What is conch piercing and how is it done?
The conch is a large and concave area which is located at the outer ear’s center. Conch piercing refers to the process if getting this area pierced to wear jewelry. Conch in your ear is the cartilaginous part and is considered to be the most risky among ear cartilage piercings. However, for an expert or professional who is thorough with the process, it is not much troubling. Usually only a single piercing is done in the area and is thus called conch piercing. The conch is different in different individuals. However, it is a cartilaginous piece which is thick and therefore it is somewhat difficult to pierce through it. However, the wound heals up really fast when it is given proper aftercare.
Women can be seen wearing different kinds of jewelry on the conch. There are many who love to wear large gauge plugs on the conch while other can be seen wearing small ones. The jewelry that is typically recommended for normal conch piercing includes the normally available barbell that is circular in shape or fourteen or twelve gauge CBR. If it is a ring, it has to be quite large so that it encircles the helix completely from the central part of the ear.
In case if the piercing to be done is large, it should be done with the help of dermal punch. This is because it is much less damaging for the tissue. The cartilage cannot be stretched and thus if you wish to wear plugs, the hole needs to be cut out or carved out.
How to get proper conch piercing jewelry?
The trickiest aspect of getting a conch piercing is its jewelry. Even when you get the piercing done on both the ears, it becomes really difficult to get the matching pieces of conch jewelry for both the ears. The best aspect about conch piercing is that since the location is secure which is near the outer ear’s center, they come with little or no chances of migration or rejection.
There are two different ways in which conch jewelry is worn. There are varieties that have rings going through the ear’s outer rim, and there are others that rest on the inner part of the ear. The size of the labret stud or CBR that you choose should be appropriate depending on the kind of style that you choose. For the sake of safety the needle piercings should not be larger than fourteen gauges. If the piercing to be done is larger, it should be done with the help of a dermal punch. The actual dimensions of the jewelry should be determined by the professional who undertakes the piercing and it should be based on the anatomy.
The enlarged conch piercing
It is rather convenient to wear large jewelries like tunnels or plugs on the conch beside the lobe. However, care should be taken that piercings on the ear should not be stretched. What can be done instead is a large gauged conch piercing should be carved out or cut out with the help of dermal punch. You must also know that dermal punching is a painful and bloody process which is not for everyone. If you are going for dermal punching you need to be sure that you can bear the pain.
Aftercare and healing of the piercing
The most important part about conch piercing is that the chances of migration and rejection get reduced since you will find a good number of tissues around it. But, the location of the piercing is such that it is susceptible to getting irritated and therefore infected very easily. Thus it is very important to follow the instructions of aftercare completely so as to make sure that the wound gets healed quickly. The actual healing time differs between two and twelve months. The first two weeks are most crucial in the process of healing. This period is sensitive and the wound should not be touched because even the slightest of dirt or dust can lead to bacterial formations which can lead to infections. It is best not to touch the wound except when it is to be cleaned.
When the piercing is to be cleaned, hands should be washed thoroughly with a soap that has strong antibacterial properties. This will prevent the area from getting infected. The best and the safest way to clean the piercing is by dipping a cotton ball in saline water and dabbing it gently on the wounded area. This should be done at least two times in a day and is best when done thrice. You also need to take care that your sleeping position does not hurt the wound. For the first few days you should be wary when you sleep. If you sleep on the side where the piercing is done, you will hurt yourself and both the wound and the pain will take longer to heal. This is another reason for which you will find most of the professional piercers recommending piercing a single ear at a time. You can have a piercing done on the other ear when the wound on one ear has healed completely. The phone can be held on the other ear till the wound on one side is healed. If you have long hairs, you can tie it up into a knot so that loose hair does not touch the wound. It can cause pain if hair gets stuck to the wound.
While these are the most important aftercare methods, you also need to keep in mind that the jewelry is better not changed for the first three to four months after the piercing has been done. When the piercing has been healed completely you can flaunt different rings and studs almost every day.
Do not try piercing either your own or a friend’s conch
Piercing is something that always calls for professional help and more so in case of a cartilage piercing. As it is that the ear conch is a cartilage, it can be severely risky if you venture on the process of piercing it by yourself. Improper piercings on the cartilage can cause serious problems starting from hearing impairment to disfigurement of the ear. While it may seem a simple task when the professionals do it, you should understand that it is the knowledge and the experience of the professionals that help them carry out the task with ease. There are a number of tiny blood vessels that are surrounding the cartilaginous part of the ear. So, any improper piercing can hurt the blood vessels giving issuance to major problems.
The boxers can be noticed as getting what you will call cauliflower ears, which is auricle hematoma. This occurs because they are most often hit by their opponents on the head’s side. Cartilage piercings or conch piercing can get really serious and damaging if it is not done in the proper manner. They can lead to infections, that, at times can be life threatening.
Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on July 08, 2015:
Very interesting look at piercing.