Will 18 gauge fit my cartilage?

Any standard size earring or post will fit you. If you’ve been pierced with a needle in a piercing shop, most likely you’re at a 20 or 18 gauge. No worries! The smaller the gauge the bigger the hole, so any standard size earring can be worn in addition to 20 or 18 gauge captive rings, cartilage studs, etc.

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Considering this, can you put a bigger gauge in cartilage?

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.

Simply so, can I put a 16 gauge in a 18 gauge hole cartilage? 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. … Generally a piercer will use an 18f needle and use a 20g stud if it’s your ears for example.

Moreover, can you stretch from 20g to 14g?

At least 3 months at each size will make each stretch easier and less likely to cause damage. With all of that said – you may be able to go from 20g to 18g to 16g fairly quickly if your piercings are well healed. If they are recent – and you haven’t worn earrings for many years, go slow!

Can you put a 14g in a 16g?

14g jewelry is larger than 16g jewelry, but you might be able to fit it. Yes, you can stretch you piercing to a 14g just make sure that the jewelry that you‘re buying is suitable for a freshly stretching piercing.

What is the average gauge size for cartilage?

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″

How do I know what size hoop to get for my cartilage?

Just place your hoop on top of a ruler and count how many millimeters are inside of the hoop. This is the inner diameter. The hoop in the example picture has an 8mm (approx. 5/16”) inner diameter.

What size 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 do you go up a gauge size?


  1. To stretch with tapers, the first thing you need to do is wash your hands and anything going in your ear lobe. …
  2. Next, you’ll want to pick a lubricant. …
  3. Put the lubricant on the taper and your earlobe and then slowly put the taper in. …
  4. Once you have the taper through, you’ll put the plug in right after.

Is it OK to stretch cartilage?

You can stretch your tragus, conch, flat, as well as any helix piercing. BUT, when stretching cartilage you need to be aware that once it heals, the stretch is permanent! It will not shrink back down to its original size.

How long does it take for stretched cartilage to heal?

We typically tell people to wait 6-8 weeks between lobe stretches, 2-3 months for non-lobe soft tissue stretches, and 3 months minimum for cartilage stretches.

What is the difference between a 16 gauge and 18 gauge nail gun?

A 16gauge nailer is capable of firing thicker nails when compared to an 18gauge nailer. So, it is better suited for jobs that require higher stability and better holding strength. And, when paired with glue, your work is pretty much indestructible.

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