The Forward Pinna (forward Helix) is the beginning of the carat that begins at the top of the ear, by the side of the head.
This is often a slim strip of cartilage, as it is close to the side of the head, and can take micro jewellery (1mm to 1.2mm gauge) pretty well.
These include Ball Closure rings of 6mm and curved barbells, labrets or straight barbells of 6mm in length.
Healing Time: 8 - 16 weeks
Ear cartilage piercings generally take longer to heal than lobe piercings.
This is often due to a combination of things, such as the location of the piercing in the cartilage, the type of jewellery used and the tension that jewellery creates to the structure of the cartilage.
Using biocompatible plastics (like PTFE), cleaning cartilage regularly, and increasing your intake of minerals will certainly benefit your piercing; however a piercing will almost always be doomed to failure if improper jewellery and poor planning are used and left unmonitored.