Vertical lobe piercing started trending last year. It’s a great solution to balance out an existing lobe piercing that wasn’t placed properly. As well it’s also a popular style for those just starting their piercings.
Having two piercings stacked closely together adds a balance to your ear that one alone couldn’t achieve.
What Is A Vertical Lobe Piercing?
This style stacks a second lobe piercing right above an existing one. This second piercing is particularly helpful in balancing a lobe piercing that was placed off-center or too low.
Of course, you can get this done without having an existing lobe piercing. Many piercing artists get requests to do both piercings in the same sitting. If the piercings are too close together, the piercer may recommend waiting for the first to heal before performing the second.
The exact positioning of the second piercing depends on the shape of the ear and the desired outcome. Placement is not necessarily 90 degrees above, sometimes on an angle or even side-by-side.
How Does It Differ From A Curated Ear?
Like vertical lobes, a curated ear also involves multiple piercings. However, it usually includes more piercings. It’s when you work with a piercing artist to plan full sets of piercings on both ears that work together stylistically. Rather than get one at a time and building upon it, you will design the entire ear at once.
The piercing artist will take into account the shape of your ear and any existing piercings to suggest what piercings and jewelry would turn your ear into a work of art. It’s best to allow time to heal, so you may not get all the piercings in one sitting.
How Far Apart Should Vertical Lobe Piercings Be?
To create the visual balance a vertical lobe piercing is designed for, the two piercings are often fairly close together. But space needs to be left between them. The holes should be at least 8mm apart to account for the size of the jewelry.
How Much Does it Hurt?
Ear lobe piercings have fewer nerve endings than the cartilage and are among the least painful piercings to get. Unlike cartilage ear piercings the lobes are a fleshy area that offers little resistance to piercing needles.
Getting both piercings done in the same sitting won’t hurt significantly more, but can affect healing.
How Long Does It Take To Heal?
Earlobes heal much quicker than cartilage and, optimistically, you may be able to comfortably change your jewelry in 6 – 10 weeks. The healing time won’t change if you get two piercings instead of just one, but you can expect more swelling since they are so close to each other.
Be sure to read out Piercing Aftercare Guide for steps to clean your piercings and prevent infection.
What Types of Jewellery Can I Wear In Vertical Lobe Piercings?
Having two piercings close together is a great opportunity to mix and match jewelry.
Many people opt for a clean look of having matching studs, further emphasizing the clean look of the vertical lobe style. You can also play with different shapes and balance, wearing a larger stud on the top than on the bottom, or putting a hoop in the bottom hole.
There are no wrong answers here! If you want to keep up with current piercings trends, follow us on Instagram for plenty of inspiration.
I’m Adventurous – Can I Add A Third Piercing?
We’re glad you asked! You’re probably thinking of a variation on the vertical lobe style, sometimes called a pyramid.
There are plenty of tasteful and stylish variations on the vertical lobe piercing you can try, and our piercing artists can offer plenty of advice on how to best take advantage of your ear shape.
Looking For A Reputable Toronto & Vancouver Piercing Shop?
Whether you have an existing piercing or not, the vertical lobe style is a hot look that we get lots of requests for. To consult with one of our piercing artists in Downtown Toronto, book a piercing with us today, or drop in for a quick consultation.