Despite the name, nothing is boring or technical about industrial piercing. Indeed, it's a piercing that's as unique and fun as they come. Unlike other cartilage piercings, this one stands out from the pack. What you end up with is something that is sure to grab the attention of anyone who comes across it.

In this article, we have covered all the information regarding industrial piercing, from getting an industrial piercing to how to take care of it afterward. So read it before you visit your piercer. 

What is Industrial Piercing?

Industrial piercing is a type of cartilage piercing located on the ears. However, unlike most, this has two piercings but only one piece of jewelry. A single barbell connects the two piercings. Alternatively, it is known as a bar or scaffold penetration.

What is Industrial Piercing
What is Industrial Piercing

In most cases, the piercings are spaced about 1.5 inches apart. Industrial piercings typically include two helix piercings with a single bar. When you have two conch piercings, the bar will be set vertically. It's also possible to get a lower conch and anti-helix, rook and daith, or lower conch and anti-helix piercing.

A single piece of jewelry can connect up to four piercings. However, this is only true if you have a sensitive ear. There are also three-point industrial piercings.

Procedure of Industrial Piercing

Procedure of Industrial Piercing
Procedure of Industrial Piercing

An industrial piercing requires a thorough understanding of the procedure. You'll be able to mentally and physically prepare yourself and also be able to tell if something is wrong. This includes the needles or the bar that your piercing master is using, which has not been sterilized. You have the option of confronting them or walking away and enlisting the assistance of another professional.

What should happen next is as follows:

  1. It is absolutely essential that the piercing master thoroughly sanitizes the piercing areas, jewelry, and tools before beginning the procedure. To avoid infection, ask them to use fresh gloves.
  2. A surgical pen will be used to mark the piercing sites. To give you an idea of how it'll look, the entry and exit points are usually connected by a single line. If the location doesn't suit your tastes, you still have time to reconsider your choice.
  3. The piercer will make the first hole with a 14-gauge or a hollow needle after you have agreed on the placement. In order to alleviate anxiety and discomfort, patients are often instructed to take a few deep breaths. Then the piercer will cut out the second hole.
  4. Afterward, the jewelry will be inserted through both holes and closed at one end with a ball.
  5. In order to avoid infection, your piercing master will perform the final disinfection.

The whole process will complete in just a few minutes. 

Also read: Tragus Piercing

Is it Painful to Get an Industrial Piercing?

When it comes to piercing your earlobes, the pain isn't as bad as people think it is. There's a prickling sensation at first, but the only sensation you'll notice is a tingling sensation in your ears. The pain will continue for a few more days, but it won't be unbearable.

On the other hand, earlobe piercings are much less painful than cartilage piercings. However, it's not unbearably painful, and the initial piercing will only leave you sore for a few minutes. Industrial piercing, on average, has a pain level of six out of ten. Just be aware that getting two piercings done at once can be a little nerve-wracking.

In addition, everyone's threshold for pain is different. Some people will only feel a slight pinch, while others will be in excruciating pain for a short period of time.

You can ask your piercing master for a possible numbing cream to help alleviate some of the anxiety. It has a mild analgesic effect, which helps to alleviate some of the discomforts. Instead of concentrating on the process, you might choose to pay attention to the jewelry. Think about how great it will look when it's finished. You can also begin practicing deep breathing to help you relax. 

If you find it difficult to get two piercings at once, you can get the first piercing and wait for it to heal before getting the second one. Once the first one gets properly healed, you can get the second one and get the bar inserted.

Healing Time for Industrial Piercing

Each person's recovery time is unique. It all depends on how well you take care of yourself after the procedure, as well as how healthy you are in general.

Some people are blessed with a rapid recovery rate. For them, it will take at least a month or two for an industrial piercing to heal completely. It may take up to three to five months for some people. If you're not careful with your aftercare, it could take up to nine months for piercings to heal fully.

You should prepare yourself for your piercings to swell or hurt for a day or two after the procedure. In most cases, this goes away in a few days. Changing jewelry before your piercing has healed is not a good idea. Check with your piercing master to see if they can replace yours while you're still in the healing process.

Also read: Smiley Piercing

Best Jewelry for Industrial Piercing

A bar connects multiple holes in an industrial piercing. This particular piercing can only be done with a bar, so be aware of that. The good news is that there are a plethora of individually designed jewelry options to choose from.

Best Jewelry for Industrial Piercing
Best Jewelry for Industrial Piercing

However, if you prefer not to wear a bar earring while your ear is healing, you can do so. You can also request separate jewelry from your piercing master. From labrets and captive beads to mini barbells and seamless rings, there are a variety of options to choose from. Of course, there are a variety of styles within each of these subcategories.

You can return to your piercing master to have the bar earring installed once your ears have healed. You can even do it yourself if you want.


So this is all you need to know about industrial piercing, its process and healing time, and the best jewelry. If you like to get an industrial piercing, then visit the best piercer in your area. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How long do industrial piercings last?

A. Industrial piercing lasts for a minimum period of 5 to 9 months. If you want to get it changed, you must wait to heal fully and then proceed to get it changed. 

Q. How do you sleep with an industrial piercing?

A. After getting the industrial piercing, you should avoid sleeping on that side until it gets properly healed. Sleeping on that side will put pressure on it and can infect the piercing.

Also read: Types of Ear Piercings