Cartilage Piercings: If you’ve ever thought about cartilage piercing, you’ve probably had a lot of questions on the subject. Cartilage piercings are one of the most popular types of piercings, especially because they represent a diverse selection of piercings that are suitable for almost every style and personality.
Here’s a handy guide to everything you need to know about cartilage piercings so you can decide which piercing is right for you.
What is cartilage piercing?
Cartilage piercing is technically a broader category of piercings that include many specific types and can be on one or both ears.
While the lower part of your ear (the earlobe) is soft and fleshy, most of the rest of the ear contains cartilage just under the skin. Because the ear is made up of a significant amount of cartilage, the most penetrating placement in the ear is considered “cartilage piercing”. As with any piercing, the placement depends on your specific anatomy.
Here are some types of cartilage ear piercing that you should consider:
- A helix piercing is located on the outer edge of the ear and can be placed either on the upper or lower part of this area.
- A front helix piercing is located in the “front” part of the cartilage, where your ear meets your face. It is common for people to get three forward helix piercings in a line that goes up the ear.
- Daith piercing runs through the “crus helix” part of the ear, the cartilage fold over the tragus and under the tower.
- A tower piercing is the small “cartilage ridge” directly above the middle of the ear.
- A conch piercing goes through the middle of the conch or cup of the ear
- An industrial piercing is a long rod that goes through the top of your ear. This piercing can be horizontal or vertical.
- A close-fitting piercing is a horizontal piercing on the raised cartilage in the anti-helix part of the ear.
- Tragus piercings are placed on the part of the skin and cartilage just in front of your ear canal. This is the small triangular area near the center of your ear.
Do cartilage piercings hurt?
As with any piercing, the pain associated with cartilage piercing depends primarily on your personal pain tolerance. Most people compare the feeling to a quick insect bite or a pinch, but agree that it is absolutely bearable.
Cartilage piercing aftercare
The aftercare process for a cartilage piercing is very similar to that of other body piercings. Slight to moderate redness, swelling and irritation are relatively normal and usually go away once healing is complete.
Avoid playing with your new piercing as this can often slow down the healing process. Instead of applying harsh chemicals (like peroxide or alcohol) to the piercing, stick to gentle cleansing products like the non-iodized sea salt and glycerin soap that you take home to an almost famous piercing location after the piercing. Finally, practicing common healthy habits like drinking plenty of water and eating well can help your cartilage piercing to heal faster and easier.
Come to Fast Famous Body Piercing for your next piercing
Whether it’s a cartilage piercing you’re interested in or some other unique piercing style, the talented piercers from Almost Famous Body Piercing can bring your vision to life. With locations in Minnesota, North Dakota, Illinois and Montana and countless satisfied customers, we are one of the best piercing shops in the Midwest. With extensive piercing experience, unprecedented customer service and a huge selection of body jewelry, Almost Famous Body Piercing should be your first choice.
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