Piercing

Ear piercing specialist

Ear styling and piercing clinic

At Perfectly Applied we believe jewellery should reflect and embody the wearer's personality to create an individual look for each client.

We have joined forces with Amulette London focusing on luxury materials and quality stones to create pieces which resonate with clients of all ages and looks.

Perfectly Applied offers a bespoke styling and piercing service, working with the highest quality materials from Titanium to 9, 14 and 18 carat gold with and without stones.

We only pierce with the highest grade materials and adhere to the highest standards of hygiene to ensure clients are pierced professionally in a high class studio.

 

At a glance

Treatments needed

1

Price

from £25

Treatment time

20 mins (varies)

Healing time

1-6 month

How long it lasts

lifetime

Maintenance treatment

Some piercing may need to be downsized once settled.

Types of Piercing

Types Of Piercing
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Who is it for?

This treatment is suitable for all. At Perfectly Applied we treat over 18 years only.

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Lobe Piercing

The lobe is the fleshy, bottom part of your ear and the most popular piercing to date. Because of its placement, this piercing tends to be very low on the scale of discomfort, clients often feel a slight sting but this is all. The healing time, normally around 6 weeks, is one of the quickest piercings to heal. Once it's fully healed, you will then be able to change your earrings.

Daith Piercing

An increasingly popular piercing due to its growing reputation as a cure for migraines, the daith is the innermost piece of cartilage in the ear, passing along the crus of the helix. The area of the cartilage itself is in a curved, slightly hard-to-reach spot just above the ear canal.

Because of the rather sensitive location in the ear, the daith piercing is quite advanced and uses a special curved needle to get through the area. The purpose of the look is to ensure that the bottom part of the ring used for the piercing, looks like it is coming directly out of the ear canal.

Being thick cartilage, the healing process is generally longer then a lobe piercing, lasting anywhere from three to 12 months to completely heal, depending on how well you follow the aftercare. If you properly look after the piercing then a 6 month healing time is more realistic.

Tragus Piercing

The tragus is that little triangular shaped piece of cartilage that sits above your ear canal. The purpose of the tragus is to actually collect sound from behind you, but also has become the perfect location for piercings. Not everybody can get a tragus piercing unfortunately.  In some cases, a piercing artist may not perform the procedure because your tragus is too small. If your tragus is too small and is pierced anyway, it could cause a serious tear and leave permanent damage to your ear.  Your tragus piercing can take anywhere between 3 and 9 months to heal, and possibly up to a year in some cases.

The anti-tragus earring is located in the little triangular shaped spot just above the ear lobe, and beside the tragus. Your piercing would sit on the spot where cord to your earphones would rest. Allow 3-6 months for healing.

Rook Piercing

The Rook is located on the folded part of the upper inside of your ear, Pain levels really depend on the person themselves, as most people claim it is no more painful than other cartilage piercings, while some claim it is the most painful piercing available. As it is located just above the ear canal, it is important to take proper care of the piercing site to avoid infections, the healing period is approximately 3-6 months.

Helix Piercing

The helix piercing is just an elaborate way of describing a cartilage piercing in the upper part of your ear, and can include a double or triple helix, or forward helix piercing.
As this piercing is through cartilage the general healing process is around three to six months, in some cases it can take up to a year.

Helix Piercings

Snug Piercing

The snug piercing is located in the middle of the outer rim of the ear, piercing both the inner and outer parts of the ear. Healing is normally around 3-6 months and you will need to avoid sleeping on it during the six-month healing process, too.

Conch Piercing

The inner conch is that cup-shaped area just beside the ear canal, in the centre of the ear, while the outer conch is the flat piece of the ear between the helix and the antihelix.

The healing process will be between three to 12 months, the healing time can be improved if the aftercare is followed correctly.

Industrial Piercing

Industrial piercings are any two cartilage earrings connected by a single piece of jewellery. The industrial bar generally goes through the upper cartilage of the ear, usually the forward-helix and the helix on the opposite side.

You may have heard of the industrial piercings other names, the most popular being the ‘construction piercing’, or ‘scaffold piercing’. Sometimes it is simply known as ‘the bar’.

An industrial bar can be placed in several different ways across the cartilage of the ear, horizontally, vertically or lopsided; you can choose your style.

