagging your jewelry on anything. That can include hair, shirts, headphones, hoodies, and jackets. The extra rubbing and friction will do your ears no favours when it comes to healing. Once your ear is healed, your patience will be rewarded when you get to change your jewelry for something that expresses your style.
To Sum It Up
Ear piercings heal fairly quickly and often without incident if they are done right and kept clean/cared for properly. The most important factor is going to a professional piercer. For Piercing Shops in Toronto, there’s no better option than Chronic Ink. While better known for our world-renowned tattoo art, we are also the only piercing parlour in Toronto with a membership to the Association of Professional Piercers (APP). Stop by and see us today.
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