Everything about snug piercing: A complete guide

Snug piercing is getting common by the day, and the way it looks cool makes a lot of people want to have one. But there are a lot of things that you should know before getting you snug pierced. They include the following

What is a Snug Piercing?

Snug piercing is a type of ear piercing that is done by piercing the cartilage of the ear. The part of the ear referred to as the snug is the area along the antihelix region.

During this piercing, both cartilages on the outer and inner parts of the ear are pierced. This piercing, like other cartilage piercings, should be treated delicately.

Snug Piercing Guide

Snug piercing jewelry

Beautiful gold ear stud

Is the snug piercing painful?

Yes, snug perforation is usually painful especially if you are doing it for the first time.

Piercing is a painful pleasure that people love. And that’s why many of the people are having some kind of piercing. Ear piercings are the most common type of piercing. Even nose piercings are popular more than other facial or body piercings.

Before going to your piercer you must figure out the actual scenario. You are going to face some pain and bleeding for sure. I mean, you are going for body modification and how could you imagine it without pain or bleeding.

But yeah, the intensity of the pain depends on many factors. First of all your body and your ability to bear the pain. Then it comes to the piercing expert, if he’ll do any mistake it is sure gonna more painful for you. That’s why always go to a professional piercer.

How much will a Snug Piercing cost?

It will cost you something around 30 – 80 dollars. 

Actually, the cost of a snug perforation depends on a lot of factors. The expertise of the piercer and the reputation of the studio comes into play here.

However, this piercing should not be overtly inexpensive because it is a relatively quick process to complete for a professional piercer. This is favorable for those that charge on per hour basis.

In the most piercing studio, the cost of jewelry may be added to the piercing price. You need to verify this beforehand.

Snug piercing pain scale

Other types of ear piercing include Antihelix piercing, earlobe piercing, Tragus piercing, Antitragus piercing, Hook piercing, Daith Piercing, etc. Snug piercing tends to be more painful than these types of piercing because the process has to do with piercing 2 cartilages.

snug beautiful piercing

What age is legal for snug piercing?

In a professional piercing studio, the legal age to get this piercing is 16 years old. You must also come along with an ID to verify your age.

However, this law may differ from one country and region to another. In my personal view, you should not get any piercing before 16 or 18. This is only because I know how much care it needed.

While schooling and playing kids forget to essential aftercare routine. I have seen kids with infected piercing and believe me it is going to be very tough after that. Although you don’t have to panic just go to a reputed piercer and ask for the age limits and aftercare process properly.

Healing of your new piercing

One advantage of snug piercing is quick healing. It usually disappears quickly unlike other piercings. Pierced snug heals out in about 8 to 12 weeks with the proper care, and it is not prone to a lot of problems if it is taken care of properly.

How much will a Snug Piercing Hurt?

Snug piercing is being regarded as one of the most painful piercings that have to do with cartilage. This is because of how sensitive the cartilage around the ear region tends to be. Talking about piercings for the ear, snug perforation is definitely the most painful one.

With snug piercing, people tend to experience pain differently. For some, the pain happens during the actual puncture process of the snug, while others experience the pain while trying to fit in a piece of jewelry.

If you are used to body piercing, you should be able to deal with the pain better than someone who just is getting a first piecing. There are also many ways you can minimize snug piercing pain.

How long does a snug piercing take to heal?

Snug piercing usually takes about 2 to 3 months. This piercing does not have a really long healing period of time at all. However healing time may vary from person to person depending on body healing power and aftercare.

You will follow a healthy lifestyle along with a strict piercing cleaning and aftercare routine, it will get healed very quickly.

Is a Snug Piercing the right fit for you?

Yes, snug piercing is perfect for you if you have that proper ear folds. 

Although Snug piercing is not for everyone, you can simply ask this to your piercer. Your antihelix has to be perfect before you get a snug piercing. Even at that, you have to be dedicated to the aftercare procedures and precautions of the healing process.

