From all types of face, body, ear and nose piercings including septum, tragus and helix, here’s our guide on the names, locations, healing times, jewellery, aftercare and where to get them pierced in Singapore.
Got your body inked with tattoos, and still looking for more ways to express yourself? Piercings are still having a moment — whether it’s on the ears, face, nose or body. If you’re a total newbie (still?), we’ve put together a definitive guide on what’s what and where to get them pierced in Singapore.
Keep in mind there are different levels of pain, risks and healing time, and it may or may not work for you. For example, I had to remove my septum due to healing problems and my nose took longer to heal than expected. Chat with a professional, especially when it comes to deciding which is best for you — and please, no impromptu piercings while you’re on holiday unless you’ve researched the place first!
Know your piercings…
Expected healing time: For your standard lobe piercing, it takes only a few weeks to heal, but cartilage piercings can take more than six months to heal fully.
Tragus: This is the inner piece of cartilage which is located over the ear canal, above your lobe.
Helix: This sits on the outer cartilage rim of the upper part of the ear. A double helix is when another piercing is placed under the first one.
Forward helix: This goes through the cartilage at the front of the ear.
Daith: This goes through the inner ridge of the cartilage.
Rook: This goes through the cartilage on the ridge between the inner and outer conch.
Conch: This pierces the cartilage that forms the back of the ear. (Healing time: 6-12 months)
Snug: This goes through the cartilage on the other ridge of the ear.
Industrial: This involves two piercings in the cartilage on opposite sides which are then connected by one piece of jewellery, usually one that looks like a mini rod.
Standard lobe: You know this one!
Type of jewellery used: Stud earrings (lobes, helix and conch), French hook earrings (lobe), fake plugs (lobe), circular barbells (lobe and cartilage), spiral cartilage earrings (helix), captive beads (helix, rook, daith and tragus), segment rings (lobe, helix, rook, daith and tragus), seamless rings (daith), industrial barbells (industrial). Go all out with ear hangers, plugs and tunnels for stretched earlobes.
Where to get them pierced: Piercing Clinic, #01-222, Marina Square, 6 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039594, p. 6342 1617
Expected healing time: May take more than three months.
Septum: Also known as the ‘Bullnose’, this piercing goes through the skin, not bone or cartilage, in between both nostrils.
Nostril – A basic piercing on either the left or right side.
Type of jewellery used: For nostrils, opt for captive beads rings, nostril screws, nose bones or seamless rings (nostrils and septum), while circular barbells, septum pinchers, septum tusks, segment rings and septum clickers are great for septums.
Where to get them pierced: Ink by Finch Tattoo and Piercing Studio, #02-30, 3 Coleman Street, Singapore 179804, p. 9623 4477
Expected healing time: This can take more than six months to heal, but for oral piercings, they’re slightly faster ranging from four to six weeks.
Eyebrow: This is a surface piercing which goes through above and below the eyebrow.
Bridge: This goes through the skin between the eyes.
Labret: This goes through the middle bit below the lower lip, just above the chin.
Medusa: This is usually done with labret studs and sits on the philtrum, the small indentation between the septum and the cupid’s bow of your lips.
Monroe: Similar to the Medusa but located on the side instead — so it looks like Marilyn’s beauty mark!
Lower lip: This goes through the skin below the lower lip through to the skin inside the mouth.
Cheek: Always wanted a dimple? This piercing imitates it where it enters through the cheek from inside the mouth.
Tongue: According to those who’ve had their fair share of tongue piercing, this is the one that heals the fastest. It goes through the tongue tissues, avoiding contact with the frenulum.
Smiley: Also located inside the mouth, this oral piercing of the upper frenulum or the web between the inner upper lip and gums.
Type of jewellery used: Straight barbells, micro bent barbells, circular barbells and captive rings for eyebrow piercings, and skin anchors and dermal tops for dermal piercings.
Where to get them pierced: Exotic Tattoos & Piercings, #04-11, 14 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228213, p. 6834 0558
Expected healing time: Varies per area and skin sensitivity.
Dermal anchors: Unlike traditional piercings that enter one side of your flesh and out the other, dermal anchors are single-point surface piercings, using a dermal punch to remove a small circle of flesh. This type is common on the neck and back.
Belly: A common body piercing, the navel or belly piercing can enter through the upper rim of the belly button, exiting through the interior or vice-versa.
Vampire bite: A surface piercing on the neck or the shoulder.
Nipple: You know the deal.
Type of jewellery used: Belly button rings, navel shields and belly jewellery for navel piercings, and nipple shields, bent barbells and straight barbells for nipple piercings.
Where to get pierced: Primitive Art Piercing and Tattoo, #04-101/102, Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road, Singapore 228213, p. 6735 3710
Though most studios in Singapore sterilising reusable equipment before use, you can never be too careful, so don’t be embarrassed to enquire. Your piercing artist should also be wearing gloves at all times, especially with when handling your skin, piercing equipment and jewellery. No impromptu piercings while you’re on holiday unless you’ve researched the place first!
Be sure to go through the steps for aftercare with your piercer after it’s all done. Ask your piercer to recommend a saline solution for aftercare. But should you have any allergies or injuries that affect the healing process, do seek a doctor — there’s nothing cool about a post-piercing infection.
Our best advice? Don’t touch it while it’s fresh.