So you’ve been thinking of getting yourself a shiny new cartilage ear piercing and unsure what to go with or where to start? Below is a list of the many cartilage piercings available to you and your ear lugs.

Types of cartilage piercings for ears:

  • Helix
  • Tragus
  • Daith
  • Conch
  • Scaffold/Industrial
  • Snug
  • Rook
  • Forward Helix
  • Anti-Tragus

Getting your first cartilage piercing can be nerve wracking and can cause your palms to sweat. Many wonder about the pain, lets just say it’s an entirely different feeling to just getting your lobes pierced but don’t let that put you off! The amount of people that return weeks later for another piercing is mad, once people get the piercing bug (much like tattoo addiction) it can be difficult to shake.

The cartilage part of the ear can often be a bit hard as it mostly consists of connective tissue. It is important to ensure that the piercing is done by an experienced and reputable piercer to avoid complications in future. Generally, piercing guns are used for piercing lobes and only lobes, but that certainly depends on the piercer. If the piercer pulls out a piercing gun of any form to pierce your cartilage, run for the hills! This can shatter your cartilage and cause some serious damage!

Normally the area is clamped and pinched or supported by a receiving tube so that the needle can pass through easily. As the needle passes through, you’ll more than likely experience a slight uncomfortable pinch, the best thing to keep in mind is that the pain is never as bad as you think and always remember to keep breathing.

The correct jewellery size will be inserted for any swelling that you may experience in the chosen piercing area. After a healing period you will need to downsize the jewellery to avoid any later complications such as migration or excessive discomfort.

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