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Second and Third Ear Lobe Piercings

Piercing Updated October 26, 2020

If you are thinking about getting your second lobes, or maybe your third lobes done you’ve come to the right place. Here is a quick overview of ideas and what you need to know before your piercing!

Keep reading to learn more pros and cons, including placement of your second and third ear lobe piercings. 👂

What is a lobe piercing?

A lobe or earlobe piercing is a piercing through the lower part of the earlobe. This is usually softer and fleshier than the rest of your ear.


What are the names of second and third ear piercings?

First, second and third earlobe piercings are considered standard lobe piercings. These can be referred to simply as your seconds or your thirds.


What placements should my seconds or thirds be?

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 initially heal. After this time you can change your jewellery over to any style you wish!

*Please note: these times are general and healing varies for the individual. If you are unsure, visit our Piercing Experts to consult and advise.

You may choose to changeover your jewellery, but jewellery should stay in your piercing for at least 24 months. We recommend waiting for your jewellery changeover period to downsize your jewellery.


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

We use Surgical Stainless Steel (which is silver in 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. 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! There may be some exceptions to this, check out our age requirements blog for more.


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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