The snug piercing, which is also known as the anti-helix piercing because that’s the part of the ear where it’s located, is one of the newer types of piercing. It’s similar to an auricle piercing when it comes to location, but the entrance and exit points of the snug piercing are both on the front of your ear. Not everyone’s autonomy will allow for this piercing, but it can be a wonderful option if it’s possible for you!

What Is a Snug Piercing?

The snug piercing is located along the anti-helix of your ear and it’s adjacent to your ear canal. The inner and outer cartilage are both pierced for this type of cartilage piercing and you get to decide its final placement. This is a very simple piercing but it stands out because it has a unique location in the ear. 

Snug Piercing Healing Time, Pain, and Aftermath

The snug piercing will take from 4 to 6 months to heal completely and because it’s a cartilage piercing, it will require strict aftercare and hygiene. Cartilage piercings are more prone to cartilage bumps, scarring, and infection. So, if you don’t think you can adhere to a strict aftercare routine, this piercing may not be for you. 

The snug piercing is quite high on the pain scale. In fact, it’s considered by many to be the most painful cartilage piercing you can get. The anti-helix area is thick and sturdy and the cartilage is super sensitive, so it will hurt. However, an experienced and professional piercer will be able to guide you through the process to reduce pain. Either way, prepare to feel it!

In the aftermath of a snug piercing, you should expect some swelling and pain. That’s nothing ibuprofen can’t help you with, though! As for aftercare, you need to be very thorough. You want to keep all foreign objects away from your snug piercing. That includes pillowcases, hats, phones, headphones, etc. Don’t move the jewelry around either, so be careful on the daily. 

When it’s time to clean the piercing, make sure you move it as little as possible. Be careful not to get the piercing snagged or tangled either! You also want to keep all chemicals away from your piercing. The only thing allowed to touch it is the cleaning solution! Don’t hesitate to discuss aftercare tips with your piercer. 

Jewelry for Snug Piercing

When it comes to jewelry for the snug piercing, your options are a bit limited but there’s still variety to play with. You can use small curved barbells, a straight barbell, or a circular barbell if your ear allows it. 

Not everyone can get this piercing, so make sure you consult with a professional piercer first. If this is not something your ear allows, don’t worry! There are many other piercing options. Also, keep in mind that the healing process won’t be easy and it will require attention and care. Cartilage piercings also have a higher risk of infection. 

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