Cartilage Piercing


A perforation made on any part of the body that is made up of cartilage is broadly known as a cartilage piercing. The piercing is made in order to be able to wear jewellery. The nose and ear are the most common areas for cartilage piercing.


  • The cartilage piercing is more painful than piercing on other parts of the ear or nose.
  • Cartilage piercing takes more time to heal because other areas have more supply of blood as compared to cartilage, which aids in fast healing.
  • Infections caused due to a cartilage piercing entails severe redness, swelling, development of bumps or kleoids and discharge of fluids such as pus from the piercing.
  • Most often people find it difficult to sleep after a cartilage piercing is made till the wound has healed completely. It is painful and uncomfortable.
  • People may also have a bacterial infection known as pseudomonas, the person then has to be hospitalized and given intravenous medication, as they are generally resistant to antibiotics.
  • Use of wrong techniques to make the piercing can damage the cartilage leading to further complications because our bodies cannot re grow cartilages.


  • The most important factor that a person should keep in mind when they are going to get any kind of piercing is that the piercing salon where the piercing procedure will be conducted should be clean and hygienic and the piercing artist who will make the piercing should be an experienced professional. A salon that is clean and hygienic reduces chances of an infection. Also the technique used to make the perforation is important to ensure that the person does not run at a risk of an infection or any further complication.
  • It is important for the person to discuss the procedure for the piercing in details with the piercing artist to make sure that all doubts are clarified. Moreover, the person must specify that the equipments must be clean and properly sterilized.

It is necessary that the equipments are sterilized to avoid transmission of diseases and chances of infection.

  • The technique used to make the piercing may have serious affects on the person. The use of a needle is preferred to the use of a gun in case of a cartilage piercing. A gun cannot be sterilized because of this most places have banned the use of guns to make piercings. Also, the gun is too powerful, when the gun is shot to make the piercing, it may cause the shattering of the cartilage and permanent deformity of the particular body part, as the cartilage cannot be grown again.


First the piercing artist cleans the area that is to be pierced with a disinfectant. The spot that is to be pierced is marked with a surgical pen. Sterilized equipments like the needle are used to make the perforation and the jewellery chosen by the person is inserted immediately. Some cotton dipped in water is used to clear the area of the piercing to remove blots of blood that may have dried. Lastly, an anti bacterial solution is applied on the piercing and the jewellery is rotated so that the anti bacterial solution is applied thoroughly on the inside of the piercing.


A cartilage piercing is more painful than other kinds of piercing. Redness, swelling and discharge of pus are common in case of a cartilage piercing. The pain will subdue as the wound heals, But till the wound heals completely it may be especially painful while sleeping and special care needs to be taken that the person must not turn to sleep on the side of the piercing.


Healing time- A cartilage piercing takes about 3-6 months to heal. Cartilage piercing takes more time to heal than other kinds of piercing. Time taken for any piercing to heal also depends on the technique used for the piercing, the care taken after the piercing and how fast the body of the person is able to repair its wounds.

How to avoid infections?

                                       DOs DON’Ts
·       Keep the piercing clean by using warm saline solution.

·       Clean your hands before touching the piercing.

·       Keep personal belongings like bed sheets and towels clean.

·       Use sterilized needle to make the perforation.

·       Do not go swimming as it may increase the chances of an infection.

·       Do not change the jewellery before the piercing heals completely.

·       Do not use ointments or products that have not been prescribed.

·       Do not use a gun to make the piercing as it cannot be sterilized.







How to take care of an infection?

  • Clean the piercing twice daily, by using cotton soaked in warm saline solution.
  • Use mild cleaning solutions that will not cause any allergic reaction.
  • Do not rotate or take off the jewellery as it will block the gap and restrict the fluids from getting out of the piercing, causing a bump or a kleoid.
  • Consult a doctor if the infection gets worse and itches, in case the allergy is caused due to the material of the jewellery, replace it carefully with some other jewellery.


In case of a cartilage piercing a simple stud is preferred because hoops have a larger surface therefore there is more room for bacteria. More care should be taken in order to avoid infection in case of cartilage piercing as it does not heal easily. However, people may experiment with the jewellery once the wound has healed completely.


Cost of a cartilage piercing depends on which area the piercing is to be made. Most often the piercing costs between $20 – 60. Cost is also affected by the choice of jewellery and the fee charged by the salon and the piercing expert which is different in every case.

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