Just when you think you don’t have any more room for piercings on your ears, conch piercings are available! Conch piercing designs are slightly limited on the variety of pieces available because of the location of the ear that needs to be pierced. But they make great additions to your fashion-forward pieces.

Conch piercing designs are pierced holes that go through the middle part of the ear cartilage. There are two parts to the conch: the inner and outer conch. The inner conch looks like a cup-shaped area near the ear canal in the center part of the inner ear. The outer conch is on the flat part of the ear, between the edge or helix and the ridge that outlines the antihelix part of the ear. 

A conch piercing is possible in both of these areas, and the piercing procedure will be similar to other types of ear cartilage piercings. One fun fact about the conch piercing is that it gets its name because of its resemblance to a conch shell. Plus, it has the largest area of ear cartilage on the ear. 

Pain and Healing Time of a Conch Piercing

It’s hard to say exactly how much a conch piercing will hurt because every individual person has a different pain tolerance when it comes to any kind of body piercing. Any body piercing will be painful to a degree. A conch piercing is usually done using a 14G needle, or larger if you request it. Once the area is pierced, a threadless stud will be used during the healing process, or a straight or curved barbell can also be used. 

Pain is a very subjective thing. Some individuals might admit that they felt a huge amount of pain and soreness, but this pain shouldn’t be anything more than the pain from other cartilage piercings. Cartilage piercings are more painful than lobe piercings because they have thicker flesh. 

While it might hurt more than a lobe piercing, this type of piercing is usually found on the same pain scale as most other common piercings, plus it will be over in an instant. The only thing being soreness after the piercing is finished, as the most common complaint. 

If you want to get your conch piercing done with a larger piercing, then it would need to be done with a needle bigger than a standard 14G needle. But keep in mind that this will add onto the discomfort of getting pierced. For this, it’s recommended that you use a dermal punch. A dermal punch is a tool that looks like a hole puncher. The circular blade removes a circular disk of cartilage from the ear, which makes it a slightly more invasive procedure than a regular piercing. Dermal punch is usually used with outer conch piercings because of the flatness in the area, something that the inner conch area doesn’t have. 

Conch Piercing Cost

The cost of a conch piercing design will depend on the location and piercing shop you go to. It will also depend on the type of luxury jewelry you choose. Be sure to call a few local piercing parlours ahead of time so that you can get an idea of the pricing involved in getting the piercing and the quality jewelry. Sage Tattoo Shop in Ottawa offers fine piercings and luxury jewelry in a professional piercing shop, with most piercings starting at $40.

Conch Healing and Aftercare

The cartilage part of your ear has less blood flow compared to other types of tissue on your body. So, this affects healing times and causes them to be different from other piercings you might have gotten previously. 

Follow these tips so you can get the best healing experience possible for your conch piercing:

Always wear the right jewelry on your ears. 

The type of jewelry you wear can affect the time it takes for your piercing to heal. With a newly pierced conch, you should avoid wearing rings since they will slow down the healing process. This is because hair strands and clothing tend to get stuck in the wiring while you do daily tasks like get dressed or when you bathe. This irritates the piercing and prevents it from healing. 

Try not to put things on your ears. 

Aside from hats, headphones, hair and other jewelry which come into contact with your ears, there are many other objects out there that will increase your risk of infection to your piercing by exposing it to bacteria. It’s important that you try to avoid foreign objects as much as possible from touching your piercing, especially during the first few days of your new piercing. Irritation from hats, hair or headphones can also slow down the healing process. 

Avoid putting pressure on your jewelry and movement. 

Constantly moving your piercing jewelry or sleeping on the side with your new piercing will cause unnecessary trauma to the skin around the piercing. This trauma can lead to scarring or bumps in the piercing. If you want to get both of your ears pierced, it’s recommended that you don’t do both sides at the same time so you can still sleep on one side without the jewelry and avoid subjecting it to unnecessary pressure. 

Be consistent with your aftercare. 

Since cartilage piercings are more at risk of developing trauma or complications during the healing process, you should do your best to stay on top of keeping your ear and piercing clean. Make sure that the pierced area doesn’t have any build-up of ear wax or dead skin. Using a saltwater solution is typically recommended to use to clean your piercing for a faster healing process. You can buy a premixed solution or mix it yourself using salt and warm water. You should be cleaning your piercing twice a day for the first 6 to 12 weeks before you start reducing the amount to once every two days, then eventually once a week. In short, it’s important to stick to your aftercare. 

Ready to Get Your Own Conch Piercing?

Visit Sage Tattoo and Art Gallery in Ottawa where we have some of the best tattoo artists and piercers in the city who can work with you to figure out the best piercings for you. If you’ve got any questions about finding the right tattoo artist or tattoo shop, don’t wait to contact us. We would be happy to answer any of your inquiries.