The part of the middle ear located a bit above the anti-tragus is called the snug. A piercing placed on this part of the ear is therefore dubbed a snug piercing. The piercing goes somewhere along the ridge created by the antihelix and the antihelical fold, therefore sometimes also called an antihelix piercing. The snug is a very sensitive part of the ear with extremely thick cartilage, making it one of the hardest parts of the ear to pierce. However, there is no question that one of the most unique, striking and interesting ear piercings is the Snug Piercing. Go directly to Snug Piercing Healing and Aftercare here.
Before getting a Snug Piercing
The outer ear is prone to many bacteria because of its location on the body. There is very little that can be done about that, except ensuring to give your ear a proper cleaning at least twice per day. This should be done without fail at least 5-6 days prior to getting your piercing done.
A common but rarely recognised issue is that of a yeast infection. Yeast can live dormant on the surface of the outer ear for quite some time until triggered. If you have a piercing done with a yeast ear infection, your puncture site will end up becoming severely infected, and the fungus which causes the yeast infection is a very aggressive one. For this reason also, it is imperative that you clean your ear diligently for the 5-6 days prior to getting your piercing.
If you are one of those persons who get piercings done spontaneously then it is recommended that you ensure the piercer uses a strong solution of sea salt to clean the ear- the salt will dry the fungus cells out. Have them clean your ear and wait at least 15 minutes before doing the piercing. If they cannot use sea salt then ensure they clean the area 2-3 times with an alcohol solution. A good piercer will always ensure this happens properly.
Snug Piercing Pain and Procedure
As mentioned before, the snug is one of the most sensitive part of the ear and is made of thick cartilage. This means it is not only difficult to pierce but will be more painful that the other parts of the ear with thinner cartilage.
You need to ensure that the person doing the piercing has more than just adequate experience. The area is relatively small and so a minor error could result in the piercing being placed at an awkward angle. This could also result in the piercing being a lot more painful than it needs to be as well as more swelling and cartilage damage leading to a longer healing time.
Ensure that a 16 or 18 gauge hollow needle is used to do the piercing and a ring that same size is placed. The 16 and 18 gauge rings are some of the smallest rings on the market and are perfect for this type of piercing.
Snug Piercing Jewelry Examples
Due to the nature and location of the snug piercing, stud earrings are a definite NO. They will be cumbersome to clean and can lead to infections as a result. The best rings to use will be barbells, especially circular or curved barbells.
The smaller in both gauge and overall size of the ring, the better- you do not want something too big which will become a serious bother and lead to unnecessary irritation.
28 Inspirational Snug Piercings
Snug Piercing Costs
The cost of a snug piercing is always dependent on the type of ring you choose as well as where you get the piercing done. It is a pretty standard type of piercing and so a cost somewhere in the region of $50.00 is expected. If you must pay a little more for someone with far better experiences and a more hygienic environment, then it is recommended that you do so.
A little discomfort is to be expected when you go to get a snug piercing, but all those who have done one will tell you it is worth it. what you must do is ensure you take very good care of your piercing and that the person who is doing it is experienced enough.
The main problem with snug piercings is the prolonged healing time. They typically take between 4 – 6 months, sometimes longer, to heal even when well cared for. They usually stay swollen and sore during much of the healing time also. Below are the pointers to follow for proper aftercare of your piercing:
- Wash your hand with anti-microbial soap before handling your piercing.
- Soak a piece of cotton in a sea salt solution and place the cotton (heavy with liquid) on the piercing. Allow it to soak for at least 7-10 minutes. Place a towel on the shoulder below your ear top prevent the run-off from the soak from wetting your clothes. Place a piece of dry cotton in the entrance of your ear canal to prevent the sea salt solution from draining into your ear.
- Clean at least 2 times per day, rotating the ring each time.
- DO NOT play with your piercing. This will increase the chance of infection and lead to longer healing time.
- DO NOT experiment with new rings until your piercing has completely healed.
- DO NOT use ointments on the piercing as your piercing needs room to breathe to heal better and ointments will prevent this.
- Cover with plastic band-aids before bed to prevent the ring from moving unnecessarily. Remove the band- aid and clean the piercing immediately upon waking. You should also change your bed linen regularly or use an old t-shirt around your pillow which you can use for 4 nights (4 different surfaces).
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.
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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.
The alternative to a Snug: Faux Snug Piercing
A Faux Snug is a helix piercing and a conch piercing placed in such a way that they look just like a snug piercing. While healing two cartilage piercings at the same time isn’t always easy, it tends to be significantly easier than trying to heal a snug piercing. With the faux snug piercing, healing time is typically around only 2-4 months and the healing period tends to be much more comfortable than a standard snug.
The one potential downside to the a faux snug is that it’s two piercings and two pieces of jewelry, so the cost of the piercings is a bit more than a standard snug piercing.
Let us know in the comments which snug piercing you would prefer!