The Pinna Piercing (Helix) is located on the cartilage rim along the top part of the ear.
Usually a small diameter Ball Closure Ring can be used for this piercing. Even the labret or barbell can be ‘micro’ jewellery (at 1mm or 1.2mm gauge), and need not be any larger than 8mm.
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.