Understanding the Conch
Firstly, what exactly is the conch? It's that inner, cup-like hollow in your ear, crafted from cartilage. Keep in mind that the shape and size can vary significantly from person to person.
Types of Conch Piercings
When it comes to conch piercings, there are a couple of options, but the one for you might depend on your unique anatomy.
1. Standard Piercing
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Your basic option involves labrets and barbells, which can be adorned with various threaded or threadless ends. It's a classic choice that suits many.
2. Orbital Conch
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For a more unique style, consider the orbital conch, where a large ring circles the entire helix of your ear. If this appeals to you, make sure to inform your piercer for the best results.
3. Punching the Conch
If you're daring, you can opt for punching the conch with a larger gauge size to accommodate plugs and eyelets for a bold look.
Given that the conch is all cartilage, be prepared for a longer healing time, averaging a minimum of nine months and potentially extending to a year or more. During this period, avoid touching or applying pressure. This means steering clear of earbuds, headphones, tight hats, and considering a donut or airplane pillow for sleep.
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