Transverse Lobe Piercing

Transverse LobeAre you a fan of ear piercings? There are so many interesting options to try. For those who appreciate simplicity with a touch or originality, a Transverse Lobe piercing may be the best way to go.

This piercing is simple yet effective. It uses the most commonly pierced body part – earlobe, but in a truly unique way. If you want to have a really interesting earlobe piercing, this one might be the right thing for you.

Procedure and Placement

Transverse lobe piercing is done on the earlobe. However, unlike the conventional earlobe piercing (which is the most popular piercing in the world), this type of piercing is done horizontally through the earlobe. While the usual way to pierce an earlobe is to go from front to back, a Transverse Lobe piercing goes a long way horizontally through the lobe.

As such, it creates a longer piercing hole and requires different jewelry types than a traditional earlobe piercing. However, it’s still a lobe piercing so it’s easy to perform and it’s almost pain-free.

The biggest advantage of a Transverse Lobe piercing is that you get a really cool and unique piercing with minimum pain. Keep in mind that this piercing doesn’t go through cartilage. It makes for a very quick and easy procedure that is not particularly uncomfortable.

The procedure is usually done freehand (without clamps). This is necessary due to the placement and length of the tissue that needs to be pierced. For these reasons, your piercer may use a receiving tube.

The procedure might be different for people with attached earlobes than for those with unattached. Those with unattached earlobes will typically be pierced with a straight needle while those with attached earlobes will be pierced with a curved needle. This may also influence the choice of jewelry.

Typically, a Transverse Lobe piercing is done with a 14 gauge or 16 gauge needle, which means you will need the same size of the jewelry.


The most popular jewelry type for Transverse Lobe is a barbell, either straight or curved. The balls of the barbell will lie on the opposite sides of your earlobe. Simple, elegant barbells work the best but you may also opt for more decorated options.

Typically, people with unattached earlobes will wear straight barbells in their piercing. Those with attached earlobes should opt for curved barbells.

You can get a Transverse Lobe piercing even if you already have a conventional lobe piercing. It looks particularly great for those who have a stretched lobe piercing. In these cases, the needle will go straight through your soft tunnels or plugs. Of course, flesh tunnels provide a much better visual effect and are recommended for this piercing combination.

If you prefer to wear metal flesh tunnels or large gauge jewelry made of another hard material, it’s possible to drill holes in the jewelry to accommodate a barbell for Transverse Lobe piercing, but this is, of course, more expensive and difficult to achieve.

Additional Info

  • In part, this type of piercing will depend on the anatomy of your earlobe. People will attached earlobes will get a slightly different placement and might want to wear a different type of jewelry than people with unattached earlobes.
  • The piercing hole is relatively long and there’s a lot of tissue to be pierced. Despite all of this, a Transverse lobe piercing is one of the least painful piercings you can get.
  • It’s possible to stretch a Transverse lobe piercing but you need to be careful. There is no much tissue to be stretched so you need to go slowly in order not to damage the tissue.
  • Transverse Lobe piercings heal quickly and usually pose no problems. Abscesses are the most common issues you may encounter. In order to prevent these problems, make sure to perform aftercare instructions carefully. They will help you avoid potential infections. Proper aftercare is also important to avoid migration and rejection.
  • The healing time for a Transverse Lobe piercing is around 2-3 months, though it may last as long as 10 months.
  • Since this type of piercing will require a barbell with a significant portion inside the tissue it’s vital to only wear jewelry made of body-friendly materials. Also, make sure that your jewelry barbell is long enough to accommodate your piercing.
About Melina Jackson:
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