We’ve been over so many different types of ear piercings that you can get, but you know we love our body jewelry so we could go on all day! With so many body piercing and ear piercing options, it can be difficult to figure out which body piercing is the best choice for you. If you’re tired of the standard lobe piercings and cartilage piercings and are looking to explore some more intricate ear piercing options, then a snug piercing might be just for you! The snug piercing or anti-helix piercing is one of our favorites, and we’re going to be telling you everything you need to know about them so you can decide for yourself if they are right for you! From the different types of snug piercing jewelry, snug piercing aftercare, the snug piercing procedure and more, get ready to learn everything you’ve ever needed to know about the stylish and trendy anti-helix piercing.

Snug Piercing

Snug Piercing Location: The snug piercing also known as an anti-helix piercing will go through the cartilage in your ear called … you guessed it, the anti-helix. The anti-helix is the little ridge in your ear that lies above the lobe and underneath the top part of the ear. The larger this part of your ear is, the easier it will be to pierce!

Snug Piercing Process: Snug piercings have grown in popularity over the years because it is a relatively simple piercing to get and looks great alongside some other lobe and cartilage piercings. After cleaning the anti-helix with some type of cleaner or disinfectant your piercer will use a sterilized hollow point needle to make the piercing and insert the jewelry into place.

Healing Time: 3-6 Months

Recommended Snug Piercing Jewelry: Barbells, captive bead rings, horseshoe rings, curved barbells

Now that you’ve gotten to know all about the snug piercing process and other important snug piercing info, here are a few helpful snug piercing FAQs:

Q: How long does a snug piercing take to heal?

A: Healing times vary for each type of ear piercing and depends on the makeup of your body. Typically, the snug piercing usually takes about 3-6 months to completely heal with proper cleaning and aftercare. We always recommend talking to a piercing professional about body piercing healing times, possible risks of pain or infection, and recommended ear piercing aftercare before getting your piercing. We also suggest that you refrain from removing the jewelry until completely healed unless it is giving you pain or other issues. 

Q: How bad does the snug piercing hurt?

A: One of the main decision factors for people deciding whether or not to get a new piercing is how much pain they will go through during the process. Snug piercings are known for being on the more painful side, so it’s best to speak to a piercing professional about if a snug piercing makes sense for you before making a full commitment. Depending on the makeup of your body your ear cartilage may not be thick enough to support a snug piercing.

Q: What size is a snug piercing?

A: When you go and get your initial snug piercing it is likely to be a 16 Gauge 3/8″ curved barbell. After a few months of healing you can usually size down to a barbell that is 5/16″.

Q: Where can I buy snug piercing jewelry?

A: Of course you’re going to need some new bling to go along with your new anti-helix piercing. We suggest speaking to your local piercer about the different types of jewelry they have available before getting pierced. Once your piercing has healed and you’re ready to make a style upgrade you can find new jewelry at your local piercing shop or right on our website at Spencers.com for the trendiest body jewelry around.  

Q: Are snug piercings safe?

A: As long as your piercing procedure is performed by a piercing professional, getting a snug piercing is considered safe. With proper cleaning and aftercare, you will give yourself the best chance to avoid infection, swelling, or any additional pain.

Q: When can I change my snug piercing?

A: For snug piercings, it’s important to make sure the piercing has completely healed before thinking about switching out the jewelry for something more stylish. Once your snug piercing has completely healed after 3-6 months, you can begin to change your piercing and explore other jewelry options.

Q: How do I clean my snug piercing?

A: After getting the piercing procedure done by a professional, they will usually talk you through the importance of aftercare and how to keep your piercing clean and healthy. To keep your body piercing clean we suggest getting some of our H2Ocean Aftercare Spray at Spencers.com. For more info on body piercing cleaning and aftercare be sure to check out our Body Piercing Aftercare Guide.

Now that you know everything you need to know about snug piercings you can decide for yourself if they are the right fit for you! Snug piercings are a stylish and unique choice of body piercing that works great alongside other ear piercings to create beautiful constellation piercings. If you’ve decided after reading this guide that you’re set on getting a snug piercing, then there’s no better place to get your first piece of jewelry than at Spencers.com. For more body jewelry and piercing guides, be sure to visit our blog at The Inspo Spot.

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