An industrial piercing is the connecting up of two or more pieces of cartilage in the ear via a barbell. It is often known as scaffold piercing outside the United States. The industrial piercing is one of the most common types of piercing there is outside the ear lobe piercing, although it’s quite safe to say that it isn’t one that you will be wearing throughout most of your life. Most industrial piercings take place in the upper part of the ear through the top opposite pieces of cartilage although many people also have them traversing through the entire ear.
The positioning of your industrial piercing is entirely up to you. Many people have theirs at an angle but it also works if the piercing locations are opposite. You should plan accurately with your piercer before you get your piercing done in order to ensure that you will be happy with the location. When you are looking to replace your piercing make sure that you choose a replacement piercing for industrial use, therefore you will need to make sure that you measure the current bar that you have in place because obviously the distance between locations will be different for everybody.
During a piercing the piercer will first help you decide the location you want for your industrial piercing. They may choose various different locations based on your feedback. It is up to you to choose the best location for you. The piercing will then take place using a hollow needle through the two separate entry points. Don’t worry, it’s not as painful as it sounds. Sometimes the holes are left to heal separately, but more often than not they are connected up straight away.
After Care of the holes is slightly more complex with an industrial piercing, you may also feel a stinging sensation in your ear for up to two weeks after, don’t worry though, this is perfectly normal! Total healing of the piercing point can take around 6 months total as it occurs through hard cartilage. You should not be changing your industrial piercing at all during this time.
You should not move your piercing at all. The industrial piercing will cause great deals of pain if moved or bumped into during the healing process. The piercing will need cleaning with a saline solution at least twice a day, you can also purchase anti-bacterial soap for this purpose although very often it is not required. If you notice any types of oozing from the wound then this could be down to infection and you may need to consult a doctor if it persists. Never ever touch your piercing with dirty hands, this is a direct route to infection.
A piercing industrial is one of the most prominent types of piercings that you can have, they also look fantastic. There are a huge range of options out there on the market for you to choose when the puncture points have healed up in order to make it look even better. I suggest you take a look at some of them out there on the market, they are much more than simple bars.