There is no point in getting a snug piercing if you can’t undergo the extra care needed. Also, the snug piercing can limit the number of activities you can get involved in. So you have to learn about this before getting the piercing.

The best way is to talk to your piercer before getting a snug piercing. This way you can get more enlightened.

Where to get a Snug piercing?

You should get your snug piercing done by an expert piercer. 

Most tattoo studios also deal with body piercing services. You can check for a piercing studio near you on google. However, make sure the studio is a standard one so as to get a perfect piercing.

Is a snug piercing a surface piercing?

Snug piercing fits well into the anatomy of the ear. The location, of course, is the outer ridge. If it is done correctly and lines up with the anatomy of the ear, it will fit and look very natural.

What type of jewelry can be used for snug piercing?

You can wear a curved barbell or ring of your choice.

You can wear various types of jewelry in the store for snug piercing. This ultimately depends on how the piercing looks. Generally, the most common is probably curved barbells, but you can also wear various rings for a very different kind of look.

Prepare for snug piercing

Preparing for snug piercing involves a lot of activities prior to the piercing. If you are making use of a standard piercer, then you may not have to worry about most of these.

  • The area for the piercing on the snug will be carefully cleaned with a disinfectant. Make sure you let the piercer know the exact spot you want to pierce before cleaning.
  • The exact area will be marked with a spot of ink by the piercer. After this, a puncture needle that has been sterilized will be used to pierce the marked spot on the snug
  • Now it’s time to insert a chosen jewelry to the snug piercing. This must fit perfectly.
  • A professional piercer will provide you with aftercare products and tips to use for the piercing during the healing period.

How do you reduce swelling from a snug piercing?

You can use tea tree oil or lavender or even ice cube to reduce swelling. 

To reduce inflammation, jewelry has to be quite oversized. However, this could cause pain issues as well. Enlarging the piercing, on the other hand, allows inflammation and also an easy movement of the jewelry.

Risks with snug piercing

Snug piercing can go through a series of stages of grumpiness during the healing period. it varies from what type of aftercare you’re using and whether or not you’re taking care of it properly. You can avoid this issue, but it is something that naturally tends to happen with all cartilage piercings.

There are various types of infections that can arise if a snug piercing is not well taken care of. They include the following.

  •  Piercing Rejection

This is basically a skin rejection of the snug piercing due to poor aftercare of the piercing. The skin reacts to the jewelry and pushes it off the piercing.

  • Piercing Movement

Here the piercing expands and moves to another location on the snug, taking the jewelry with it. This is as a result of poor puncturing and poor aftercare management of the piercing.

  •  Irritation

This could be a result of reaction from some products that come in contact with the pierced region of the ear. In other cases, it could be caused by germs and bacteria when the pierced region is not properly taken care of.

If the irritation is as a result of a reaction to aftercare products, changing the products will cure it. In other cases, paying special attention to the aftercare procedure would solve it.

  •  Piercing Bumps

Bumps around the piercing area could be as a result of tightly pierced hole. Jewelry should not be tightly fitted to prevent this.

Do & don’t for snug piercing

If the ridge on the outside of the inner ridge is not pronounced enough and there’s not enough room there to do the piercing, it cannot be done and should not be done. This is because it can cause all kinds of issues like scarring, irritation, rejection, etc. You really need to have the correct anatomy for this particular piercing.

Also, another reason why you may want to consider not getting this piercing is if you are planning a vacation within the next three months. The reason is that usually when you’re on vacation, you are not in a familiar safe and clean environment.

Often, when most people go on vacation, they want to swim. That is not something you might be able to do with this piercing.

