Types of ear piercing for men

Types of ear piercing

Getting an ear piercing is a tradition and a fashion, but above all it is a form of expression. As with all body modifications (for example, tattoos), piercings allow you to bring out your rebellion and creativity.

The options for ear piercing are the same for everyone, regardless of gender, and are as follows:

  • Lobe (A)
  • Helix (B)
  • Industrial (C)
  • Front propeller (D)
  • Rook (E)
  • Daith (F)
  • Snug (G)
  • Orbital (H)
  • Antitragus (I)
  • Tragus (J)

Lobe piercing

Ear lobe piercing

There are three types of lobe piercing. The characteristics of the chosen earring are key. For example, dilators provide a punk, alternative effect. You also have to decide whether to pierce only one lobe or both. One is a good start, but if you like symmetry, eventually you might get the other ear as well. And not only because of the symmetry, but because piercings are attributed an addictive quality.

  • Standard lobe (A)
  • Upper lobe (B)
  • Transverse lobe (C)

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The one in the central area of ​​the lobe is the most common ear piercing among men. It is also the piercing that the dilators are placed in, a type of jewelry that can expand the ear hole from just a few millimeters to a few centimeters. It is a trend among millennials, although there are people from previous generations who also wear them with a lot of style. And is that age is not an obstacle for any type of piercing.

The upper lobe piercing is located in the upper part of it. It is usually combined with the standard lobe piercing. Finally, the piercing in the ear that goes through the thickest part of the lobe, instead of front to back, is called a transversal. This is less common, so The transversal is a very interesting idea if you would like to wear a piercing that differentiates you from the rest.

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Cartilage piercing

Industrial piercing

With the exception of the lobe, all ear piercings must go through cartilage (helix, industrial, daith…). Besides being more painful, it requires more patience. While the former heal relatively quickly (4-6 weeks), cartilage piercings can take 3-6 months to return to normal, and sometimes even more, depending on the type of piercing. This is because there is less blood flow in cartilage.

During this time it is important to maintain good hygiene (it is advisable to clean it twice a day with saline solution), monitor the healing process and above all do not change the earring, as this increases the risk of rejection and infection.

Your ear may ache for a while when resting your head on the pillow with that side of the face. So if you plan to pierce the cartilage in the other ear as well, consider waiting until the first one is fully healed. Otherwise, at night it can be quite difficult to find a comfortable position.

The best ear piercings for men

Man with ear piercing

Personal touches help looks earn style points. And ear piercings are among the most effective accessories in this regard. When it comes to the face, combine a piercing (either ear, nose or elsewhere) with a beard and a toupee made with good taste can help you project a modern and current image.

Standard, industrial, helix and orbital lobe are considered the best areas for men. But getting it to work is not so much a matter of the type of piercing as the shape of the earring itself.

Generally, men wear larger and heavier piercings that the women. A simple and robust design in black or silver is a safe bet. For example, a plain black barbell, ring, or plug dilator. Pointed finishes accentuate toughness. However, it depends on personal preferences. If you prefer something more subtle or colored, there is no reason not to wear it.

What is the best material?

Titanium hoop piercing

Piercings are made of different materials. Choose hypoallergenic titanium if you want to make sure you wear an ear piercing without causing any allergic reactions, since these occur very rarely with this material. Second to safety is stainless steel.

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Organic materials such as wood are also used for the expansions. Wooden dilators are lighter than metal ones. Another of its advantages is that, apparently, it eliminates bad odors thanks to its porosity. The market offers a huge variety of wooden piercings, both in terms of the kind of wood and the design. And, unlike the rest of the materials, this one allows to capture in it practically any motif that the designer comes up with, from mandalas to skulls, passing through comic symbols.


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