Snug Piercing

What is Snug Piercing?

Snug piercing is also referred to as antihelix piercing. It is a type of piercing done in the snug, which is located in the middle of your outer ear.

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There are various types of snug piercing you can choose from to enhance your beauty. Your professional piercer can help you decide which type of piercing is suitable for you. They include:

Double snug piercing

In this type of snug piercing, your professional piercer makes two piercings on your antihelix. The only demerit of this style of snug piercing is that your wound takes longer to heal.

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Faux snug piercing

This type of snug piercing involves combining lower and the outer piercing. This piercing is appropriate for people with underdeveloped anti-helix.


Cost is an important consideration when looking for a snug piercing service. Do your assessment and come with an estimation of the total cost. However never compromise quality with cost. Go for high quality service because your safety is guaranteed.

If you are interested in snug piercing, do it in a professional saloon. This reduces damage to your ear. In case, you are a professional yourself in body piercing, go ahead and perform piercing yourself.

Factors to Consider

Before you decide to go for snug piercing, take some time and select the best piercing place. You can ask your friends or family members about the piercing places around and make a comparison. Try to compare as many piercing places as possible in terms of quality of services offered and competence of staff. Select the piercing saloon that provides high quality services.

How the Piercer does Snug Piercing?

The first step is to identify the exact location where you want the piercing to be done. Once you have shown the piercer the right place, ask your piercer how safe the procedure is. You have the right to know that your piercer is using the sterilized needle. Continue to undergo piercing only if you are satisfied with service or walk out if you are in doubt.

Your piercer injects anesthesia into your snug to relieve pain during the process. The site where piercing will be done is cleaned using a disinfectant solution to prevent any infection in your snug. Then the needle is pierced in your snug. Once piercing is done, your piercer puts in the jewelry.

During this piercing procedure, you will have little bleeding and some pain in your snug. Pain varies among individuals because of different pain threshold.


Snug piercing jewelry come in various shapes and sizes. They are also manufactured using different metals. These jewelry metals include steel ball rings, silver suds, circular cone bells and gold bars or barbells. The most commonly used jewelry is the curved titanium barbell.

Stud jewelries are not recommended for snug piercing because of strange position. Some of the jewelry you can use for your snug piercing includes:

  • White Fire Opal 16G Steel Piercing
  • Arrow 14 Gauge Piercing: This type of piercing comes in varieties of gold or black. It is designed like an arrow and.
  • Snug Earring 16G Pistol Steel Piercing: This type of jewelry is designed like a pistol. It gives a unique appearance of your snug piercing.

Take Care

After piercing, taking good care of your snug piercing prevents infection and promotes faster healing. The following are some ways you can use to take care of your snug piercing:

Use salt solution

Taking care of your snug piercing involves cleaning it using salt solution. To prepare the solution, simply take a maximum of two teaspoonful of salt and add 8 glasses of water. Once the solution is ready, follow the following steps:

  • Prepare small cotton balls and soak them in the solution
  • Make sure you are sitting or standing before a mirror
  • Rub the cotton ball gently in your snug to clean the area to get rid of dirt
  • Take another cotton ball and repeat the process after five minutes. Do these salt cleaning sessions three times every day.

Other ways you can use to take care of your snug piercing include:

  • Do not sleep on the piercing
  • Stop wearing earphones, headphones or ear buds
  • Keep away from swimming because germs that contain bacteria may enter in your ear and cause infection
  • Use a clean towel to dry the pierced area to prevent bacteria from entering the wound and cause infection
  • Avoid touching the pierced area unless you wash your hands with soap.

How Long does a Snug Piercing take to Heal?

Snug piercing wound will heal completely after 6 to one year.


When snug piercing is not done properly or you don’t take care of it the right way, there may be complications such as:


Failure to properly take care of a pierced snug is the main cause of infections and other complications in your snug. Dirty snug is a breeding ground of bacteria, fungi and viruses that cause infections. Infections make your snug piercing healing longer.

An infected snug becomes reddish, tender, swollen and pus discharge coming out of the pierced snug. This may damage your ear permanently if you leave it untreated for a longer period.

Rejection of jewelry

Your body can reject some jewelry due to poor piercing, skin incompatibility with jewelry and improper care of the pierced snug. This makes your body to react against the metal jewelry. Your skin then pushes the pierced ring out and causing it to drop. This reaction causes irritation and soreness near the area that was pierced.

You have to look for professional assistance to remove the jewelry. In case you fail to remove the jewelry in time, the metal ring may migrate to other areas of your ear and leave a scar in the pierced site.

Snug piercing migration

The spot of your pierced snug can also move to another area on your ear. This is because of improper piercing, poor after care of the pierced snug and wearing larger jewelry.


Injury to your pierced snug may cause tearing of some areas near the piercing. You can injure the pierced area through several activities like cycling sports. Sleeping on the pierced snug may also affect other areas of your ear.


Use of strong soaps, gel and sprays can cause irritation in your pierced snug. Irritation may also result from the metal jewelry ring.

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