Cartilage Piercing

Many people are scared of getting cartilage piercings on their ears and nose because of the bumps that come after the piercing and also the small scars that develop around the exit holes. Sometimes, the piercing may also lead to abscesses, a pain pocket of pus.

Procedure of Cartilage Piercing

Here we explain you how cartilage piercing is done..

  • First, wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap
  • Wet the piercing with water
  • After putting few drops of anti-bacterial soap on the piercing, work them into a lather using a cotton bud.
  • Loosen any crusted discharge and remove it from the jewelry and skin using a cotton bud.
  • Leave the antibacterial soap on the piercing for 2 minutes while rotating the jewelry back and forth. This helps the disinfectant penetrate the piercing.
  • Rinse the piercing with water, and air dry it. Do not try to dry with a towel, because it may carry bacteria and cause infection.

Cartilage Piercing Healing

Here are some important facts and tips about the healing of cartilage piercing.

  • Generally it takes 3-12 months of time for healing, depending on the extent of piercing
  • Don’t touch your cartilage piercings with unwashed hands. Also, don’t let others touch till it is completely healed.
  • Clean your piercing only once daily, till the piercing is completely healed.
  • Using antibacterial soap, which contains chloroxylenol or triclosan, to clean your cartilage piercing
  • Wash and dry you hair before the piercing, and also later after the piercing.
  • Don’t use Betadine, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol swabs or tea tree oil to clean your cartilage piercing.
  • Sometimes an infection may cause pain, redness and unusual discharge. In such cases consult your physician for the required treatment.
  • Vitamin C and Zinc can help in healing the infections.
  • Don’t change the jewelry till the piercing is healed.

Detriments of cartilage piercing

The primary detriments of cartilage piercing are:

  • Infection
  • Scarring

Infection :

The infection happens from different sources. The person might get infection from unhygienic earrings and from the environment you choose for piercing.

Scarring :

Scarring happen when tissues in the piercing area are affected. The person might get a ridge or a bump on the area when it is done wrongly.

Risk involved in cartilage gun

The person who is getting a cartilage piercing might not prefer a cartilage gun to pierce the ear. This might take a long time to heal. It might also create prolonged pain and scarring. This happens because the guns are not meant to pierce the cartilage. So it might upset the cartilage and create difficulties.