Ear Cartilage Piercing Problems and Solutions

Ear Cartilage PiercingWhen deciding on a cartilage piercing you wish to get, it’s important to take both positive and negative aspects of this piercing type. While ear cartilage piercings are very beautiful and rewarding, it’s important to know how to take a proper care of them.

What to Consider

Ear cartilage is very sensitive and can be damaged easily. For this reason, all cartilage piercings should be performed with caution. Choosing the right piercer is essential. You want someone who is familiar with this type of piercing and someone who will know how to perform the procedure in a correct manner. Needless to say, you will need to choose a good, reliable piercing studio to get your ear cartilage piercing.

Keep in mind that while they don’t seem complex, ear cartilage piercings are trickier than they may look. While they are not among the most complicated piercings, they require someone who is familiar with this exact type of piercing. They are a bit more complex than they seem, so it’s something to keep in mind.

It all comes from the fact ear cartilage is extremely sensitive and can break easily. If done incorrectly, ear cartilage piercing can lead to numerous health problems. The cartilage may break and “melt” – meaning, you can lose part of your ear. In the more extreme cases, reconstructive surgery has to be performed to save the ear.

If this sounds too scary, don’t worry. Ear cartilage piercing is not dangerous if done by a knowledgeable, experienced professional and if you follow all recommended aftercare instructions. In these cases, chances are that your ear cartilage piercing will heal nicely and that you will enjoy it for years to come.

Problems and Solutions

Here are some common ear cartilage piercing problems and how to solve them:

  • Complicated procedure. While the procedure itself is not so complex, it should be done with great consideration. Piercing cartilage is not the same as tissue piercing. All reputable piercers are aware of this. Solution to this problem is easy: always get pierced at a reliable piercing studio and by a knowledgeable professional.
  • Pain. Ear cartilage piercings are surprisingly painful. While they are not as painful as certain types of male and female genital piercings or nipple piercings, they do hurt more than what people expect. The solution? Be informed. While ear cartilage piercings tend to be painful, the pain is not unbearable. Also, the procedure itself is not so painful – it’s that your ear becomes very sensitive afterwards.
  • Infections. Infections are dangerous for all new piercings, but with ear cartilage piercing it gets even trickier, because an infection can spread very quickly and damage your ear. The solution to this problem is to get pierced by a reliable piercer and to follow all the recommended aftercare instructions. Don’t forget to clean your piercing regularly with a saline solution or a specialized piercing cleaning product.
  • Discomfort. Ear cartilage piercings tend to cause discomfort during the initial stages of healing. This is normal. You may use some painkiller if your ear is too sensitive after the procedure. However, if the pain and discomfort persist, you should consult your doctor to make sure there’s no infection underway.
  • Soft bump on the back of the ear. These soft bumps sometimes form around cartilage piercings. They are not so dangerous, provided that they disappear quickly. The bumps usually form when you change your jewelry. To minimize this problem and risks associated with it, always use only well-crafted ear jewelry made from body-friendly materials. Never buy cheap jewelry at a mall – it’s a recipe for a disaster!
  • Long healing time. Ear cartilage piercing takes a long time to heal. There is no way around this. You need to give it that time and to perform cleaning routine every day. While your piercing may look fine after a few weeks, keep in mind that cartilage piercing takes between 3 and 6 months to fully heal. Don’t stop your cleaning routine just because your ear is not sore few weeks after getting the piercing done. Just keep the aftercare routine and your cartilage piercing will heal nicely!

Additional Tips

  • Observe your piercing to notice early signs of infection, migration or rejection.
  • During the healing time don’t wear large headphones and try not to sleep on the side where the new piercing is located.
  • Be careful: ear cartilage jewelry can easily be caught on clothes or hair. Be careful when changing clothes and keep your hair away from your ear during the initial healing time.
  • Since special care has to be made during the healing process, it’s advisable to only get one cartilage piercing at a time.
  • Stay away from cheap jewelry made of unsafe materials. Many cheap gold jewelry pieces are made with nickel, which can cause serious allergies. Always buy your jewelry from a reputable store and made of body-friendly materials.

Anti-Tragus Piercing

Anti-Tragus PiercingAnti-tragus piercing is one of the common ear piercing types. While it’s not as popular as some other types (earlobe piercing, helix, or even tragus piercing), it is not a rare kind of a piercing. It means that you will easily find a piercer experienced enough to do this type of piercing correctly and to your great satisfaction.

Anti-Tragus Piercing Placement

Anti-tragus piercing is not really related to tragus piercing. Its name comes from the anatomical position: anti-tragus piercing is made on the specific fold of cartilage that is located opposite of the tragus, on the outer side of the ear.

It’s important to know that the size of this cartilage fold differs from person to person. Most of the people have an anti-tragus that is big enough to pierce. However, some people have anti-tragus that is too small to be pierced.

Another potential problem for the placement is the number of other piercings. If you have too many piercings on your ear, especially near your anti-tragus, and if you wear big, heavy ear jewelry, there might not be enough room to have your anti-tragus pierced.

This is why it’s always important to check with your piercer and make sure that you can get an anti-tragus piercing without a problem.

The Procedure

If your ear is anatomically suitable for anti-tragus piercing, the procedure itself is pretty straightforward and does not take long to perform.

The piercing is usually done with a relatively small gauge piercing needle. As with any other type of piercing, it’s important not to use a piercing gun. Piercing needles are safer and should be used to perform this piercing.

Jewelry

There is no specialized jewelry for anti-tragus piercings, so you should use general, multi-functional body jewelry.

