Everything you need to know about standard lobe piercings

The most common ear piercing is the standard lobe. Unlike cartilage piercings, standard first lobe piercings are usually performed symmetrically on both ears.

This guide contains information about standard lobe piercings including the jewellery you can wear and pain levels as well as aftercare tips and healing times.

What is a lobe piercing?

Standard first lobe piercings are performed in the centre on the fleshy part at the bottom of the ear known as the Lobule.

For multiple lobe piercings, many opt for second, third or fourth lobe piercings that extend up the ear.

You can also align your lobe piercings vertically which are known as stacked lobe piercings.

How painful is a lobe piercing?

On the pain scale, lobe piercings rank at a 2-3 out of 10 varying from person to person.

What jewellery can you wear in a lobe piercing?

First lobe piercings are really versatile and once healed are suitable for studs, clicker hoops and huggies.

At Laura Bond, we love styling our healed first lobe piercings with a matching pair of huggies.

Similarly, high lobe piercings are also suitable for studs, clicker hoops and huggies.

Browse the jewellery styles we would recommend to wear in healed high lobe piercings. Please always check sizing before purchasing as each persons piercing locations and ear anatomy vary.

You will be pierced with a longer labret stud initially to allow space for swelling before sizing down for a snugger fit once this has subsided.

Jewellery for healed lobe piercings

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What is the aftercare for a lobe piercing?

To ensure your lobe piercing heals well, we would recommend the following tips:

  • Gently clean your new piercing twice daily with a sterile saline solution - we love Neilmed piercing mist. Moisture can lead to bacteria so make sure you dry the area afterwards - the cool setting on a hairdryer works well.
  • Take extra care when removing clothes and styling hair to avoid snagging the jewellery.
  • Sleep on the opposite side of your piercing or use a donut travel pillow.
  • Avoid swimming in lakes, pools or hot tubs for 2-3 weeks while the piercing is still fresh.
  • Visit your piercer for a routine check up consultation around 6 weeks after. They'll check if you need to downsize the post of your stud - downsizing can help the healing process once the initial swelling has subsided.
  • And lastly, leave it alone as much as possible and let the natural healing process occur.

How long does a lobe piercing take to heal?

A lobe piercing can take anywhere between 3-6 months to fully heal but this varies from person to person.

Laura says:

"The perfect piercing to change up your look as much as you please.

Statement hoops, chain linked studs or classic huggies - anything goes in this popular piercing placement."

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