A transverse lobe piercing is pierced horizontally through the ear lobe using a barbell. The angle of transverse lobe piercings depends on the shape and size of the ear lobe and should be placed accordingly.
Depending on the shape of the lobe, curved or straight barbells can be worn in a transverse lobe piercing. The ear lobe is relatively quick to heal but transverse lobes often take longer to heal than regular ear piercings. This is because the fistula is longer, with a greater portion of the barbell inside the ear. This also means that a transverse lobe is slightly more susceptible to infection. Transverse lobe piercings should be cleaned at least twice daily with saline solution. If the piercing becomes very red, sore or inflamed consult your piercer. Avoid swimming and submersion in water until healed.
Transverse Lobe Piercing Healing Time: 6 to 10 weeks