A scaffold piercing is a multiple ear cartilage piercing that consists of two or more separate cartilage piercings placed so that an industrial barbell can be worn through them. This body piercing can be either done at different times (so that each piercing can heal independently) or it can be done at once, utilizing a PTFE barbell of 1.5 inches length or more.
These piercings are becoming increasingly popular and should be done with special attention to placement of the piercings beforehand. A slanted receiving tube is commonly used for this type of body piercing. Healing time for cartilage piercings is usually from 8 to 16 weeks.