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?
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. Although the inner diameter of clicker hoops and huggies worn in this placement is usually smaller (5mm or 6mm) than first lobe piercings for maximum comfort.
You will be pierced with a longer stud or larger clicker hoop initially to allow space for swelling before sizing down for a snugger fit when healed.
Jewellery for healed lobe piercings
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.