All That You Have to Know About Cartilage Piercing & Jewellery

Piercing your face or your body is one way to look bold and different. ‘Cartilage piercing’ seems to be different from our basic ear lobe piercing. So, this article is for people who are trying cartilage piercing for the first time. Here’s a complete guide for you.

Cartilage piercing is a kind of piercing where a hole is created in any area of cartilage in our body with the purpose of wearing a jewellery. The two most common cartilage piercing areas are ears and nose.  Comparing with a normal ear lobe piercing, cartilage piercing is little tougher as the skin is much thicker comparative to the ear lobes.

How Cartilage piercing is done?

The method used is different from the ones used for ear lobes. For ear lobes, a general gun-shot method is used where earring is directly shot on to the ear lobes. However, in case of cartilage, a gunshot can cause damage to the surrounding area. So, here a sharp needle can work well. It helps to make a precise hole, thus letting you wear your favourite earring.

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Below is some list of common places where cartilage piercing is done:

  1. Tragus piercing is where a hole is created on the front of the ear canal whereas anti-tragus piercing is where a hole is made opposite to the ear canal. This is just above the ear lobe.
  2. Snug piercing is just above the anti-tragus, but through the inner section of the ear. This is considered to be more painful as the skin of that area is very thick.
  3. Helix piercing is done on the upper side cartilage of your ear.
  4. Inner conch piercing is a hole made in the inner side of the ear just beside the ear canal whereas outer conch piercing is a hole made under the curl of the upper ear.

Various types of Cartilage Earrings:

  1. Hoop: These are circular and small in diameter and fits well around the upper part of the ear. They are available in various patterns such as plain or with stones.
  2. Captive Beads: They are same like hoops with a single bead in the middle.
  3. Posts or studs: Made of metal or metals with gem stones. They are like normal ear lobe studs but shorter and a flat back. They are also available with a small dangling charm in the front.
  4. Barbells: They are half hoop styles with beaded ends sticking out of both ends. They are available in straight, circular or curved patterns. The one end is made of balls, stones or charms whereas the other end is made of threaded balls.

 Always remember, the healing time for this piercing is longer than the ear lobe (which is a minimum of 3 months to 1 year to heal completely) and till then you cannot change the earring you wore. So, choose your earrings wisely and maintain good hygiene.