|A 16G needle is used for most cartilage piercings, including the tragus, helix, rook, conch and daith.
In this manner, what is the smallest gauge for a cartilage piercing?
Body Piercing Standard Gauges:
|Belly / Navel Ring
|20G , 18G
|16G , 18G
One may also ask, can you pierce cartilage with a sewing needle?
Do not use a sewing needle! It puts you at a higher risk for infection. Please just use a piercing needle. … There’s the possibility of your cartilage shattering because the gun puts so much more pressure on your cartilage; the needle is more safe.
What is a 20 gauge needle used for piercing?
20 Gauge– 20 G is about 0.8mm. This is the smallest type of hollow needle. It is used in Ear and Nose piercing. Some people prefer to be pierced with 20 G needle.
16ga steel is . 065” inches thick, that is about 1/16th of an inch thick. 14 gauge in comparison is . 083 inches thick which doesn’t sound like much except it is almost 30% thicker (27.6% to be exact).
Most piercing points suggest 4 to 6 weeks for changing cartilage but it’s better to wait at least 8 to 10 weeks.
Stretching should be a fairly painful process, and you should only feel some mild sensations when stretching up to the next gauge size. Once you have your larger jewelry in your cartilage piercing, you should leave it in for at least 3 months before moving to the next larger gauge.
The most important question to consider is how large you want your piercing. There are two main methods to get to a larger size: traditional stretching or dermal punching. Traditional stretching is better for smaller sizes, while dermal punching is ideal for larger sizes.
Other medical complications from high ear piercing/ear cartilage piercing include: allergic reactions to earrings, scarring and pull-through tears of the ear, and two medical conditions called pyogenic granuloma and keloid formation.
It is a common myth that if a piercing is not done in the exact correct place that you will become paralyzed. This simply is not true! This myth originated because of a single case where after having her ears pierced, 15 year old Grace Etherington became paralyzed.
If possible, don’t pierce your forward helix yourself or by yourself. Have a friend help you with the piercing. The forward helix, in particular, is difficult to get to, especially if you are looking in the mirror. This whole process is much easier to do when you have someone there to help you.