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Second and third ear lobe piercings

Piercing Updated October 26, 2020

You are thinking about getting your seconds done and maybe your thirds. Here is a quick overview of ideas and what you need to know in terms of pros and cons including placement of your second and third ear lobe piercings.

What are the names and position(s) of second and third ear piercings?

First, second and third piercings are considered standard lobe piercings.

There are no strict rules when it comes to lobe piercings.

Some people aim for symmetry using equal spacing and others go for an asymmetric look (e.g. one in the lobe and say 4 in succession further up the ear). There are also emerging lobe piercing trends such as double vertical or stacked lobe piercings where the piercings are stacked vertically. Ear constellations are also a very popular trend, piercing three points in the lobe to make a triangle shape. It helps to have a clear goal in mind of your final look to ensure the correct placement.

Think carefully about the look you would like to see when you come into salon to speak with our professional staff. Generally, your new piercing should be at least 8mm away from your first piercing. Reference photos gathered from Instagram or Pinterest are great to show your piercer during the consultation, your piercer will discuss the best way to achieve your desired look, keeping the anatomy of your ear in mind.

Pain and healing time

The pain is mild as there is no cartilage in the earlobes. Ear lobes are one of the fastest parts of the body to heal as they are soft and fleshy taking only 1 – 2 months to heal. After this time you can change your jewellery over to any style you wish!

What jewellery type can I have for second and third ear piercings?

We use Surgical Stainless Steel (which is silver colour), we also have Surgical Stainless Steel in gold, rose gold and black coloured PVD coating. If you have allergies or sensitive skin, ask for titanium or Bioplast (ask for them by name). Both rings and studs are available, in a variety of options including internally threaded, externally threaded and threadless.

What age do I have to be to get my seconds and thirds pierced?

If you are under 16 you will need a parent or legal guardian to come with you to have your lobes or any other part of your body pierced to sign a consent form and be present during the piercing procedure. If you are over 16 you can come in solo for a piercing and you will need to bring a form of photo identification with you!

How do I avoid infection?

Use our Sterilear Aftercare Sprays to keep the area clean and free of any bacteria. Adhere to our piercing aftercare instructions found here and definitely do not touch or rotate your piercing jewellery.

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