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Ear Cartilage FAQ

Cartilage Piercing Additional Information

Cartilage piercings are a fantastic way to accentuate the natural beauty of one’s ear. From a simple diamond in a tragus piercing, a gem cluster in a conch, to a curated ear project, the possibilities are endless.

It is extremely important to understand that not everyone can get every piercing. Just because we see a picture of a piercing online, it does not mean that it works for everyone. We must work with your anatomy and plan piercings that will be successful whether it is a single piercing, an industrial, or a curated ear project.

Unfortunately, many ears will not accommodate certain industrial piercings and we require a free consultation before booking these appointments.

Some Examples Of Cartilage Piercings

Here are some examples of common cartilage piercings and please see the appropriate page in our “Piercings” section for examples with other jewelry types.


Conch and Tragus Piercing With Rings

A conch piercing with a ring that wraps around the ear can be subtle and cute or you can have a big, bold ring. As well, a tragus with a small, thin ring looks very classy. It is important to know that we do not start these piercings with rings due to the excessive pressure that it will cause on the tissue during the healing process.

The most successful results are to fully heal your piercing with a disk labret (AKA stud) and then have a ring installed with the fit you prefer. Usually, this is a minimum of 6 to 9 months after the piercing and can be as long as 1 to 2 years.

Do Not Give Up On Your Aftercare!

Cartilage does not have any blood vessels and piercings in this area take much longer to heal. We recommend that you are extremely diligent with your aftercare and do not give up on warm compresses. While we recommend one compress per day for most piercings, cartilage will benefit from you doing two or three per day.

Rings in this area look fantastic, but they can move and cause pressure. As well, sleeping on your ear can affect the angle of the piercing as illustrated below. The best way to avoid these problems is to be diligent in the preventative measures of your aftercare.