Courtesy of Maria Tash
Welcome back to our piercing series, Piercings 101. We've already brought you the intel on pretty much every piercing you could want, from a conch to a daith, but according to the piercing queen, Maria Tash, there's a new trend on the block: high-lobe piercings. So, of course, we had to hit Tash up for all the information you could need to know before taking the plunge. Just look at those jewellery adorned ears. It's tempting, right?
It's funny how trends come and go—whether it's makeup trends like matte lips and glossy lids, or fashion trends like pointy-toed shoes and strappy sandals. The same cyclical trends happen in the world of piercings: Now it's the high-lobe piercing that's the look du jour. "It's a fun placement without the commitment of the upper-ear cartilage," Tash tells me. "It's known as 'vertically paired' or the 'stacked-lobe' piercing," she says.
Tash believes the root of the trend comes from a place of troubleshooting. "[It's] a fix for poor placement of traditional lobe piercings that may have been done with an ear-piercing gun but has really become a popular choice for those that just want something fun." Keep reading for everything you need to know about getting a high-lobe piercing.
Is it more painful than a traditional lobe piercing?
No more than any other piercing when performed by a professional. Maybe there's a little discomfort, but it's soon forgotten when you've seen the end result.
Is it possible to get a high lobe piercing above an existing piercing or is it better for the positioning to have both at the same time?
Definitely—as long as there's the space, we can make it work.
Who suits a high lobe?
Anyone, as long as it's suitable for your ear. Anatomy is the biggest factor here. Also, consider space in relation to existing piercings. Some people only have tiny lobes, and it may not be possible.
How long does it typically take to heal?
On average, lobe piercings take two to four months to heal.
Is it painful to sleep on?
While we don't encourage clients to sleep on fresh piercings, if you're taking good care of your new piercing, you may not even notice them.
Do you pierce with a bar or hoop?
Generally, for the upper placement, I'd encourage a stud-style piece of jewellery, but the lower can look great with a stud or ring. And once fully healed, a larger-diameter ring could be placed in the upper piercing.
What does the aftercare involve?
Gently cleanse your fresh piercing with a sterile saline during with your daily shower. That's all that's needed.
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