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Published Thursday, March 21, 2024

Snug Piercing: Your Complete Guide

What is a Snug Piercing?

Considering getting a snug piercing or just wondering about it? Let's get into this unique piercing.

The snug piercing, also known as an anti-helix piercing, passes through the inner cartilage ridge of the ear near the top of the anti-tragus. This location gives it a distinctive and eye-catching look.

How Much do Snug Piercings Hurt?

This piercing will hurt and many even consider it one of the most painful cartilage piercings, if not, the most. Why? The piercing goes through the thick and strong cartilage flesh located in the anti-helix area.

Even if you're ready to face this painful piercing, there's still the matter of your ear anatomy. Not everyone's anatomy is suitable for this piercing.

As with any piercing, research is key. Snug piercings require precision due to the thickness of the cartilage, so choose a reputable, experienced and professional piercer. If you're new to piercings, it's advisable to hold off on this one. The snug piercing pain is not for the weak.

How Much do Snug Piercings Cost?

The price of this piercing will depend on the piercing shop and the location. You can expect to pay anywhere from $35-$75+ depending on the initial piercing jewelry you choose. Remember that this is a difficult piercing to heal and choosing high quality initial jewelry can help with healing.

Healing Process and Healing Time

Expect a long and difficult healing process. Some piercers may even refuse to do this piercing because of how difficult it is to heal.

If you’re able to get this piercing, your piercer will determine the placement based on your anatomy. Piercers typically use curved barbells, choosing the proper jewelry gauge and length to accommodate swelling. To help with healing, choose high-quality implant-grade titanium jewelry for this challenging piercing.

Snug piercing healing time can take anywhere from 6 to 12 months or even longer to fully heal. Follow your piercer's instructions carefully, usually cleaning the piercing site with a saline spray twice daily.

Snug Piercing Aftercare

Since this piercing takes longer to heal, keeping up with your aftercare is important. You want to avoid irritating this delicate piercing during the healing period. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Avoid touching or getting the piercing snagged to prevent bumps and scarring.
  • Avoid bodies of water like pools or beaches, as they contain bacteria that can lead to infection.
  • Use a neck or donut pillow to avoid sleeping on the piercing.
  • Avoid using headphones or earbuds that can press or bump the piercing.

Snug Piercing Jewelry Styles

Once healed, you can style your snug piercing with a variety of jewelry options, including curved barbells, rings, or clickers. Ultimately, the type of jewelry you can wear depends on your anatomy. Talk to your piercer for the best jewelry options for your snug. Remember to ask your piercer what gauge, length or diameter you'll need. It'll make shopping for your jewelry easier.


Who Shouldn't Get this Piercing?

This piercing is anatomy dependent. The inner cartilage ridge that gets pierced needs to be solid and well defined. If a person doesn't have the right anatomy, they will not be able to get this piercing. A professional piercer can look at your ear and determine if you have the correct anatomy. Remember, this is one of the most painful piercings that requires good aftercare. If you can't keep up with the aftercare properly, it's better to wait until later to get it.

That’s a quick guide on snug piercings. We hope this was helpful.

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