Here's What You Should Know Before Getting A Double Ear Piercing

What's better than one piercing? Two. There are multiple types of ear piercings, so why not get multiple? A double ear piercing is two piercings on the ear next to each other. They are done in the same session, one after the other. According to Byrdie, they are typically on the earlobe but can be anywhere on the ear's outer rim. Double piercings are ideal for killing two birds with one stone. You'll also have the advantage of orbital earrings — once your piercings heal — for an extra unique look. Those are single hoop earring that connects through both holes. It adds a horizontal effect to the average vertical hoops and drop earrings.

You're intrigued, right? Sadly, a double piercing does not mean two for one special. Prices usually depend on the piercing studio, however, Byrdie recommends being prepared for a double payment. The likelihood is you'll be charged per piercing. More bling, more cha-ching. But before going under the needle, here's what you need to know about double ear piercings.

Pain and healing time

With piercings comes pain. Still, it is never enough to keep us away. Luckily, for double ear piercing fans, you might not have to experience too much of it. According to Healthline, ear piercings are the least painful body piercing. The catch is that it depends on where on the ear you want it. Getting a double piercing on the cartilage will be more painful than on the lobe, as the cartilage is thicker skin with more nerve endings.

Ear piercings on the lobe will also heal faster than cartilage ones. Earlobe piercings typically take up to six weeks to heal (via Self). That number doubles to 12 weeks for cartilage piercings and that's just for the surface skin to heal. It takes up to a year for the cartilage canal to fully heal. Take placement into consideration for your double piercing, especially if you're looking to quickly change the starter jewel to your favorite earrings that fit your face shape. Along with the right placement, you'll need to know the proper aftercare.


The most important thing about getting a piercing is knowing how to take care of it. You'll want to watch out for side effects with your new piercings. As pretty as they might be, they are a wound on the body that is susceptible to infection. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends cleaning your ear piercing daily. Simply wash it with a gentle, fragrance-free soap. If you're inclined to touch your new piercing, make sure it is with clean hands. Dirty fingers are a sure way to transfer bacteria.

Swelling and yellow discharge can be a sign of inflection. WebMD warns that even with proper care, earlobe piercings can become infected. The chances are greater with piercings on the ear cartilage. If you are experiencing infection symptoms, they recommend cleaning your piercing site with a saline solution. This is a simple mix of salt and warm water. Once it dries, apply an anti-bacterial ointment. If symptoms prevail, it is always best to reach out to your piercer or doctor.