Types of Earrings for Cartilage
Getting your earlobe pierced is relatively straightforward, but what if you wish to get a piercing somewhere else that it has to go through cartilage? The upper ear is a popular site for piercings where a lot of cartilage can be found. This is also known as Helix piercing and typically, people tend to wear thin hoops in this area. The piercing process when cartilage is involved is a little different. First, a sterile needle is inserted and it needs to remain in place while the piece of jewelry is added. This means that the piercing process is often a lot more painful for the individual. Aftercare for cartilage piercings must be done with the utmost care as it can easily snag or bump and become inflamed and painful.
New cartilage piercings should be cleaned regularly and kept clean as much as possible. It is not recommended to twist the new piece of jewelry around as this can irritate the piercing and cause more discomfort. Try to keep the area free from body lotions or perfumes too. It is normal for the area to swell up a little and it will take a while to heal – cartilage piercings can take up to 12 months to heal completely. We’ll explain more about aftercare further down the page.
The most common types of earrings for cartilage are hoops. These can be plain or twisted and can feature decorative patterns. Some people opt for multiple cartilage piercings all along the outside of the ear and use graduating sizes of hoops as the piercings move up. You can get more ornate hoops that are decorated with beads or even diamante studding for a more glamorous look.
Studs are also a common choice when looking for different types of earrings for cartilage. You can opt for tiny, unassuming studs or slightly larger earrings if you’re feeling bolder. Some people opt for bolts that go directly through the cartilage – this is a brave choice but it looks great! You can opt for a standard ball at the end of the bolt or something a little different, perhaps a diamante stud or even a fish head! Other designs feature a hemp leaf on the visible side, a bird, a star or pretty much whatever you fancy! These studs can be plain or can have charms hanging from them for a little extra style.
Barbells are also popular choices. These are usually curved metal bars that have balls at either end but they can be straight too and feature spikes or UV balls at each end. Opt for a twisted barbell for something a little different – you could even get some with spiky fluorescent balls at the end! If you have multiple piercings along the cartilage of your ear, you can purchase one earring that goes through several piercings in one and creates a really attractive look.
If you feel like getting a real statement piece to wear in your cartilage piercing, there are plenty on the market. Ornate tribal designs can be worn that cover the entire outside of the ear when using only one piercing. They are designed to wrap the outside of the ear in a very stylish design and they look fantastic. Alternatively, you can opt for what looks like a line of studs that is connected by a fine line of metal. These studs can be multi-colored, diamante or just plan silver balls.
Aftercare for a Cartilage Piercing
Before you can start looking for attractive types of earrings for cartilage piercings, you need to be sure you know how to care for the piercing properly. You need to make sure you clean the site of the piercing at least twice a day, more if possible. A good time to give the piercing a good clean is in the shower as the warm water will help soothe the pain. The area must always be rinsed using fresh, running water.
You can purchase cleaning products that are made specifically for cartilage piercing aftercare and it’s worth investing in these to make sure you don’t end up with an irritated piercing. An anti-bacterial cleaning product is perfect for keeping the site clean. If you think your piercing may be infected, make sure you leave the piercing in and contact someone who can help as soon as possible. If you have your piercing done at a reputable place, there will be people there who can help you get the possible infection sorted out.