Most of you will have probably seen or heard of the Industrial Piercing, also known as Scaffolding. The term Industrial Piercing refers to any piercing which connects two or more separate piercings together.
A straight barbell is worn between the piercings and secured in place with a ball behind both of the outside holes.
The most common location for this type of piercing is across the top of the ear cartilage. One of the piercings is placed in the helix on the outside of the ear whilst the other is in the anti-helix area. The bar is usually slightly diagonal rather than completely horizontal.
How Much Does the Industrial Piercing Hurt?
When you are planning to get a new piercing, one of the main questions you want answered is just that; “how much will it hurt?”.
To answer your question, the Industrial Piercing will hurt more than a Lobe Piercing. This is due to the fact that the needle goes through cartilage rather than soft skin of the ear lobe or the lip.
The thing is, this questions is very difficult to answer definitively, as it really depends on what your pain tolerance is like.
What are the Risks of the Industrial Piercing?
All Piercings come with their own unique set of risks. Before you go ahead and get an Industrial Piercing done you should know the risks. This will allow you to take the necessary steps to prevent anything from going too wrong when you do get the piercing done.
Industrial Piercing risks are as follows:
- Jewelry may start migrating and get rejected.
- Keloids – A type of scarring which appears as a red bump on the skin. Some people are prone to getting them whilst others are not. They occur when the skin is too thin to heal and as a result ends up scarring. This often happens after an infection.
- Pseudomonas – A bacterial infection which is most often seen on cartilage piercings. Can result in spread of infection, fever and physical deformity of the ear, otherwise known as “cauliflower ear”.
Industrial Piercing Aftercare
In order to prevent infection and the other complications mentioned above, you need to take good care of your piercing whilst it is healing.
Industrial piercings can be a bit awkward to keep clean, due to their placement and the jewelry getting in the way. Although there are ways around this problem. If you know what you are doing, keeping your Industrial piercing clean will be no problem and the healing process will be swift and painless.
The aftercare procedure for the inndustrial piercing is very similar to that of any other cartilage piercing. Although Industrial piercings can be a bit trickier to cleanse as the jewelry tends to get in the way, they can also take longer to heal, up to 24 weeks. You should cleanse twice a day for the entire healing period.
There are two highly effective cleansing methods which can be used on Industrial Piercings:
Cleansing with Piercing Aftercare Solution
One of the most powerful cleansing techniques for your industrial piercing is to use a piercing aftercare solution. I always recommend the EasyPiercing Care Kit, my personal favourite piercing cleansing solution.
This is such a simple way of keeping your piercing clean. All you really need to do is apply the solution straight to the piercing. You could use a cotton pad although you might not even need to if the solution comes in a spray bottle.
Cleansing with Saline Solution
Saline solution, the answer to nearly all piercing problems! One of the best ways to prevent infection and generally just to help your piercing heal up nice and quick.
Let me tell you how to use the Saline Solution method:
- Stir some sea salt into a cup of luke warm tap water.
- Saturate a cotton pad (do not use a cotton ball as the fibres may get stuck to your jewelry) in the solution.
- Apply the soaked pad to your piercing. Be sure to soak the piercing all over.
- Pat dry with a paper towel.
Here are some more tips:
- Don’t allow shampoo or any other strong chemical products to make contact with your piercing. If you do accidentally get something on your piercing, wash it out instantly with fresh running water!
- If the piercing is only one side, sleep on the side that is not pierced.
- If you wear a hat, make sure it is a clean one.
- Don’t touch your piercing with unclean hands. Wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap before handling your piercing or jewelry.
- Avoid saunas and swimming pools as they breed bacteria.
- Do not remove or change the jewelry until the piercing is completely healed.
- Do not use strong chemicals such as alcohol, ointments, topical solutions or creams or hydrogen peroxide.
Types of Jewelry for the Industrial Piercing
The most popular type of jewelry to wear in any type of industrial piercing is a standard industrial/scaffolding bar.
Sometimes, during the healing process, a Ball Closure Ring is worn. Although I would not recommend wearing anything other than an industrial bar during the healing process of your piercing. The reason for this is because the piercing will heal up at the wrong angle causing it to become misaligned.
Inserting an industrial bar into holes which are not aligned properly can be painful and may even cause damage to the piercings, which could result in migration, rejection or infection.
You should opt for a scaffolding bar when your piercing is done and not change it until it is fully healed.
Styles of Industrial Piercing
As I mentioned before, there are a few different style of Industrial Piercing.
Here are some photos of the most popular types of Industrial Piercing:
The Classic Industrial Piercing
It is located at the top of the ear, between a helix piercing and an anti-helix piercing. Usually it is positioned slightly diagonally, where it is lower on the outer side on the ear.
This piercing looks good with any type of industrial bar in it. You could wear a simple straight barbell or you could be eccentric and wear something dangly! Anything goes with this piercing.
This type of piercing is usually diagonal but can also be positioned perfectly horizontally. It all comes down to personal preference.
The Conch to Tragus Industrial
The Tragu piercing and the Concch piercing are both cool looking in their own right. Connect them with one long barbell and it’s bound to look freakin’ awesome!
This is a piercing for those who want something a bit different. People who like to go against the grain and stand out from the crowd.
If you are a music fan and you want this piercing, be prepared to stick to over-the-ears headphones!
The Vertical Industrial Piercing
If you decide to get a Vertical Industrial Piercing done, I would strongly advise you to go to a reputable piercer with lots of experience in industrial piercings, especially the vertical kin. Ask to see their portfolio to check the quality of their work is up to par.
When this piercing is done properly and looked after well, it really is one to be proud of. Even with just a plain straight bar, this piercing looks pretty badass!
You will need to get an extra long barbell to wear in your vertical Industrial, but there is a great deal of beautiful Industrial Piercing jewelry available in various sizes.
The industrial piercing is just perfect for those who like to be a bit different and stand out from the crowd. Just having this piercing will automatically give you an alternative look.
Just makes sure that if you do get this piercing done, get it done professionally and take extra good care of it. That way you will heal up quickly and soon be able to change your jewelry and enjoy your piercing.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article. What other types of Industrial Piercings do you know of?? Tell us all about it by leaving a comment below.
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