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Conch Piercing in Nairobi, Kenya

(Considerations, Pain Threshold, Healing, Aftercare, and Jewelry)

Conch piercings are a type of cartilage piercing that’s named after the large spiral shape that ears take after. There are different options for jewellery kind (stud or hoop) and placement (inner versus exterior) in the world of conch piercings.


Conch Piercings FAQ’s

Right in the centre of your cartilage, your conch has a spiral shape that somewhat resembles a conch shell. When getting your conch pierced, depending on the anatomy of your ear, you may have more room on the higher fold (which is ideal for studs) or the lower fold (which looks great with hoops).

An inner conch piercing involves making a hole directly through the centre of the ear to accommodate a stud. Another option is the outer conch piercing, which enables a ring to wrap around the cartilage on the outside of the ear (hoop earrings).

Piercing Placement
  • Inner Conch: An inner conch piercing is placed closer to the ear canal, often with a stud or hoop placed horizontally.
  • Outer Conch: An outer conch piercing is closer to the outer rim of the ear and can accommodate various jewelry styles.
Considerations before getting an Conch Piercing

Before getting a conch piercing, it’s important to carefully consider several factors to ensure you make an informed decision and are prepared for the process and aftercare. Here are some considerations to keep in mind:

  • Professional Piercing Studio: Research reputable piercing studios in your area. Look for studios with experienced, professional piercers who follow strict hygiene and safety practices.
  • Piercer’s Qualifications: Ensure that the piercer is trained, licensed, and experienced in performing conch piercings. Ask to see their portfolio of previous work.
  • Piercing Placement: Discuss the placement of the conch piercing with your piercer. Decide whether you want an inner conch or outer conch piercing, as the location can affect the appearance and jewelry options.
  • Pain Tolerance: Be prepared for some pain and discomfort during the piercing process. While it’s usually brief, everyone’s pain tolerance is different.
  • Healing Time: Understand that conch piercings can take several months to a year or more to fully heal. Proper aftercare is crucial during this period.
  • Aftercare Commitment: Be ready to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your piercer diligently. This may include cleaning the piercing with a saline solution, avoiding touching the piercing with dirty hands, and not submerging it in water during the healing phase.
  • Swelling and Redness: Expect some swelling and redness around the piercing site, especially in the initial days and weeks following the piercing.
  • Jewelry Options: Discuss jewelry options with your piercer. Conch piercings can accommodate various styles, including studs, hoops, captive bead rings, and barbells. Choose high-quality jewelry made from materials like surgical steel, titanium, or biocompatible materials.
  • Infection Risk: Understand the risk of infection and other complications. Proper aftercare is essential to minimize these risks.
  • Cartilage Bumps: Be aware that some individuals may develop cartilage bumps or keloids around the piercing site. Consult your piercer or a dermatologist if you have concerns.
  • Lifestyle Considerations: Consider how the piercing may impact your daily life, such as wearing headphones or ear protection. Conch piercings can be more noticeable and can affect these activities.
  • Personal Style: Conch piercings can be a stylish and versatile way to express your individual style, but be sure to choose a location and jewelry that align with your aesthetic preferences.
  • Consultation: Before getting the piercing, have a consultation with your chosen piercer to discuss your expectations, ask any questions, and receive personalized advice on placement and jewelry selection.
  • Future Plans: Consider any future plans or career goals that may be affected by the piercing. Some professions or workplaces have strict policies regarding visible piercings.

What is the price of a conch piercing?

Your piercer and jewelry preference will have a direct impact on the cost of your conch piercing. Consider your budget before becoming overly hooked to the notion of a new piercing.

How painful are conch piercings?

There is no conclusive response because your body’s tolerance to pain is entirely unique to you. However, given that your conch is a rather substantial piece of ear cartilage, you should anticipate some discomfort, maybe more so than with a normal lobe piercing. If you already have a tragus or helix piercing, be prepared for the conch piercing to feel similar.

What is the healing time for a conch piercing?

Conch piercings normally take six to nine months to completely heal, though healing times vary depending on the ear. You must clean your piercing with salt water or very light soap (please, no alcohol or fragrance!) two to three times a day throughout this time. Avoid touching your conch while it’s healing, as you should with any piercing, because it’s quite easy to spread bacteria there and result in an infection.

Remember that while your piercing is still healing, redness, little swelling, and even some clear-ish fluids are normal; after all, your body is only trying to figure out why there’s a gaping hole in your ear. But if you have any severe discomfort, bleeding, significant swelling, or abrupt lumps near the piercing, or if you get a fever, see a doctor right once.

Generally speaking, cartilage piercings take longer to heal than lobe piercings, however, This varies due to how well the aftercare is followed and the client’s general health

How to Replace a Piercing in a Conch

It’s crucial to avoid touching your new piercing until it has fully healed, which typically takes six to nine months. Consider going back to the person who performed your piercing the first time you go to adjust the jewelry. The piercing will be fully healed and ready to be switched out as a result, preventing additional harm. Additionally, depending on the type of earrings you are wearing, your piercer can offer you advice for use at home.

What Kind of Jewelry Is Used to Pierce Conchs?

Conch studs or bars are excellent options for new inner conch piercings since they are compact, pleasant, and simple to replace. We  initially inserts a bar, but once the wound has healed, depending on the client’s anatomy and the location, it “may be fitted with jewelry of either a bar or ring form.

Hoops: Due to their wide variety, little hoops are a common choice for conches, particularly outer conches. These, however, are not feasible as a first piercing because they would result in excessive movement and discomfort.

What Jewelry Material Is Used for Conch Piercing?

Implant-grade stainless steel: Because it is hypoallergenic and especially made to be worn in the body securely, this metal is one of the safest for a fresh piercing. In general, stay away from inexpensive substances that might react.

Low karat gold or platinum: These fine metals are also a fairly secure option. Keep in mind that it is worthwhile to spend extra money on high-quality items rather than cheap gold or gold plating, which might flake off and lead to infection.

Titanium is another metal suitable for implants. Since titanium contains trace levels of nickel, it might not be the greatest option if you have a high sensitivity to the nickel metal.

Can someone who has a conch piercing use earbuds?

With a conch piercing, you can’t truly wear earbuds—at least not while it’s healing. To prevent any snags, irritation, or pain while your piercing is healing, switch from earbuds to over-the-ear headphones.

Conch piercing after-effects

Inflammation and infection: There is a chance of infection with every piercing, but there are a few considerations with this particular design. Conch piercing infection risk may increase if you wear headphones,  (side note: you shouldn’t wear earbuds while it’s healing). At Rebel Inks Tattoo Kenya we also advises against getting a cartilage piercing if you’ve already experienced problems with them or work in an unsanitary setting that puts your ears at risk of infection.

Keloid: In a small percentage of cases, piercings can lead to an overgrowth of scar tissue and the development of a “keloid.”  Before getting pierced, find out whether anyone in your family has experienced one as they may be genetic. Always follow your aftercare routine religiously to reduce the likelihood of infection or scars.

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