Whether it’s a hoop or stud, you can always get whichever you like for a cartilage piercing. Your piercer will probably recommend labret studs—longer studs will accommodate for how much the piercing will swell. Hoops may be too small to give your piercing breathing space.
Similarly one may ask, what is the best earring for a cartilage piercing?
You can choose earring studs, hoops, dangles, or open hoop dangles. The best type of jewelry for your ear piercing are gold earrings, as many people with metal allergies can tolerate nickel-free 14k gold in their piercings.
In this regard, what size hoop should I get for my cartilage?
|Standard Hoop Inner Diameter|
|Ear Cartilage (Helix, Tragus, Lobe, etc.)||5/16″ (8mm)|
|Earhead, Thin Helix (Hole near the edge)||1/4″ (6-6.5mm)|
When can I put a hoop in my cartilage?
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.
Do ear piercings hurt? … Different parts of the ear are bound to hurt more than others because the flesh varies – the ear lobe is generally considered the least painful piercing whereas cartilage piercings, like the helix, tragus, conch and so on – will usually be more painful because it’s tougher.
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A regular earring, like one used for an earlobe piercing that hasn’t been stretched, is usually 20 gauge. This is thinner than the average gauge used for a helix piercing performed in a professional setting, which means it isn’t advisable to wear a regular earring in your cartilage piercing.
I’m not a piercer, but the most common reasons I see for delayed/problematic healing are improper jewelry and bad cleaning practices. As far as jewelry, you’ll need implant grade metal, usually titanium or some other metal that can be properly sterilized.
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″|
The helix on your right ear may be able to handle an industrial when the left may be too small, or your antihelical fold may interfere on one side but not the other. … Piercing today is a practice embraced by people of all stripes, and it truly doesn’t matter whether your ear is pierced or which side you choose.
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.
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. It allows room for swelling and placing the jewelry.