With proper aftercare and leaving the piercing to settle it can be fully healed in a month, however it can sometimes take up to 6 months.

You should never remove or change your piercing until you are completely certain that it is fully healed.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is the needle piercing technique safer than using a piercing gun?

Yes, a piercing performed with a needle is safer. There are several reasons for this: firstly a piercing gun cannot be effectively sterilized and there are documented cases of disease transmission from piercing guns.

Gun studs also do not accommodate for the different thicknesses of ears and lobes and the studs can easily become embedded.

Getting your ear cartilage pierced with a gun can be especially dangerous and carries a risk of permanent damage as the piercing guns force a relatively blunt stud through the ear with great force which can cause microscopic tears in the earlobe tissue and potentially shatter ear cartilage.

It is known that people who get their ears pierced with a gun have more trouble with infections, hypergranulations and other ear piercing problems than those who get pierced with piercing needles.

I highly recommend having a professional piercer who uses piercing needles perform your piercing rather than having an unskilled technician from a piercing boutique pierce your ears with a piercing gun.

Your safety is my main concern and therefore I use single-use, disposable piercing needles. Jewellery is sterilized prior to insertion and other implements used are sterilized as well.

How soon can I change my jewellery?

Jewellery should be left in for the duration of the healing period, but the jewellery can be changed as soon as it is healed. For lobes this is 6-8 weeks and cartilage around 6 months. However jewellery can be swapped when you are come in for your downsize, which is required for some piercings.

Which is the most painful ear-piercing to get?

Pain in subjective however the industrial piercing is considered one of thee most uncomfortable, this is because it's not just one, but two piercings in two different parts of sensitive cartilage.

Is it bad to sleep on your new piercing?

Sleeping on your piercings makes them take longer to heal. It is important to be aware of your piercing and not put pressure on the area. If you MUST sleep on the side of your piercing, use a travel neck pillow, and sleep with your ear right in the centre of the hole. It is advisable to consider which side you sleep on when considering the location of your piercings.

Will it hurt?

The pain is minimal and completely bearable. There might be some discomfort: you will feel sharpness when the needle is inserted, but as the piercing is over normally within a few seconds it shouldn’t be too sore. Of course, pain is subjective and what you might find completely unbearable someone else might not even feel. Piercings in general are around a 4/10 in terms of discomfort and generally feel more manageable then having an IV drip inserted.

To give you an idea, below is the most painful to least painful piercings:

1. Most Painful: Industrial Piercing.

2. Conch Piercing

3. Snug Piercing

4. Rook Piercing

5. Tragus Piercing

6. Helix Piercing

7. Daith Piercing

8. Least Painful: Lobe Piercing

Pre-treatment advice:

  • Consult your GP about any allergies, medical conditions or medication that may affect your piercing.
  • Make sure to bring photo ID along as at Perfectly Applied we only treat those over 18 years unaccompanied.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and painkillers which may thin your blood or impair your decision-making abilities.
  • Allow plenty of time for your piercing appointment so you do not feel panicked or rushed on the day.
 

After care

There are a number of things you should and shouldn’t do during the ear piercing healing stage, no matter which type of piercing you get.

  • DO ensure before you touch the piercing that you wash your hands thoroughly every time with bacterial soap.
  • DO keep your ear piercing(s) clean. Ear piercing should be cleaned twice a day for five minutes per session with sea salt solution and misted 3-6 times per day with a quality saline spray. This routine should be followed for the entire healing period.
  • DO carefully check the ball(s) of your piercing after touching it or cleaning it. Tighten them as needed.
  • DO protect your earlobe and helix piercings from hair products because they can irritate your sensitive new piercing. Shield your ear when you apply hair spray and keep gel and mousse away from your ear piercing.
  • DO NOT go to sleep on your side during the healing process, particularly if you have recently gotten a helix piercing. You’re likely to wake up with a sore red ear if you do.
  • DO NOT apply any oils, creams or balms to your piercing while they’re healing.
  • DO NOT twist, turn or slide your jewellery because this might push bacteria into your healing ear piercing.
  • If you see “crust” form around your piercing, don’t worry. During the healing process it is normal for the body to excrete lymph, which is a clear substance that dries to a whiteish crust.
  • DO follow the above healing guidelines to ensure your piercing heals well.