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Rook piercing: you have to know that about the trendy ear piercing

Ear piercings are very popular right now. So-called curated ears are particularly popular. That means: We have all sorts of places on our ears pierced according to our mood. The more the better. The pierced ears are then adorned with beautiful earrings and piercings and coordinated with one another.

In addition to helix, conch and snug, rook piercing is also particularly popular. This ear piercing sits vertically in the middle fold of cartilage between the inner and outer auricle, the antihelix.

It looks super stylish, but the bad news: Similar to the daith piercing, the rook is one of the very painful piercings, as it is pierced through very firm cartilage tissue. In addition, the healing time is quite long.

We'll tell you what you should know before getting the rook piercing.

Important: Like all other ear piercings and holes, the rook piercing should only be done in a professional piercing studio. Non-professional piercing could lead to severe inflammation.

In addition, you should first clarify with a piercer whether the rook can be pricked on your ear at all. Because the rook piercing is pierced in the small fold directly above the tragus. And not everyone has this, or it is not pronounced enough for everyone.

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By the way: The ear piercing was named after the piercer Rik Dakota, whose nickname is "Rook". The American is said to have been the first person to have this cartilage piercing in 1992.

Rook piercing: This is how the ear piercing is pierced

As with other piercings, the ear is first thoroughly disinfected and the puncture site is marked with a pen before the actual treatment.

Since the cartilage tissue on the antihelix on which the rook piercing sits is extremely thick, a curved needle and / or a so-called receiving tube is usually used for piercing.

A receiving tube is a small tube that is closed at the end and is held behind the ear during the pricking so that counter pressure is created. The tube protects the surrounding tissue from injury.

Rook piercing: how painful is the piercing?

As beautiful as the rook piercing looks - unfortunately, the pain when piercing should not be entirely without. The cartilage tissue at this point is extremely thick and pervaded by many small nerves. That is why the rook piercing is one of the more painful ear piercings. How big the pain is, of course, depends on how much pain you feel.

But: The piercing only takes a few seconds, so that the pain is easy to bear. After the prick, the ear usually swells a little, throbbing or feels hot. These complaints also subside after a short time.

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Getting a rook piercing: those are the risks

The rook piercing is pierced through relatively thick cartilage tissue and therefore brings some risks with it. The healing process is not always as quick and uncomplicated as with a classic ear hole.

If your piercing is often caught in clothing or hair, for example, or if strong pressure is exerted on the area, e.g. when sleeping, wearing headphones or talking on the phone, then sometimes very severe pain can occur. In addition, new tissue can form during wound healing. This is the tissue the body makes to fight the injury.

If the piercing becomes infected, a doctor or piercer should be consulted immediately. If an inflammation or infection spreads via the lymph vessels and the inner ear to the facial nerve, in the worst case scenario this can lead to facial paralysis or impairment of the facial nerve.

How expensive is a rook piercing?

How much the rook piercing costs cannot be said in general terms. The costs usually vary from studio to studio and from region to region.

As a rule, however, you have to pay between 30 and 80 euros for the ear piercing. The price usually not only includes the piercing itself, but also the initial jewelry and care products.

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Rook piercing: everything about healing and proper care

It usually takes three to six months for a rook piercing to heal completely. In some cases, however, it can take longer to heal. So that the piercing heals as smoothly and quickly as possible, you should pay attention to the following things after the piercing:

  • Stay away from the piercing! The more you move it or play around with it, the greater the risk of inflammation. If you still have to touch it: Wash your hands well and disinfect them beforehand.
  • Spray the puncture site three times a day with disinfectant spray (available in the piercing studio or here at Amazon *).
  • Avoid blood-thinning medication (e.g. aspirin) for the first few days and protect the piercing from soap, shampoo and hairspray.
  • Refrain from going to the swimming pool, solarium and sauna as well as certain sports (ball sports, gymnastics, ...) in the first two weeks.
  • Avoid strong pressure on the piercing (e.g. from hats, headphones or lying on it).
  • Any crusts that may develop can be carefully removed with warm chamomile water.
  • Piercing should never be removed.

What to do if your piercing does get infected, you can find out here: Piercing inflamed: What you can do and when you should see a doctor.

Rook piercing: this jewelry is there

As soon as your ear piercing has healed completely, you can have the medicine plug replaced with other ear jewelry. Small rings are mostly used for rook piercing.

All types of piercing rings come into question here, for example classic ball closure rings, segment clickers or horseshoes. By the way, eye-catching rings in gold or rings with glitter stones are particularly popular.

If you don't want a ring, you can of course also use a banana, i.e. a curved barbell, for the rook. They are now also available in all colors and designs.

Be careful to choose high quality jewelry. Piercings made of titanium or PTFE are best. Piercings made of surgical stainless steel, on the other hand, contain nickel and can therefore cause allergies and inflammation.

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Important NOTE: The information in this article is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for a doctor's diagnosis. If you have any uncertainties, urgent questions or complaints, you should contact your doctor.

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