Who doesn’t love a good cartilage piercing? If you’re thinking about getting a new piercing, an orbital piercing might be perfect for you. This unique ear piercing is all the rage and in this orbital piercing guide we’re going to tell you all about it. From the piercing process to orbital piercing jewelry and healing times, we’re here to give you the full scoop.

Orbital Piercings

Orbital Piercing

Orbital Piercing Location: An orbital piercing can be placed in multiple areas, and is a combination of two ear piercings that connect to each other by one singular piece of jewelry. There are many locations for orbital piercings, but a popular location is linked between the tragus and anti-tragus

Orbital Piercing Process: As mentioned above, in order to achieve the orbital piercing look, you’ll need to have multiple piercings and connect them with one piece of jewelry, typically a captive bead ring. Most cartilage ear piercings are performed with a hollow needle, but we recommend speaking to a piercing professional for procedure details.

Orbital Piercing Healing Time: Healing times for orbital piercings depend on which piercings you’ve gotten to create the orbital piercing look.

Recommended jewelry: Captive bead rings (circular barbells)

Still have questions? We got you. Here are some piecing FAQs:

Q: How long does it take orbital piercings to heal?
A: Since orbital piercings require two different types of piercings, healing times will vary. We recommend talking to a professional piercer to establish a healing timeline for your orbital piercing. To guarantee proper healing and reduce risk of infection, be sure to maintain piercing aftercare instructions.

Q: How painful are orbital piercings?
A: Piercing pain depends on your pain tolerance. You should speak to a piercing professional about pain management before getting your piercing so you have a better idea of what to expect. Since this piercing involves two holes, it may be slightly more painful than a typical lope piercing. Piercing pain is temporary, so if you are experiencing pain weeks after your piercing, we recommend contacting a professional piercer.

Q: How much do orbital piercings cost?
A: Piercing prices vary by location and shop. We recommend calling your local piercer to get an estimate for your orbital piercing. Your piercer will be able to give you information about types of piercings, orbital piercing cost, and captive bead pricing.

Q: How do I clean my orbital piercing?
A: Piercing aftercare is an essential part of the healing process. It’s important that you follow the aftercare instruction provided by your piercer to insure that your piercing heals properly and to avoid any chance of infection. We recommend using H2Ocean Aftercare spray or saline solution. Be sure to use a cotton swab with saline solution to clean hard to reach areas or if you have multiple piercings making it difficult to reach.

Q: What should I do if my orbital piercing gets infected?
A: If your cartilage piercing is giving you pain or discomfort we recommend contacting your piercer or a healthcare professional. If you experience redness, pain, or swelling at the piercing site, remove your jewelry immediately and follow the directions provided by your piercer and healthcare professional. To help reduce the risk of infection, be sure to practice piercing aftercare and wash your hands before touching your piercing or jewelry.

Q: When can I change my orbital cartilage jewelry?
A: Once both piercings are completely healed, it is safe to change your jewelry. When changing your jewelry, be sure to wash the jewelry with warm soapy water before insertion, and always wash your hands prior to touching your piercing. After the healing process, you’ll be able to accessorize your orbital piercings with circular barbells and more!

Q: What are some popular types of orbital piercings?
A: There are many ways to create this type of piercing. As mentioned above, an orbital ear piercing is created with a hoop. You can connect multiple types of piercings to create this popular piercing style. For example, any ear piercing, including transverse lobe piercings, inner ear piercings, forward helix piercings, lobe piercings, and more can create an orbital hoop. Ask about which piercing types you can get to achieve this look. Here are a few popular options:

  • Double helix piercing – Connect your double helix piercing with a captive hoop.
  • Conch – Instead of using a curved barbell, you can use a captive bead ring to connect your conch piercing.
  • Lobe – If you have multiple standard lobe piercings, connect when with a circular barbell.
  • Rook – Create an orbital piercing by connecting your rook piercings with a captive.
  • Tragus – As mentioned above, you can achieve this look by connecting the tragus and the anti-tragus.

Now that we explained the buzz about orbital piercings, it’s your time to shine. Want to learn more about ear piercings and cartilage piercings? Check out our ear piercing guide here.  Want more information on aftercare tips, aftercare products, types or jewelry, and more? Visit The InspoSpot for all the jewelry FAQs you need!

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