Cartilage Piercing

If you’ve been thinking about getting a cartilage piercing, you have many options. They have become more popular than ever before. In fact, cartilage piercing is considered mainstream as they are often seen in professional environments. The information provided below will help you understand the different types of cartilage piercings, including where they’re placed, the length of the healing process, and various types of hardware worn.

Types of Cartilage Piercing

1. Anti-Tragus Piercing

An anti-tragus piercing is exactly as it sounds; a cartilage piercing that’s located opposite of a tragus piercing. It's also on the opposite side of your ear canal, which is often a choice for people that want something different. This is a great option if your tragus isn’t large enough to accommodate a piercing.

An anti-tragus piercing can take as little as 6 months and as long as 12 months to heal. How long it takes will often depend on the level of care. Different types of hardware is worn for this piercing, such as barbells, captive bead rings, and small gauge studs.

2. Conch Piercing

The conch is cartilage located in the center portion of the ear that’s right next to the ear canal. There are two different types of conch piercings. One is an inner piercing that’s placed on the lower part of the conch. The other is an outer conch piercing placed in close proximity to the helix.

Conch piercings tend to take longer to heal. In fact, it can take from 12 to 18 months to fully heal. Whether you have chosen an inner or outer conch piercing, a 14G barbell can achieve the desired outcome. If necessary, you can select a 16G barbell. Studs, hoops and diameter captive bead rings (CBRs) are often worn in conch piercings.

3. Daith Piercing

A daith piercing goes through the innermost cartilage fold of the ear, which is the crus of the helix. This is essentially the cartilage flap located just above your ear canal. The piercing actually goes through the cartilage fold that's right above the ear canal.

The healing time for a daith cartilage piercing is longer that many others, taking about 4 to 12 months to fully heal. A popular choice of hardware for a daith piercing is clickers, as well as seamless and captive bead rings.

4. Dermal Punch

A dermal punch is a round piercing made using a sharp blade to remove part of the skin. A dermal punch can actually be performed on different parts of the ear. However, it shouldn’t be performed on an earlobe.

Despite the fact that skin is removed during a dermal punch, it doesn't usually take a long time to heal. The amount of healing time required will depend on the size of the dermal punch. Hardware required is a plug that’s 14G to 0G, which will be determined after the procedure.

5. Forward Helix Piercing

A forward helix piercing involves the cartilage of the upper ear. It’s similar to the helix piercing, except it’s located in the top front area of the ears where the helix meets the head. Given that there is plenty of space in this area, there is room for several piercings. It’s common to choose three (triple) forward helix piercings.

As with all piercings, the healing time for a forward helix cartilage piercing depends on how well you care for it. The average healing time is about 6 to 12 months since the hole is approximately 18G in size. Some of the hardware most often worn include seamless hoops, CBRs, and small helix studs.

6. Helix Piercing

The cartilage in the upper ear is the helix, which is also called the rim. This type of piercing is often done free-hand and can be placed on any part of the rim where there's cartilage.

The healing timeframe for a helix cartilage piercing is approximately 6 to 12 months. Hardware most often worn for helix piercings are CBRs, seamless rings and cartilage studs. The ideal size is between 16G and 18G.

7. Rook Piercing

The rook is found in the anti-helix area of the ear. A rook piercing is often thought of as a painful process. It happens to be one of the more difficult piercings. Where a rook piercing is placed is unique in that it depends on the anatomy of the person’s ear.

Healing for a rook piercing can take 12 to 18 months. The needles used for this type of piercing is usually 14G or 16G. Other hardware includes a curved or CBR barbell.

8. Scaffold Piercing

A scaffold piercing is when there are two different piercings that serve the purpose of connecting one piece of hardware. Where a scaffold piercing is placed is simply a matter of preference. Common placements are near the auricle, the forward helix and the lower helix.

Scaffold piercings can take about 6 to 12 months to heal, which is based on aftercare. Hardware is often 16G or 14G. Cartilage studs can also be used and replaced later with a barbell.

9. Snug Piercing

A snug piercing will be located in the inner ear where there is cartilage. This is a middle fold and the actual piercing is snug as the name implies. This piercing is on the lower to middle part of the ear’s rim.

The healing process for a snug piercing is about 2 to 4 weeks, which is much faster than other types of piercings. Since it depends on the level of aftercare, some snug piercings can take up to a year to fully heal. Hardware for snug piercings are usually small hoops or barbells.

10. Tragus Piercing

The tragus is located just before the ear canal and obviously has cartilage. Tragus piercings are becoming increasingly popular and they are relatively easy because of the location. It usually requires a small piercing needle that might be curved or straight.

Healing for a tragus piercing will be approximately 1 to 6 months. Hardware used is often hoops, small captive bead rings, and a cartilage stud.

11. Transverse Lobe Piercing

A transverse lobe piercing is truly unique because it’s positioned horizontally across the length of the ear lobe. It’s at the edge of the lobe near the cheek and also the edge of the lobe towards the middle of the ear. However, there are different variations of a transverse lobe piercing.

Healing for a transverse lobe piercing can take about 2 to 10 months. The hardware worn varies and might include captive bead rings or straight barbells.

As you can see, there are many different options for cartilage piercings. Whether you are modest or more daring, you can find something that fits your personal style.