Your downsize is generally scheduled for anywhere between 2 – 8 weeks after having the piercing done, and in this time that channel won’t be entirely formed just yet and very, very delicate.
Herein, do you have to downsize a helix piercing?
Your original jewelry should stay in until you are ready to downsize, which for a standard helix piercing and most cartilage piercings, is 12 weeks.
People also ask, when should you downsize your piercing?
Is a hoop or stud better for cartilage piercing?
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.
First, take a hot shower, and massage the area. This will help the cartilage stretch easier by pulling more blood into the area! Next, once you’re out of the shower of course, take the taper and try to insert it. If it doesn’t easily go in, remove it and put the lube on the taper and on your ear!
around 3 to 6 months
Though at 4 months you probably still want to have high quality jewelry in it, so don’t change it for anything cheap. If your swapping to a hoop it’s best to wait a year. Hoops aren’t good for healing piercings and can actually prolong your healing. Too much movement and it allows bacteria into the wound.
What if I don’t downsize? I‘ll be honest- you might be fine! You might also end up with big bumps, irritation, or your piecing migrating and becoming crooked. All these things can cause the piercing to fail and need to be removed.
The bar length you need will depend on your skin thickness and piercing location, recommended lengths are usually 6mm or 8mm. For a short and snug fit, we recommend a 6mm length, if you have thicker cartilage or prefer to leave a bit of space either side then an 8mm may be better suited.
Unless there is an issue with the size or material of your jewelry, don’t change it until your piercing is fully healed. … Again, the heal time on a cartilage piercing can be up to a year. If you think your piercing has healed but aren’t totally sure, consult with your piercing professional.
After the first few days your body will excrete lymph as it begins to form the fistula inside your piercing. This lymph ‘crust‘ will likely collect on the jewelry or around the piercing. Do not pick at it. Piercings do tend to swell slightly — some more than others — during healing.
If a piercing is fully healed, you’ve had the jewelry in place for longer than a year, and you take the jewelry out, chances are very good that the hole will shrink, but not close completely and look as if it were never there. You will likely always see a small divot where the jewelry was placed in the skin.
You will want to eventually downsize your new piercing to the apropriate length for wearing in a healed piercing. Some piercings may require two downsizes. This cost is usually no more than 25 dollars depending on what the piercing is and this topic will be discussed at length the day of your new piercing.