Yes you can, in fact that’s typically what a piercer will do, especially with cartilage piercings. They pierce with a gauge size bigger than the actual jewelry.
Additionally, what gauge should a cartilage piercing be?
Standard piercing sizes
|Piercing||Standard Gauge||Standard Length|
|Cartilage Piercing||16G , 18G||3/16″ , 1/4″ and 5/16″|
|Eyebrow Piercing||16G (14G is also commonly used)||1/4″ , 5/16″ and 3/8″|
|Industrial Barbell||14G (16G is also commonly used)||1 1/2″ (varies)|
|Labret Lip Rings||14G or 16G||1/4″ , 5/16″, and 3/8″|
Similarly one may ask, what gauge does Claire’s use for cartilage?
Well, I just found out that Claire’s pierces with a 20 gauge and apparently the more common gauge for cartilage is 16.
How can I make my cartilage hole bigger?
yes you can. When learning about piercings sizes you will know that the bigger the number the smaller the gauge of the piercing so yes you may use an 18g. the 18g is smaller than the 16g. Just be aware though that sometimes user smaller jewelry could cause your jewelry to get accustomed to that size.
Most piercing points suggest 4 to 6 weeks for changing cartilage but it’s better to wait at least 8 to 10 weeks. It also depends on how many times your ear is infected. When you feel fully safe then you can change your cartilage piercing, you can change them with small size earrings.
An 18 gauge, one of the smallest gauges, is actually smaller than a 16 gauge earring, with the largest gauges being 0, 00, and 000 gauge jewelry.
Is a Hoop or Stud Better for Cartilage Piercings? It is always better to get a cartilage piercing initially done with a stud. It is easier for the piercing to heal on a long, straight post rather than a curved post.
You’re supposed to be able to hang any hoop or dangling jewelry. It’s going to need around four months for healing. This type of piercing is done along the vertical inner cartilage ridge.
Nose hoops only make good cartilage earrings if your upper ear piercing was done at 20 gauge or 18 gauge. Otherwise, a nose ring won’t be the correct gauge.
surgical stainless steel
4 to 12 months
Most of the time, people stretch their cartilage because they want to wear jewelry that’s only one or two gauges larger than the gauge at which they were pierced. However, it is possible to stretch your cartilage to a gauge large enough to wear a small plug.