Aftercare for Snug piercing

Here are some aftercare procedures you should undergo after getting a Snug piercings

  • The healing period is roughly 8 to 12 weeks during which time you should undergo hot compression. You can do this by soaking with warm water and sea salt twice daily for 10 minutes.
  • Also, clean it at least once a day, using an antimicrobial or germicidal. Make sure you wash your hands before you handle it and try to handle it by the ends whenever possible.
  • The only time you need to have any contact with your snug piercing is when you’re cleaning it. In other words, don’t play with it. Leave it alone. Understand that organisms do move on the surface of your skin, and this could get it infected. So anytime you touch the area, you should wash your hands before you do so.
  • Do not rotate the jewelry or move it through the piercing. This could lead to not only the possibility of dislodging the piercing itself but also infection and other complications.
  • No oral contact or exchanging bodily fluids on, near or around the piercing. This includes your own saliva. Do not lick your fingers and clean the piercing. Your saliva is full of bacteria.
  • Clothing, bedding, towels, and anything that may come in contact with it should be cleaned on a regular basis. Also, avoid contact with unclean objects like telephones, headphones, earbuds, ear muffs, helmets, sporting equipment, etc.

Few more points to keep in mind-

  • The piercing needs to be cleaned on a regular basis, or better off, completely avoiding any contact whatsoever.
  • Also, keep pets away from it. Do not let them sleep in the bed with you till it heals completely. If not, they are going to release contaminants into the piercing through your bedding. This will then cause an infection.
  • Note that you cannot swim until it is completely healed. Furthermore, If you are involved in any type of sporting or competitive activities that may require you to remove the jewelry for a long time, note that they cannot be removed.
  • The jewelry cannot be removed during the healing process, 8 to 12 weeks. So if you’re going to have a situation, either medical, sports-related, etc, where you’re going to have to remove the jewelry on a regular basis. Then you have to wait until that part of your life is over to get this piercing done.
  • Avoid any type of activities that may require you to wear any sporting equipment or anything that may cover the piercing during the healing process.
  • Generally, you need to figure out some way of isolating the piercing during the healing process. This healing process does not only cover the duration of when it stops hurting but the whole healing period

Snug Piercing FAQS

How to sleep with new snug piercing?

You cannot sleep on your snug piercing because you do not want to add pressure to it. Avoid laying on anything that’s constrictive, abrasive or blocks the flow of oxygen, it doesn’t matter how it feels when you lay down on them.

Hence, the best way to sleep with a healing piercing is laying on the other side of your body that does not have the piercing. In a situation where you have the piercing on both sides, then lay on your back.

When can I change my snug piercing?

You can change your snug jewelry after completing the healing process

Do snug piercings reject?

Yes, they do reject.

Are snug piercings hard to heal?

Snug should heal completely within 3 months. However, this has to do with how well you oversee the aftercare of the piercing. A snug piercing that isn’t well taken care of may have a healing period of more than 3 months.

What piercing helps anxiety?

Ear piercing that helps people deal with anxiety is the Daith piercing.

 How do you change a snug piercing?

This depends on the type of jewelry you are using. You can easily poke the hole and slightly push out the jewelry in most cases.

How do you tell if you’re snug piercing is infected?

The area around the piercing will hurt, and in some cases, it can be red in color and quite swollen. Another way to know is through the release of pus.

What size is a snug piercing?

The common snug piercing is 1.22 mm. However, you can verify this from your piercer.

How to know if I could handle the pain of a snug piercing?

The best way is to talk to a friend or relative than has a snug piercing. You can also talk to your piercer on how best to minimize the pain of this ear piercing.


Shipra Chatterjee. After working for years as a content writer, she is now a full-time Professional Blogger. Beauty and fashion blogging is her motivation. Her experience and feel can be seen in her work. She is passionate about writing articles and reading as well. Apart from blogging, she keeps inspiring people through different social media platforms. Spreading quality knowledge, Love and Positivity is her primary moto. "Keep Good coordination with your Life, There is no way to get out of it Alive - Shipra". Instagram: -Beautyhacks4all Twitter: -@Beautyhack4 LinkedIn: -BeautyHacks4all

Recent Posts

%d bloggers like this: