Bar ear piercing is a broad term that is generally used to describe two piercings connected by a single bar. Also called barbell or scaffold piercings, bar ear piercings are placed in the ear and pass directly through the cartilage at two separate points, usually about 1 inch apart.
Method of bar ear piercing
There are several methods. Typically, a piercer first pierces one side with a disposable single-use needle, then inserts jewellery long enough to support both piercings. A second needle would then be used to make the other piercing, and the excess space in the jewellery would be transferred to the second piercing that connects them.
Traditional method of bar ear piercings
The traditional version of an ear bar piercing consists of a helix (or upper outer ear) connected to a frontal helix (or upper inner ear) pierced by a bar. However, there are so many different variations of the piercing that you can completely customize it for your look; all you need are two separate points on the ear and a bar.
Procedure of bar ear piercing
Knowing the procedure is a fundamental part of obtaining industrial perforations. You can not only prepare yourself mentally and physically but also know if something is wrong. For example, your piercing master did not sterilize the needles or the bar. You have the option of calling them or leaving and choosing another professional to help you.
With that said, this is what should happen:
The piercing master must sterilize everything, jewellery, instruments, and piercing locations. You should also wear new gloves to make sure you are not infected.
The perforation sites will be marked with a surgical pen. Typically the entry and exit points will be connected by a line so you get an idea of what it looks like. At this point, you can change your decision if you don’t like the location.
After accepting the placement, you will use a 14-gauge needle or hollow needle to start with the first hole. Usually, you will be asked to take deep breaths to relieve pain and nerves. Then the second hole will be drilled.
Next comes the jewel, it will be inserted through the two holes and closed with a ball at one end.
Your master piercing will have final disinfection to make sure it is free from the risk of infection.
The whole procedure usually takes a few minutes.
Bar ear piercing facts
PLACEMENT: On the upper ear
PAIN LEVEL: 5-7/10, but it varies greatly from person to person
HEALING TIME: Typically between four to six months
AFTERCARE: Wash the piercing sites with sterile saline solution twice a day and allow to air dry until fully healed
Pain and healing time
If you are concerned about how much an ear piercing is going to hurt, remember that it is a pinch, so the pain will quickly appear and disappear in the same way. Remember that ear piercings have two holes, so you will have to deal with the pain twice. Depending on your tolerance, you may experience anything from a little to a lot of pain.
Once the needle is removed from the piercing sites, you may feel some pain, but it will not be a sharp or stabbing pain of any kind, and this is a sign that your new piercing is already beginning to heal. However, piercings do not have a defined healing time. Instead, the actual duration of the process depends on each person individually.
Time for Healing
Estimated cure time is approximately 4-6 months; however, they can sometimes take up to a year to heal, depending on monitoring and the client’s immune system.
If you’ve been pierced before, you can feel comfortable with the healing process. However, the holes in the bars have a special element that makes their healing process unique: two separate holes.
Factors that prolong the healing process
There are several things that can prolong the healing process.
If the piercing gets stuck in clothing or hair, it can get stuck and cause irritation.
It is important to keep hair away from the face and to be gentle when dressing to avoid problems that increase the healing time.
Following the proper aftercare, procedure is the best way to avoid prolonging the healing process in any way, as you can be sure that you will heal properly and as quickly as your immune system allows when everything is done correctly.
Cost of a Bar Ear Piercing
The cost of an ear-piercing, like anybody modification, varies by geographic location and store. The piercings will also be divided into two different charges: the actual cost of the piercing and the cost of the jewellery.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Bar Ear Piercing
Before getting a bar ear piercing, it is best to know the pros and cons.
1. Industrial piercings are very striking because it is something that not everyone sees. It is beautiful, especially with the right jewellery.
2. It is a versatile piercing that is suitable for both men and women. Not only can you choose from thousands of bars, but you can also choose from a few drilling options as mentioned above. Horizontal and vertical industrial piercings are just as good for men as they are for women.
3. There are many variations to choose from. You can get three or four-point piercings if you have an ear for it. It will definitely make you stand out from the crowd.
1. First, cartilage piercings are hard to come by. These are tougher than lobe piercings, not only for you but for the piercing master as well. You need to make sure you find the best shop and the best person to do the job.
2. Aftercare is much more complicated since you take care of two piercings at the same time. You absolutely must follow the advice that your piercing master has given you.
3. You have two holes at the same time. It will be twice the pain, twice the discomfort, and twice the suffering. It can be scary, especially if you are relatively new to the piercing business.
Aftercare of Bar Ear Piercing
Connecting two piercings with a single piece of jewellery is not the easiest thing to adjust for your body, so it is very important to be diligent with aftercare. Ear piercings are a huge responsibility and require a lot of care and attention to heal well.
They must be cleaned daily with physiological saline, any pressure on them must be avoided and the most difficult thing is that they cannot sleep during the healing process. They require a lot of time and patience.
Some Tips for After Care
Sterile saline solution is first applied to the piercing site and allowed to air dry.
As with any piercing, it is important to clean the area twice a day to avoid infection.
It is important to remember to wash your hands before cleaning the piercing to ensure that it - does not transfer bacteria to the open wound.
In fact, it is best not to touch your new piercing.
Removing the jewelry too soon may expose the piercing to closure or infection.
Try not to push, touch, or play with your new piercing; this can prolong the process (and hurt).
Side Effects of Bar Ear Piercings
Small bumps around piercing sites are common when your new piercing is irritated in some way, whether you’ve touched it or are allergic to your jewellery. Be sure to pay more attention to your aftercare, stop playing with your piercing, and/or put on a new barbell if you suspect an allergy.
Rejection is when your body perceives your new piercing as a threat and pushes it out of your skin. When the piercing is pushed, your body quickly heals the skin underneath so that it cannot be pushed in. The only way to deal with rejection is to go to a professional to have it removed so as not to lengthen the process.
Piercing infections are more common than you might think, but they can also be easily prevented by simply following the proper post-treatment procedures. Typical symptoms of infection include prolonged redness, swelling, yellow or green discharge, tenderness, burning, itching, and severe pain. It is normal to see redness, feel pain, or feel a scab at the piercing sites as they heal, but anything other than mild discomfort can be a sign of a more serious problem.
Bar ear piercings easily cause keloid scars. These are scars that form in response to trauma to the skin and tend to be much larger than the initial puncture site. In addition to being itchy, keloids can be quite painful. They require a great deal of care in the form of cortisone injections or laser or surgical scar removal.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. How to change a Bar Ear Piercing?
If you want to change your bar ear piercing, it is imperative to wait until it is fully cured and potentially a bit longer, just to be safe, somewhere between 5-9 months. If you try to remove it before then, you run the risk that the piercing will heal and you will have to do it again. Removing a bar ear piercing is easy enough for you at home, but Cox, Faris, and Green agree that it is best to have it removed by a professional.
2. What type of jewellery is used for Bar Ear Piercing?
A bar is a piece of jewellery that consists of a metal bar with a small bead on both ends, one fixed and the other removable. The bar is inserted into an industrial piercing by creating two holes with needles and passing them through them. Since all an industrial drilling requires is two holes and a connecting rod, the rods can be bent, twisted, and customized in many other ways to suit your aesthetic. In addition, once the bar ear piercing has fully healed, it is possible to change the bar, although it is recommended that it be done by a professional.
3. What Jewellery Materials Are Used For a Bar Ear Piercing?
1. Surgical Steel - Surgical steel is the most common type of metal for piercings because it is relatively simple and comes in a variety of colours. However, if you are allergic to nickel, surgical steel will irritate your skin.
2. Titanium- Titanium is commonly used for piercings due to the fact that it is nickel-free, which means that it is the least likely to cause irritation of all metals. It’s also lightweight, won’t stain or corrode, and comes in multiple colours.
3. Gold - If you choose gold jewellery, be it yellow, pink or white, make sure it is at least 14k or higher, as 18k gold is very soft and will form cavities that can contain bacteria.
A bar ear piercing is found in the ears and is specifically a cartilage piercing. But, unlike most, this includes two piercings, but one piece of jewellery. Basically, a bar connects the two holes. It can also be called a bar or scaffold. The holes are generally about 1.5 inches apart. However, it can also depend on your ears and the desired location. Traditional bar ear piercings consist of two helical piercings with a bar. However, today there are many ways to achieve this.