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Second Ear Piercing Guide

Getting a second ear piercing can be a captivating way to enhance your look. With a variety of locations to choose from, adding a unique and personal touch to your ear style couldn't be easier. Our guide is full of the essential information you need to know to make getting your ears pierced for the second time a breeze.

Table of Contents:

  • Ideas For Your Second Ear Piercing
  • Book Your Second Ear Piercing With Monica Vinader
  • How Much Do Second Ear Piercings Cost?
  • Do Second Ear Piercings Hurt?
  • How to Prepare for Your Second Ear Piercing Appointment
  • How Long Does it Take for A Second Ear Piercing to Heal?
  • How to Care for Your Second Ear Piercing
  • Types of Earrings for Your Second Piercing

Ideas For Your Second Ear Piercing

Getting a second ear piercing can add some extra magic to your look. However, with so many types of ear piercing to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which one to add to your ear party. If you are looking for some inspiration, here are two ideas to get you started.

Second Lobe Piercings

The most common second ear piercing to get is in the lobe. This placement is so popular in fact that you may sometimes hear these piercings referred to simply as 'seconds.' Even within the lobe there can be different positions to choose from. Depending on the size of your ear, your piercer might offer you:

Adding a second ear piercing in the lobe is a gorgeous way to accentuate your first piercing. The double placement can unlock a wealth of beautiful new styles for you to experiment with.

Second Cartilage Piercings

Another option is to get your second ear piercing in your cartilage. These stylish piercings can add some extra edge to your look. As with lobe piercings, you could get your cartilage pierced in a variety of places. Some of the most stunning choices include:

Whichever position you choose, cartilage piercings can be a wonderful way to express your unique style.

Book Your Second Ear Piercing With Monica Vinader

For a luxury experience, book your ear piercing appointment with Monica Vinader. Our studios are comfortable spaces and our friendly experts only ever use single use needles for the most hygienic piercing. You can find our piercing studios in both the US and the UK. Visit us in our Chelsea, Covent Garden, Canary Wharf, Marylebone or Mayfair stores and Selfridges in London, as well as our New York Soho store.

How Much Do Second Ear Piercings Cost?

At Monica Vinader, our ear piercing sessions cost £20/$25. This price covers up to 3 piercings per person. You can get these piercings in any position split between both ears or all on one. You will also be able to choose from our exclusive collection of piercing jewellery. Each earring is charged individually and is a separate cost from the piercing appointment price.

Do Second Ear Piercings Hurt?

All ear piercings will cause a degree of discomfort because ear piercings are technically wounds. The amount your second ear piercing will hurt depends on your pain threshold as well as the position of your piercing. If your first piercing was in the lobe, you can expect a similar sensation for a second lobe piercing, or slightly more discomfort for a cartilage piercing. If you started your ear party with a cartilage piercing and are now adding a second ear piercing in the lobe, you can expect this to be less painful. After the piercing is complete, you may feel a dull achy pain but this should dissipate in a fairly short time.

How to Prepare for Your Second Ear Piercing Appointment

Before you visit Monica Vinader for your second ear piercing appointment there are a few steps which you should take. We recommend that you:

1. Eat and hydrate

Drink plenty of water and eat a light meal before your piercing. Doing this can help to stabilise your blood sugars which is an important factor in avoiding feelings of nausea or dizziness following your piercing.

2. Avoid blood thinners and alcohol

Alcohol and tablets such as aspirin and ibuprofen may thin your blood. This in turn can affect how much your piercing bleeds. Caffeine can also have a similar effect so avoid drinking large amounts of coffee before your appointment.

3. Consider your hairstyle

Keeping your hair away from your piercing whilst it is new can help to prevent irritation and other complications. Either tie your hair away from your ear before your appointment or bring a headband or hair tie with you so you can keep your hair back.

4. Don't forget photo ID

Please remember to bring a valid photo ID with you to your appointment as we may need to verify your age.

If you have any more questions before your appointment, please refer to our piercing FAQs or feel free to get in touch.

How Long Does it Take for A Second Ear Piercing to Heal?

An ear piercing can take between 6 weeks and 12 months to heal depending on where on the ear you are getting pierced. Ear lobe piercings usually take between 6 and 8 weeks to recover. Daith, conch, helix and tragus piercings take between 6 and 12 months to heal. This is because the thickness of the cartilage requires more time to recover. The amount of time a piercing takes to heal doesn't change depending on whether it is your first ear piercing, second ear piercing or seventh. The key for a swift and healthy healing is to follow the proper aftercare.

How to Care for Your Second Ear Piercing

At your second ear piercing appointment, our expert piercers will provide you with some aftercare advice. Following the proper aftercare can help you to avoid an ear infection and other complications in the healing process. Here are some top points to remember:

  • Clean your piercing twice a day with an Antibacterial Cleansing Saline Solution. This is the only cleanser you need. Other products such as surgical spirits or TCP can be abrasive and may interfere with a proper recovery.
  • Clean your hands with warm water and soap before touching your piercing. This can help you avoid getting oils and dirt in your new piercing.
  • Keep your original piercing jewellery in for the full duration of the healing time. Once healed, you can swap this earring out but make sure not to leave the piercing empty in the first 12 months.
  • Avoid sleeping on your new piercing. Not only can the pressure be painful but it can also alter the angle of the piercing. This could affect how your earrings hang once the piercing is healed.
  • Don't swim in the sea or in chlorine water for 4 weeks after your piercing.

Types of Earrings for Your Second Piercing

Once your second ear piercing has healed, the fun of styling it can begin. From unique and trendy looks to timeless and classic ones, the variety of women's and men's earrings is endless. Here are a few of our favourites to wear in your second piercing.

Huggie Earrings

For a splash of glamour, huggie earrings are a great choice. These versatile earrings can be worn in the lobe or in cartilage piercings to stunning effect. Pair huggie hoops in your second lobe piercing with large hoop earrings in you first for a striking statement look. Or, add some extra sparkle to an everyday look with a huggie in your conch or helix piercing.

Stud Earrings

Stud earrings are a must have for any jewellery box. Their minimalist design means they can be worn effortlessly from day to dusk. Wear a stud earring in both your first and second lobe piercing to introduce some casual glamour to an everyday look. For a special occasion, our diamond marquise studs pair beautifully with a statement earring.

Chain Earrings

Having your second ear piercing opens up the opportunity to wear gorgeous pieces like our mini gem chain stud. Featuring two handcrafted green onyx studs joined by a delicate chain, these earrings require two piercings to be worn. Whilst the gemstones exude classic beauty, the chain adds some contemporary edge for a truly attention grabbing look.

Climber Earrings

Make the most out of your second lobe piercing by styling it with a climber earring. These utterly stunning pieces run up the edge of your ear to give the illusion of multiple earrings whilst only requiring one piercing. Climber earrings are an excellent choice if you'd like to create a curated ear without the commitment of getting multiple piercings. Bold and beautiful, this type of earring is sure to turn heads.

Sustainable Jewellery from Monica Vinader

We are a contemporary jewellery brand who are proud to work with a focus on sustainability. We use quality materials, ethical gemstones, and recycled metals to create elegant jewellery. From everyday necklaces to statement rings, we have something for every occasion.

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