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Pros and Cons of Getting a Cartilage Piercing

If you are reading this article, the chances are that you are thinking of getting a cartilage piercing, but you still haven’t got an idea of whether you should or shouldn’t get one. You might be confused because of everyone telling you whether you should get piercings or not. If so, you came to the right place. We will weigh down the pros and cons for you to make your decision to get a cartilage piercing as easy as possible.



After healing, they don’t require much attention

Cartilage piercings may take months and even years to heal fully, compared to lobe piercings, which may only take 3 to 6 months. However, once the cartilage piercing has fully healed, it doesn’t require any aftercare. Just a simple rinse with water will be enough.

There is a large variety to choose from

Unlike lobe piercings, cartilage piercings around the outer edge can wear both the studs and hoops, creating room for creativity. Due to enough cartilage tissue around the ear for piercings, you can stack up a few piercings to give your helix a genuinely unique and creative look.

They don’t take long to pierce

This is true if you opt for a need piercing instead of using a gun. Professional piercers use a needle that is sharp and mostly hollow. This allows the piercer to work with extreme precision and speed.


It’ll take a lot of time to heal

The awful part of a cartilage piercing is the time it takes to heal. It can take up to two years for cartilage piercings to heal properly. As compared to the lobe piercing, cartilage tissues do not have enough blood flow that causes the healing time to increase significantly.

They can make sleeping more of a painful experience.

If you sleep on your piercing, cartilage piercing may cause pain as applying pressure will not only increase the pain but also prolong the healing time.

It will also increase the chances of getting an infection due to sweat and irritation. Therefore, it’ll be best to change your sleeping position.

Your body might take a while to adjust.

Although you might be ready to get a piercing, your body might not. This can happen for a few reasons. Your body might have an allergic reaction by the type of metal of the earing or the equipment not properly sanitized. However, you can prevent it by using high-quality earrings and by properly sanitizing the equipment.


Even with the pros and cons weighed, it’s still your personal choice. If you think you’re not ready for ear piercing, then it’s okay to wait a little longer, but if you can handle the cons, what are you waiting for!