Getting a piercing always hurts, even if it’s just a teensy bit.
I had both conches pierced, and because my cartilage there is unusually dense, it hurt more than a helix piercing.
But everyone experiences pain differently, everyone has different ear anatomy, so there’s really no saying.
If you’re going to a reputable piercer, they should tell you everything you need to know. If not, ask the pros at the APP blog.
The best place to buy jewellery is at your piercer’s. If you’re uncertain, locate an APP member using their website.
There isn’t a single size that fits everyone’s conch, which is why the best thing to do, is to ask you piercer what size you need, and have them order things from manufacturers like Industrial Strength and Anatometal. That way, you can be sure you get safe to wear, quality stuff in a size that’s right for you.
Never, under any circumstances, buy from places like Hot Topic. The piercing jeweller they sell may be under 5 bucks, but they also contain materials that give you cancer, so IDK, maybe your health is worth more than 5 bucks.
It’s very basic;
There isn’t much more detail to it, to be honest.
It would be your best bet to simply go back to your piercer once your piercing has healed, and let them estimate what the best size for you is.
I’m not sure, I guess circular barbells just not used as initial piercing jewellery because thing could catch on both end balls, and you might have even more of a chance of it twisting about than with a CBR. The most popular initial piercing jewellery is the straight barbell, simply because it reduces the risk of those things happening.
You know, I think it’s entirely up to personal preference.
You can always think to yourself, do I touch my ears often, do I wear large headphones a lot, is it the side I sleep on, etc. Those things could mean having a ring in your conch is annoying.
But you could always try it, have a ring put in by your piercer, and when you don’t like it, switch back to a post with a nice treaded end.
That’s a question better asked to the APP’s Safe Piercing people.
That said, DO NOT PIERCE YOURSELF.
You’d better ask the professionals over at the APP Safe Piercing blog.
If I were you, I’d direct very specific questions regarding healing time to the experts over at APP’s Safe Piercing tumblr.