What is an Orbital Piercing?
Generally, an orbital piercing is a type of piercing where a circular jewelry enters and exits two or more perforations in the ear. Typically, two holes are made for a ring to go through the piercing. This piercing can be placed on any part of the ear but they are most commonly found in the helix, earlobes and outer rim of the ear. Piercings can be done at the same time or separately. If there is already an existing hole in the ear, another one can be made to make it an orbital piercing. It is named orbital because of its orbit-like appearance. There are many different variations of this piercings. Below are the most basic and advanced versions of it.
Orbital Piercing Variations and Inspiration
Orbital Piercing Jewellery
Orbital piercing typically utilizes ball closure rings and smooth segment rings. When choosing a jewelry for this piercing, it is important to choose the size carefully. Rings that are too large may result in migration since these piercings are often placed on the ear cartilage. Ideally, this piercing uses a captive bead ring. Segment rings, horseshoe rings, and circular barbells may also be used. For a unique look, you may try heart rings too.
Orbital Piercing Pain, Procedure, and Cost
How painful is it?
The pain level of an orbital piercing depends on the piercer’s skills, the chosen location, the size of the jewelry, the number of perforations, and your own pain tolerance. Since this piercing can be placed on all parts of the ear, except that the pain level may vary. Generally, perforations made on the cartilage part of the ear like helix and conch would be more painful compared to orbital piercings made in the lobe. More perforations like the Helix Rook Daith Tragus Orbital Piercing above will definitely be more painful than a Helix Orbital Piercing.
How is it done?
How much does it cost?
Like we always say, the cost of the piercing varies from shop to shop and from piercer to piercer. This time, it is not just about that, now it would also depend on the number of perforations you want, the difficulty of the area being pierced, and the type of orbital piercing you want to get. On average, the orbital piercing may cost from $30 to $100.
Orbital Piercing Aftercare
How long does it take for it to heal? The healing time will generally depend on how well you take care of the pierced area. It may also depend on the area where it is done. Cartilage piercings may take a longer healing time. Generally, an orbital piercing takes 3 to 4 months to heal completely, provided that you follow all the necessary aftercare tips.
Orbital Piercing Aftercare Instructions
How should do take care of your orbital piercing?
- Step One
Ensure your hands are clean and sterilized when touching the piercing.
- Step Two
To clean the crusts forming around the pierced area, use warm water and a cotton swab.
- Step Three
Clean the area three times a day with a warm saline solution.
- Step Four
Ensure to rinse the area well.
- Step Five
Use a soft towel to dry it well.
Suggested Aftercare Products For Orbital Piercing
Always keep your orbital piercing clean. Be sure to soak your piercing twice a day for at least five minutes with a sea salt solution. Then, mist it with a top quality saline spray like Recovery Piercing Aftercare Spray. Do this throughout the healing process for at least 3 to 6 times per day. Avoid using an antiseptic piercing spray except if you experienced a piercing problem.
This natural saline spray can clean, rinse, and refresh your new piercing. This product is for external and internal use. Saline sprays are great for healing and protecting your piercing since it can eradicate dirt and debris. It gives you a soothing feeling so you won’t experience any pain from your new piercing. This is a vegan-friendly solution, which means that it is safe for you as well as the environment.
Sometimes the skin around your orbital piercing may get extremely dry. If this happens, then just add one drop of Recovery Piercing Aftercare Tea Tree Oil to your saline solution-soaked cotton ball then apply it to your ear piercing. Tea tree oil is considered a natural moisturizer.
The tea tree oil of this product actually originated from the Australian melaleuca tree. This is one of the best piercing aftercare products since it can soothe, disinfect, and heal your ear piercing. Tea tree oil can effectively dehydrate and get rid of those abnormal bumps that usually appear after having a new piercing.
The best thing that you can do for your new orbital piercing is medicated sea salt soaks. It’s natural and effective. Healing sea salts are rich in vitamins and minerals which can make your skin healthier. While botanical Oils can help in healing your piercing quickly. It also contains Aloe Vera and Vitamin E which can moisturize and nourish your damaged skin.
H2Ocean Piercing Aftercare Spray can help in removing dried discharge and lymph secretion. Just make sure to use it every two to three hours. It is ozone friendly and can be used on any skin type.
Orbital Piercing Aftercare Tips
These orbital aftercare tips are very important in order to ensure that your piercing area is in excellent condition until such time that it can completely heal.
- Always clean the piercing area regularly. Since you will have two perforations, then it is recommended that you must clean it thrice per day. Clean it using warm saline water.
- Avoid touching your piercing as well as the pierced area. Your hands contain several bacteria which can irritate your piercing.
- Dry the piercing area using a clean dry towel. Pat the dry towel on the piercing. Be gentle in handling the piercing since it is very sensitive during its recovery period.
- When you are sleeping, be sure that the pierced area is not disturbed. Of the pierced area is always disturbed, then there are greater possibilities for severe complications.
- Never submerge in the pool while the piercing is still healing
- Never irritate the piercing by touching, rotating or fiddling it.
- Never touch, rotate or fiddle your piercings.
- Never clean the pierced area with a rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.
- Never remove the jewelry till your piercing has completely healed. This can irritate the piercing and can result in more complications.
- Never exert any pressure on your piercing while sleeping.
Hello! My name is Emily and I obsessed with piercings (and tattoos) since I was a little girl of 6 years old. I was fortunate enough to make my passion my work after meeting my amazing husband Jeffrey who owned his own tattoo shop. I just recently finished my internships at some of America’s most famous piercing shops and a dream to start something together was born. After falling in love with each other (and each other’s piercings and tattoos) we decided to expand his tattoo shop and I got to manage my own piercing shop in the same space! I’ve never been so happy being able to share my love for piercings through my shop and this blog I started back in 2013. We love to share models and inspiration, so feel free to email me your suggestions, pictures or if you just want to say hi!