Have you been contemplating on getting a cartilage piercing? Getting your ear pierced is an easy process but there are many things to consider before getting one. Knowing more about cartilage piercing is necessary to ensure you know what to expect before, during and after the procedure. This guide should help you overcome your fear and prejudices about the process. Cartilage piercing is commonly placed outside the rim of the ear. It is one of the piercings that can be easily placed without too much trouble and issues.
Cartilage Piecing Procedure
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Cartilage Piercing Price
Cartilage piercing may be around $30 to $50. The price may vary from shop to shop. Things to consider are the reputation of the shop, the experience of the piercer and the type of earring you will use. Some piercing shops offer to pierce using your own earring.
Cartilage Piercing Jewelry
The most common jewelry used in cartilage piercing are barbels, bead rings, and studs. If you want to use a barbell, it is better to get barbels that are internally threaded. Barbells are more expensive than bead rings. Generally, studs are the perfect jewelry to try out. Although, curved bars may also be used for lesser risk of migration.
Cartilage Piercing Pain and Healing Time
Every person has their own pain tolerance so it would be harder to specify, however, in general, cartilage piercings are not that painful. The pain generally would be experienced while the ear is being punctured and a bit later. The sensation felt while the needle is inserted to the cartilage is comparable to a dull pinch. The hurting sensation after the piercing would hurt but not that much. This would only be experienced in the first two weeks. It should disappear gradually as the days pass. There are cases where the piercing makes a bit of bleeding but most of the time, it does not. After the piercing, the area would be red and would feel hot. Since there are many types of cartilage piercing, the healing time can vary from three to twelve months.
Cartilage Piercing Aftercare
One thing to remember is that even if your piercing already looks perfect after two months, it is still not healed. It is important to continue these aftercare routines continuously.
- In the first three days, sanitize the pierced area twice a day, in the morning and at night. Use a warm water or saline water to clean it.
- When done bathing, never forget to rinse the ear with running water to remove soap, conditioner or any cleaning product residue.
- Always use a clean towel to dry out the area.
- In the next four weeks, you can clean the piercing once a day following the first three steps.
- Avoid touching the area or rotating the jewelry
- Avoid using alcohol, betadine or hydrogen peroxide in cleaning.
- If rejection happens, consult a doctor.
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Dr. Piercing’s Aftercare swabs are developed exclusively for the care and cleaning of piercings and help prevent infection. These swabs are conveniently packaged using advanced technology for easy, sanitary application. These piercing aftercare swabs are most commonly used 2/day for the first week and 1/day for the next 3 weeks. This completes the pack in 4 weeks and after this point, good routine hygiene with liquid soap (anti-bacterial if preferred) and water should continue the healing process.
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H2Ocean increases circulation to the body or mouth piercing and accelerates the healing process. It will also help reduce lumps and scars. This formula remains sterile in the state of the art can. H2Ocean non-aerosol dry mist sprayer is ozone friendly and the can itself is recyclable. It is absolutely vital when taking care of a piercing to make sure that bacteria isn’t introduced to the affected area, and the only way to do this is by using a sterile formula like this one. In the case of an oral piercing we also recommend getting the aftercare mouthwash to protect your new piercing.
Conquering your fear with the piercing process myths can only be done if you are aware of the real expectations. Go ahead and get your ears pierced. Enjoy a wonderful change and new look with safety and proper sanitation. If you want to learn more about cartilage piercing, check out other types of it at Awesome Helix Piercing Jewelry Inspirations, Inner & Outer Conch Piercing Inspirational Examples, and Unique Tragus Piercing Examples with Tragus Info Guide.