Ear Lobe Piercing

Ear Lobe


Ear lobe piercing is one of the oldest kinds of piercing traditions. Historically, western society has considered ear lobe piercings as female adornment - however, ever since the 1960s, it has become a more gender-neutral practice.

Ear lobe piercing started as a DIY practice of piercing your ears with a sewing needle and a piece of ice. Later, ear-piercing guns emerged, used explicitly by medical doctors at first before flooding the mainstream through mall kiosks and retail stores.

Currently, professionals claim that piercing guns are not the ideal method to use: instead, the safest method of piercing your ears is using a single-use sterile and disposable needle to pierce ear lobes. Your choice of initial jewellery for your first piercing is somewhat limited, with 16 or 18-gauge press-fit barbells recommended as starters.

Get your ear lobe piercing at Black Line Studio, Toronto with comfort and confidence, knowing that Black Line Studio piercers are ranked number one in Toronto. We pride ourselves in being nominated as “Toronto’s Best Tattoo Artist, Best Piercing Studio, and Best Tattoo Studio” by NOW Magazine! We provide an impeccably sterile, hygienic service and environment, in excess of Toronto Public Health Standards and Guidelines. Our piercing professionals come with a wealth of training and experience which allows customers to achieve the look they desire with ease and excitement. Black Line Studio looks forward to giving you the best ear lobe piercing service and result in Toronto!

Piercing Location There are several options when it comes to ear lobe piercing placements and combinations, your piercer will work with you to determine an ideal location on your lobe for the piercings to achieve the look you desire.

Jewelry Options Your piercer will guide you through the exciting process of selecting your favourite piece of jewelry. Ear lobe piercing jewelry style options include: captive bead rings, rings and studs. Black Line Studio does not advise removal of jewelry for at least 4 to 6 weeks post your piercing service.


Aftercare When following Black Line Studio’s after care protocol, the healing time for an ear lobe piercing is typically 3 to 4 months.

Ear lobe piercings are less likely to result in problems such as swollen piercings and other issues. However, if not looked after correctly, they can still cause serious complications. Proper aftercare for ear lobe piercing must be observed for an easy healing process.

Here are the DOs and DON’Ts to observe while your ear lobe piercing heals:

  1. Cleanse the area around your piercing with soap, warm water, or saline solution throughout the healing period. The outer part of your lobe will heal before the interior. If unsure whether or not your piercing has healed completely, check with your piercer before stopping your aftercare routine.
  2. Do not touch or rotate your ear lobe jewellery, no matter how tempting it is. Hands host a lot of bacteria that can cause severe infection, while rotating your jewellery causes more trauma to healing piercings. Clean your hands with saline sprays or antibacterial soap if you have to touch the piercing.
  3. Do not apply pressure on your jewellery, especially from hats and headphones, or sleep on your pierced side, as this can cause issues such as jewellery rejection. Use travel pillows while sleeping and ensure they are cleaned regularly.
  4. Avoid places where bacteria and germs flow freely, such as hot tubs and swimming pools. Lastly, leave your piercing in throughout the healing process unless you’re experiencing complications.

Contact Black Line Studio at [email protected] to book your appointment for the best ear lobe piercings in Toronto, or any piercing on the ear, mouth, face or body – we look forward to seeing you at the studio!

Frequently Asked Questions

Most ear lobe piercing experts will use a sterile needle instead of a piercing gun. Despite the popularity of piercing guns, they are not high quality tools, as they can easily become contaminated without proper maintenance and sanitizing. Contaminated piercing guns can cause severe infections after your ear lobe is pierced.

The ear lobe piercing process is easy and straightforward. A professional piercer will follow a few simple steps, starting by marking a spot on the part of your ear lobe you choose and creating a hole using a sterile needle or gun. Then, the earring is inserted into the hole.

Guns should only be used by professionals, as they offer little accuracy and, if mishandled, can damage your ear. Doing it yourself is also not advised.

The simple answer is: YES!

If you want multiple ear lobe piercings, it’s definitely possible to do so in one session. You can even get more than one piercing on your lobe in a single sitting. Nowadays, earring lovers are rocking elaborate double, triple, or quadruple lobe piercings. The only thing that determines the number of piercings you can get is the space available on your ear lobe and your ability to handle pain.

However, there are some consequences of getting too many piercings at once, including red skin, swelling discomfort, and interruption of the standard ear lobe healing time. Also, remember that every piercing needs similar attention when cleaning, so be prepared to perform multiple cleanses a day.

Piercings are painful, but ear lobe piercing is on the lighter end; you will only feel a little pain. Healing varies depending on the part of the piercing. Ear lobe piercings usually take a shorter time to heal than other piercings, and can take 3 – 4 months to heal fully. After piercing, do not remove your jewellery for an extended period of time to prevent the perforation from closing.

Piercers typically use studs as starter earrings in order to avoid allergic reactions after piercing. It's advisable to wait about six weeks before changing the stud to another piece of jewellery. During the healing process, lobe piercings should not cause any discomfort. If you notice swelling, severe irritation, or the lobe begins to ache, ensure you perform a thorough checkup to take care of any allergic reactions or infections.