What is an orbital piercing
Orbital piercing is a trendy piercing style comprising of two perforations connected with one ring, giving the appearance of an orbit. The location of this piercing ideally centers the helix region, but can be done anywhere, including the earlobes, as long as your anatomy allows.
How to do an orbital piercing
Choose a proper piercing studio for a safe and hygienic experience. You can have both your piercings done at the same time, or separately. In fact, if you already have a part of your ear pierced, you may turn it into an orbital piercing by making a second perforation.
The helix or earlobes will be pierced with the help of a sterile hollow gauge needle, that will be kept inside till the jewelry is inserted. It is better if you initially treat them as two different piercings, wearing flat studs or barbells, connecting with a single jewelry after healing to lessen the chances of infection or migration.
Does an orbital piercing hurt
The level of pain depends on the skill of your piercer as well as the area where you are getting your piercing done. Helix orbital piercings may be more painful in comparison to the orbital lobe piercings.
Orbital piercing aftercare
- Wash your hands well every time prior to touching your piercing.
- Dip a cotton swab in warm water and use it for removing the crusted matter formed on your piercing.
- Make a solution by adding some uniodized salt to a cup of warm water and compress on your piercing for about five minutes, two to three times a day.
- Rinse the piercing well and pat gently with a dry towel.
- Use pillows having a hole in the middle to prevent any friction of the piercing.
- Touch, rotate or fiddle with your piercings.
- Use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide for cleaning your piercing.
- Take out the jewelry till your piercing has healed.
- Exert pressure on your piercing while sleeping.
Orbit piercing healing time
The healing time for your orbital piercing depends on the aftercare. Orbital piercings done in the cartilage area takes longer to heal in comparison to the ones done closer to the earlobes as the former has lesser number of blood vessels.
However, on an average, the orbital piercing takes about three to four months to heal.
Orbital piercing jewelry
A CBR or captive bead ring is an ideal jewelry choice for this piercing style. Other jewelry options include segment rings, horseshoe rings, and circular barbells. During the healing process, ball closure rings are suitable as it helps in minimizing the discomfort you may face while sleeping. To give yourself a stylish look you may opt for heart-shaped orbital rings that can be worn on the helix, lobe or conch.
How much does an orbital piercing cost
Though the cost varies from one store to the other also depending upon the fact whether you do both the piercings or one of them, the average price will be $30 to $40. A helix orbital piercing may be costlier ranging between $60 and $80.
Orbital piercing variations
Helix orbital piercings: THere the piercing is done in the helix or upper ear region with two perforations being made side by side with a ring orbiting the ear.
Lobe orbital piercings: This one is done on the lobes.
Conch orbital piercings: Unlike the standard conch piercing, it is done perpendicularly with a captive barbell ring being best for this style. The pain for this variation of conch piercing may be more especially if the inner conch is pierced.
Double orbital piercing: It may be a bit complicated but stylish too where the helix or conch region will have two orbital piercings.
Triple orbital piercing: Here you can make three perforations covering the helix, conch, and lobe.
Rook orbital piercing: The first piercing is in the antihelix region, joined by a ring with the second piercing in the rook.
Snug orbital piercing: An orbital illusion is created in the inmost ridge of your ear cartilage.
Vertical orbital piercing: The ring is placed in a vertical way in the helix region.
Tragus orbital piercing: The orbital impression is made in the tragus or the inner part of the external ear.