Who doesn’t love a good cartilage piercing? If you’re thinking about getting a new piercing, an orbital ear 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 Piercing

What is an Orbital Piercing?

Orbital Lobe Piercing Location:

An orbital ear lobe piercing is located on your ear lobe. Creating a circular look, an orbital lobe piercing required two ear piercings that connect to each other with one piece of jewelry.

Orbital Cartilage Piercing:

An orbital cartilage piercing is similar to an orbital lobe piercing, but includes a piercing through a piece of cartilage on the ear. Though possible to achieve in multiple areas, one of the most common is between the tragus and the anti-tragus as seen in the featured image.

Orbital Piercing Pain:

The question “do orbital piercings hurt” all 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 ear lobe piercing involves two holes, it may have a slightly higher pain level than a typical lobe piercing. Piercing pain is temporary, so if you are experiencing pain weeks after your piercing, we recommend contacting a professional piercer.

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.

Recommended jewelry:

Captive bead rings (circular barbells)

Types of Orbital Piercings

There are many types of orbital piercings, but here are a few of the most popular kinds:

Double Orbital Piercing:

A double orbital piercing can live anywhere on the ear, but requires two orbital piercings that live next to each other.

Helix Orbital Piercing:

A helix orbital piercing is amongst the most popular, and requires two holes on the helix and one piere of jewelry.

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.


Orbital Piercing Jewelry

Orbital Ring Piercing:

To achieve the orbital look, you’ll need to use a captive ring, or an orbital piercing hoop.

When can I change my orbital jewelry?

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!

How do I clean my orbital piercing hoop?

We recommend cleaning your body jewelry with warm, soapy water. Do not use rubbing alcohol as this may cause tarnishing. For more information, reach out to your professional piercer. Make sure to check out our body piercing and body jewelry aftercare tips!

How much do orbital piercings and jewelry cost?

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 piercing types, orbital piercing cost, and captive bead pricing.


Orbital Piercing Aftercare

Orbital Piercing Healing:

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.

How do I clean my body piercing?

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 body 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.

What should I do if my orbital piercing gets infected?

If you’re experiencing orbital piercing 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.

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 piercing types, aftercare tips, aftercare products, types of body jewelry, and more? Visit The InspoSpot for all the body piercing FAQs you need!

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