Women in London and the USA are sporting not only one ear cartilage piercing but multiple piercings in the most uncommon places like a snug piercing.
The snug area of the ear is found in the lower part the antihelix. The piercing passes through the medial to the lateral portions of the antihelix and not from front to back.
This kind of piercing was coined by Caitlin Theobald after her successful fashion clothing brand name Snug Industries back in the middle of the 1990’s.
How snug piercing is done?
Snug piercing is not for everyone. There are two important criteria before a professional piercer performs snug piercing. First, there must be ample space on the ear cartilage to make this piercing possible. Then, the cartilage must be strong to allow the piercing to be performed.
To do the piercing, your piercer will first clean the ear with a disinfectant before he marks the area of the snug to be pierced. Then he will perforate the cartilage using a cannula needle. When the tubing has been placed, the snug piercing jewelry can now be inserted.
What does a snug piercing jewelry look like?
A straight or curved barbell is the most recommended first piercing jewelry. The jewelry must be 18 gauge to 14 gauge thickness and a length of 8 to 10 mm. After the wound has healed, you can use ball closure ring, circular rings or horseshoe circular barbells.
A stud similar to the piece used in earlobes can be used for a standard helix piercing. Titanium or surgical steel jewelry is used because it is the least reactive metal and it usually has a very tight back to hold the jewelry in place.
Do not replace the initial jewelry until the piercing is totally healed.
Some people may be fascinated by the snug piercing but are uncertain to try the real one. For a more fashionable look without the discomfort of a long healing process, they can use a faux snug piercing. It is done with two separate piercings that appear to be snug piercing.
Does a snug piercing hurt?
It is always a question of how much pain your body can tolerate. Oftentimes, pain relievers can fix it.
Antihelix has thick cartilage on it so piercing it can be painful. The pain and discomfort can stay for awhile because this part of the ear is the most sensitive.
Bleeding can occur but it stops soon.
Snug piercing takes longer to heal because it is done on a cartilage. The cartilage does not have enough blood supply which makes healing time longer. Complete healing can occur between three to nine months.
Snug piercing is considered to be the most difficult ear piercing to heal without any issues. Swelling, redness, discomfort, tiredness, and itching can happen during the healing process.
How to care for your snug piercing?
Only let professional piercer do your snug piercing. During this period of healing, aftercare tips must be followed to avoid any infection.
- Always ensure that your hands are washed with antibacterial soap before you touch your piercing.
- Clean the piercing once or twice daily for three weeks of the initial stage.
- Keep the area clean. Avoid getting your hair entangled to avoid irritation.
- Clean the fresh piercing before bedtime
- Do not sleep in your new snug piercing.
- Avoid swimming or sharing personal liquid items to prevent infection.
- Do not scratch, pick, play, rub or remove your new piercing jewelry.
- Do not use cream, peroxide or ointment especially those used by another person. This may lead to infection, swelling and prolong the healing.
- If anything seems wrong, call your professional piercer for advice.
- Purchase the correct aftercare products.