Your ears are the perfect canvas for ear piercings, especially when connecting separate piercings together with a stylish piece. That’s exactly what orbital piercings are! A piercing that’s connecting your other piercings together to form a beautiful combination of pieces.

In general, cartilage piercings such as the anti-tragus, conch, or rook piercings will have longer healing times. About three to five months. If that’s something that turns you off of getting these unique piercings, then luckily there is another option available with a shorter healing process. This piercing is known as an orbital piercing. 

Orbital piercing designs share some similar qualities to industrial piercing. It features two holes that can be connected by one piece of jewelry, but instead of being pierced using a bar your piercer will use a tiny hoop. While the short healing period of eight to ten weeks is a major bonus, the main advantage is its placement. Orbital piercings are located on the earlobe which means they are less painful than cartilage piercings. Their unique placement makes them a great addition to your existing constellation piercing. 

Orbital piercings can actually be placed in multiple areas. They are simply a combination of two piercings that connect to each other using one single piece of jewelry. There are many locations for orbital piercings, as we mentioned on the earlobe, but one other popular location is the tragus and antitragus. 

Orbital Piercing Process

In order to achieve an orbital piercing, you will need to get multiple piercings and have them connected by one piece of jewelry, as we mentioned earlier. Usually, the type of jewelry will be a captive bead ring. Most reputable piercing shops will do their ear and cartilage piercings using a hollow needle. But your piercing professional will be able to give you more details on their specific process, as it can vary from shop to shop. 

Pros of Orbital Piercings

Here are some of the pros to getting an orbital piercing:

  • You can choose to get them done one by one, so you can have a few days in between if you are worried about the pain
  • It will make you stand out from the crowd because of its unique placement as a piercing in the ear, as well as the unique way it holds the jewelry on the ear
  • There are many different types of jewelry choices for this type of piercing
  • It takes less time to heal compared to other types of cartilage piercings

Cons of Orbital Piercings

While there are plenty of pros to orbital piercings, it’s also important to understand some of the drawbacks before you make a decision. 

  • There are still chances of getting an infection with this piercing, as with any piercing, if not taken care of properly
  • Sometimes, orbital piercings can be very painful for an individual but that will depend on individual pain tolerance
  • It can lead to scarring of the tissue
  • Those who choose to get both piercings done at the same time and have a low pain tolerance can sometimes be overwhelmed, and the pain can be great

How much does an orbital piercing cost?

Piercing prices will vary depending on the location and shop you will be getting them done. We recommend calling a few local piercers to get a piercing idea of the price range for your orbital piercing and placement. Your piercer will then be able to give you more information regarding the types of piercings, the orbital piercing cost, and captive bead pricing at their particular store. 

I’ve gotten my orbital piercing, now what?

First of all, congratulations on the new piercing and orbital style! Now comes arguably the most painful part of the process, which is the healing process. With a piercing like the orbital piercing, you can expect things to heal within 4 to 6 months, or upwards of a year if you find that you heal slowly from things in general. But keep in mind that the better you are at the aftercare for your piercing, the smoother the healing process and the faster it will take to heal pierced holes. 

Different piercers will suggest different instructions when it comes to piercing aftercare. So really, the proper way to take care of your piercing will depend on who you ask. Every piercer will have a healing method that works best for them and their clients, so make sure you speak with your piercer about the proper care for your piercing. However, in general, the process to heal your cartilage or ear piercings are the same. 

In order for your piercing to heal correctly, be sure you touch your piercing as little as possible. The more that you touch, move and play with it, the longer it will take to heal and the more risk of infection. If you absolutely need to touch your piercing, make sure that your hands are clean and washed using a mild soap to make sure of it. 

Are there risks involved with an orbital piercing?

There are always risks when it comes to getting a piercing since it comes within the territory of body modification. However, if you go with an orbital or helix piercing on your cartilage there will be a higher risk of infection. It can be scary, but with continual proper care the infection can clear up on its own. 

Other than a risk of infection there isn’t really much risk to orbital piercings. Therefore, as long as you are gentle with it and you follow the proper aftercare instructions, you shouldn’t have anything else to worry about. 

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