Ear cartilage piercings look great and there are lots of different placements to choose from. There are at least eight different ear cartilage piercings that you can get, which makes them extremely popular and a great choice regardless of how many piercings you have. Cartilage piercings heal well and are easy to take care of, but they do take longer to heal than “softer” piercings such as ear lobe and lip piercings. This is because the ear cartilage does not receive as much blood supply. Most ear cartilage piercings heal in six to eighteen weeks and require very little care once fully healed.
As with all body piercings, it is important to visit a dedicated professional piercer for your ear cartilage piercings as opposed to a hairdresser or jewellery shop. A dedicated piercer will have the proper training needed to perform your piercing correctly with a needle, as opposed to a piercing gun. Piercing guns harbour germs and bacteria because they cannot be fully sterilised. They can also damage the cartilage and lead to a more difficult healing process.
Caring For New Ear Cartilage Piercings
Like all body piercings, new ear cartilage piercings should be kept clean and dry. You should clean your piercing twice daily with saline solution and avoid submerging it in water. Keep your hair away from the piercing and try not to fiddle with it.
Your ear cartilage piercing should feel progressively better, but consult your piercer if you experience any of the following: swelling, persistent redness, increasing/sharp pain or skin that feels hot to touch. These can be signs of an infected piercing and need to be dealt with immediately. When it comes to infection, cartilage piercings require a little more vigilance – it is possible for infection to trapped in between the layers of cartilage and actually destroy it. Most piercing-related infections can be prevented with proper aftercare, but it is important to be aware of the risks and symptoms.