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Thinking Of Getting Your First Cartilage Piercing? Here’s What You Need To Know.

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Recently I’ve noticed that people who never were pierced other than ear lobes are now expanding their piercing collections and I think it’s great!

Cartilage piercings are an easy way to add some fun and excitement to your life with very little risk or commitment.

Piercings can be removed if you change your mind later on with little to no risk of even being able to see a scar, so it’s a low-risk body modification.

Are There Risks Are Associated With A Cartilage Piercing?

Yes, there are risks in everything we do in life… right?

The biggest thing with cartilage piercings is the healing time since it isn’t just through the flesh like the ear lobe.

In fact, a cartilage piercing can take anywhere from 6 months to 1 year to completely heal and that can be super annoying.

If you don’t follow the care instructions, it can take even longer and put you at risk of infections.

I’ve seen some people develop keloid scarring with cartilage piercings and regular piercings as well.

How To Choose Which Type of Cartilage Piercing You Want

There are so many choices when it comes to cartilage piercings, but here is a list of some of the most popular cartilage piercings.

  • Helix
  • Anti-Helix
  • Conch
  • Tragus
  • Anti-Tragus
  • Daith
  • Rook
  • Industrial
  • Orbital

The Daith piercing has been one of the most popular piercings among adult women because it can help with migraines.

Now, this doesn’t work for everyone or every type of migraine, but you can test it out on yourself by using acupressure first.

Do Cartilage Piercings Hurt?

Um, yes… of course they do!

When you get a cartilage piercing you are removing a portion of your skin and cartilage.

Piercing needles are hollow so that they make a clean cut for better healing.

It’s kind of like a pinch and burn, and then it’s over pretty quickly.

There will be some soreness during the healing period, so just be mindful of that.

Where Is The Best Place To Go For A Cartilage Piercing?

Well, it’s NOT Claire’s… please don’t go to Claire’s for any piercings.

Places like Claire’s use ‘piercing guns’ which are unsafe and also not sanitary at all.

Those guns are the worst because they force a blunt object through your skin and cartilage which results in tearing flesh and crushed cartilage.

The best place to go for body piercings is to see a professional body piercer, normally located in tattoo shops, however, there are shops that are dedicated to piercings only.

A professional body piercer will use a hollow piercing needle that actually removes the flash and cartilage with a clean cut for better healing.

When you choose a professional body piercer you can also feel more confident that everything is sanitary.

For recommendations, ask your friends where they went and what their experience was.

You can also read reviews on each shop and even take a trip to these shops in person so that you can observe the cleanliness and professionalism in person.

If it feels shady, move on to the next place until you find somewhere that you feel comfortable.

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