Regarding piercings, ‘industrial’ is a term for any two or more piercings connected by a single, straight piece of jewellery. The term is most frequently applied to a two point project which involves the helix and forward helix of either ear. However, the varieties of industrial piercings are nearly endless, limited only by the anatomy of the wearer and imagination of the artist. The most well known and common of the industrial piercings is commonly referred to as a bar piercing, construction piercing or a scaffold piercing. This is a very versatile piercing, as it can be worn as a true industrial, with a single piece of jewellery, or as two separate piercings each with their own piece. Standard gauge for this piercing is 14, though they can be done larger or smaller based on anatomical need or wearer preference. This is a great piercing that is widely done by most piercers for someone looking for something a little different.
The most well known and common of the industrial piercings is commonly referred to as a bar piercing, construction piercing or a scaffold piercing. This is a very versatile piercing, as it can be worn as a true industrial, with a single piece of jewellery, or as two separate piercings each with their own piece. Standard gauge for this piercing is 14, though they can be done larger or smaller based on anatomical need or wearer preference. This is a great piercing that is widely done by most piercers for someone looking for something a little different.
Industrial Piercing Pain and Procedure
Procedurally speaking, every piercer has their own specific approach to any given piercing, and this one is certainly no exception to that. Most commonly, you can look forward to the entire area being cleaned thoroughly (boys and girls, if you have long hair – please pull it back prior to your appointment!), and marks being placed with either a sterile surgical marker or gentian violet.
As with any piercing, your artist should always allow you to view and approve your placement prior to being pierced. This, however, is one of those particular projects where anatomy plays a much large role in placement than personal preference, so you may only have a small amount of leeway regarding where the points will sit once all is said and done as your artist’s first and foremost concern should be proper healing and longevity of your piercing. Ones the marks are set and approved; some artists will opt to clean the area again. At this point, you can expect to be measured for jewellery. Some artists will do this purely by sight, some will use calipers.
With ANY project that involves multiple piercings, your piercer should be using one needle per hole. Even with the absolute highest quality needles and flawless technique, these are single use needles. A lot of unnecessary tissue damage can be caused by using the same needle twice or more, particularly with tougher tissues like cartilage. Here is where the differences in individual technique come into play.
Some piercers will puncture both points first, then insert the jewellery; whereas some will make the first puncture, slide the jewellery into place, then repeat a second time to complete the project. One thing that should be noted, is that while it is popular to start with a single, long piece of jewellery; a much higher success rate and vastly reduced healing time is seen when patience is employed and the project is started as two (or more, depending on the specific industrial) separate pieces of jewellery. This alleviates a great deal of pressure on the cartilage and surrounding tissues.
If you have any questions about the procedure that lies ahead of you, never hesitate to ask your piercer. Professional Body Piercers take a great deal of pride in being able to answer all of your questions and make sure that the procedure is correct for your individual needs.
Industrial Piercing Cost
As with all piercings, the price of an industrial piercing hinges on a number of factors and varies widely based on geography, skill level and credentials of your artist, and even your jewellery choice. A two-point scaffold industrial may cost anywhere from $20-90, whereas in the same shop a three-point vertical industrial may carry an extra $30+ in cost. If you are considering this piercing, do your research on your artist, and once you find one that you trust, ask their price. Do not fall into the temptation to just go for the cheapest place you can find – as with many other things in life, cheap isn’t always good, and good isn’t always cheap.
Industrial Piercing Jewelry
Industrial Piercing Healing
As stated before, the healing times will vary greatly based on the actual placement and style of your industrial, as well as your own body and the care you take post procedure. For the basic Scaffold industrial, starting with two separate pieces of jewellery, healing will take place in about 6-8 weeks. Starting the same project with a single piece of jewellery can extend that to 6-12 months or more.
Industrial Piercing Infection and Aftercare
Because of the area these piercings are in, they are more prone to infection than a lot of people give them credit for. Hair hanging down on the area or even becoming wrapped around jewellery can be hugely detrimental to healing, as hair carries a very high amount of bacteria even with regular hygiene employed. Hats, sweaters being taken off and put on, and scarves all carry a lot of bacteria, as well as the risk of snagging your jewellery.
During a healthy healing period, you may notice some discharge (lymph), some tenderness, swelling in the immediate area and of course some basic red discoloration. Should the worst happen, and either an infection or rejection start to happen; the following can be signs of just that: Excessive swelling and pain, discharge that is notably discolored (yellow, orange, green), continual bleeding and/or any unusual smell. ALWAYS follow the aftercare instructions given to you by your artist religiously.
- Never touch the area with dirty hands as it can lead to infection.
- Avoid allergic reactions from you body by using gold and titanium jewellery.
- Never sleep on the side where the piercing is placed.
- Regularly clean the area with saline water (1 cup of lukewarm water and 1/2 tsp. of sea salt).
- Carefully dip the solution with the help of a cotton bud or cotton swab.
- Clean the are twice or thrice a day.
- Never use disinfectant soaps and hydrogen peroxide unless recommended by a doctor
We generally recommend these two products that will have you covered in 99.99% of the cases if you follow the instructions properly.
Dr. Piercing’s Aftercare swabs are developed exclusively for the care and cleaning of piercings and help prevent infection. These swabs are conveniently packaged using advanced technology for easy, sanitary application. These piercing aftercare swabs are most commonly used 2/day for the first week and 1/day for the next 3 weeks. This completes the pack in 4 weeks and after this point, good routine hygiene with liquid soap (anti-bacterial if preferred) and water should continue the healing process.
This Piercing Aftercare Spray is enriched with over 60 trace elements and minerals from the richest coral reefs of the ocean along with natural antibacterial enzymes which kill bacteria & help protect healthy living cells. Natural Healing & Cleansing Solution H2Ocean safely removes dried discharge and lymph secretion when used every 2-3 hours.
H2Ocean increases circulation to the body or mouth piercing and accelerates the healing process. It will also help reduce lumps and scars. This formula remains sterile in the state of the art can. H2Ocean non-aerosol dry mist sprayer is ozone friendly and the can itself is recyclable. It is absolutely vital when taking care of a piercing to make sure that bacteria isn’t introduced to the affected area, and the only way to do this is by using a sterile formula like this one. In the case of an oral piercing we also recommend getting the aftercare mouthwash to protect your new piercing.
You have to have enough knowledge on the perils of piercing to ensure you survive the whole healing process without any problem and complication. Let us know your experiences with the industrial piercings in the comments! Which one is your favourite?