The most common jewelry type for the anti-tragus piercing is a small curved barbell or a circular barbell. Some people also love to use ball closure rings.

Depending on the gauge you’re pierced with and if there’s no much room on the ear, you should consider microbarbells and other jewelry types with small beads and balls.

Additional Info

  • Always make sure there is enough room to have an anti-tragus piercing. If you have other ear jewelry, it may cause a problem. Jewelry can rub against the piercing and cause discomfort. It can also prevent your piercing from healing properly.
  • Don’t forget to clean your anti-tragus piercing at least twice per day using a saline solution.
  • During the healing time, avoid swimming and submersion in water. You should also make sure not to irritate your ear in other ways. Don’t hold the phone on this ear and try not to sleep on that ear during the healing time.
  • Anti-tragus piercing can take 6-8 months (often even more) to be fully healed.

Tragus Piercing

Tragus Piercing Tragus piercings are popular, even though they are not as common as other ear piercing types. Tragus piercings can be very stylish and they accentuate your ear in a discreet but fashionable manner. It is a great piercing for those who prefer cute jewelry that is not too big or “in your face”. It also goes well with other ear piercing types.

Tragus Piercing Placement

A tragus piercing is made on a specific part of the ear (tragus). This is a little projection located in front of the ear canal. Most people have this part of the ear developed enough so they can have a tragus piercing performed without a problem.

In fact, it’s very rare not to be able to have a tragus piercing because of the anatomy. The vast majority of people have a tragus big and developed enough to accommodate this type of a piercing.

The Procedure

While tragus piercing is not the most common ear piercing type, it’s still pretty common, and it’s not a challenge for an experienced piercer. The procedure is pretty straightforward.

This piercing is typically done with a small gauge, hollow piercing needle. It’s important to be pierced with a specialized needle and not with another instrument (such as a piercing gun).

Users may choose to be pierced with a straight or a curved needle, which means the hole itself will be either straight or curved. This may dictate the type of jewelry you can wear in your piercing.

It’s important to note that tragus piercings are nor particularly painful. This area of the ear has small number of nerve endings. This way, even beginners and those who fear pain can have a tragus piercing without a problem.

After the piercing is done, it’s important to follow the aftercare instructions and to take a good care of your new piercing during its healing time.

Jewelry

Jewelry worn in a tragus piercing is usually small and discreet, but still attractive and stylish. There is no specialized tragus jewelry made, so people opt for universal and multi-functional jewelry pieces.

Some of the most common jewelry types include small diameter Captive Bead Rings, studs and posts. Some people also like to wear barbells in their tragus piercings.

Additional Info

  • While tragus piercing is usually not problematic and doesn’t tend to cause problems, some people report minor discomfort while wearing earbuds and other types of earphones. This is something to think about.
  • Clean your new piercing twice per day using a saline solution. You should use a cotton ball soaked in the saline solution so you can easily clean around your piercing.
  • Resist the urge to touch your new tragus piercing or to play with the jewelry. This is never a good idea for any piercing.
  • Wait until the piercing is healed (at least partially) before you change your tragus jewelry.
  • During the initial healing time, do what you can to avoid irritation. Don’t hold your phone on the pierced ear and avoid sleeping on that side.

Bone Paku Pin(s)

 

Bone Paku Pin

20 Different Designs check out the larger photo. This is a really great piece that is made from genuine bone. Popular for ear piercings and even nipple piercings. It is held in with a slight tapered 14 gauge pin, so no need for o-rings. It comes in one color. This piece has a tribal look that is really nice and available in a ton of different designs, just look at the larger photo.

Titanium Big Ballin Circular Barbells now available

Titanium Big Ballin Circular Barbell

Our Titanium is Nickel Free, half the weight of Steel, and available in several brilliant colors, without the use of dyes to color it. We only use G23TI Surgical Titanium or 6AI-4VEli Implantable Titanium. Both of these grades have been successfully used worldwide for heart valves, pacemakers, and implants.

Circular Barbells are a great design for people who frequently remove or change their jewelry. 16 gauge and larger circular barbells are all Internally Threaded, and can be worn with virtually any piercing. Circular Barbell’s are measured using the inside diameter.

They are available in a wide variety of colors, with either Matching Colored Balls or balls in a different color if requested.

This is true with the exception of the 0 Gauge, 00 Gauge, 7/16″, and 1/2″ gauge. These are only available with Surgical Steel Balls only. Also on All Gauges Rainbow is only available with Surgical Steel Balls.

Prong Set Gem Plug(s)

 

Prong Set Gem Plug

Prong Set Gem Plug

Prong Set Gem Plugs will draw a lot of attention to your lobe Piercings. The are not just your ordinary plugs because the gem is set in a prong setting instead of the bezel settings commonly seen anywhere. These are available in many Gauges to accommodate just about everyone’s piercings. Made from 316LVM Surgical Steel for quality and in the prong setting, the gem will really sparkle. Gem colors available are either clear or black only.

Why Ear Piercings Can Never Go Out of Style

Whenever we think of piercings, the first ones that come to our mind are ‘ear piercings’. This easily makes them the most common place, but despite that, these are the most sought after piercings. Almost everyone’s initiation into the world of piercings is done through ear piercings. This is one fashion statement that will never, ever go out of style.

Ear piercings are probably one of the oldest forms of body modification. These have stood the test of time! Also, there is so much more to ear piercings than simple lobe piercings. Most definitely, ear piercings can never go out of style! Let’s see why: Continue reading