A standard ear piecing, and undeniably the most common, is a single hole in the center of each earlobe. It is a simple procedure. Some people later opt to get a second or third hole above the first. Professional piercers argue that no piercing should be done with a piercing gun, simple earlobes included, because a sterilized needle is safer. They also believe that post earrings (studs with a backing) are not conducive to healing, as they trap the lobe too tightly and prevent air from getting in. Earlobe piercings generally take just 4-6 weeks to completely heal.