Healing Cartilage Piercings

Cartilage is flexible connective tissue found in many areas of the body, to include the joints in-between bones, the rib cage, the nose, elbow, knee, ankle, ear, etc. The tissue is not as rigid as bone, but it is stiffer and less flexible than other types of tissues.

Popular cartilage piercings include various ear piercings and nose piercings.

When getting a cartilage piercing, never let the practitioner use a piercing gun. This will cause excess damage to the tissues, and you’ll quickly find that it can be challenging to heal cartilage even when pierced correctly.

In general, it takes about 3 to 12 months to heal cartilage, but this depends on the location and how much cartilage is pierced. The healing time for cartilage piercings, also, depends on your body.

When healing a new cartilage piercing, make sure that you always wash your hands before handling your piercings. Do not take the jewelry out, do not fiddle with the piercing excessively, and do not swim in lakes, pools, or any body of water until the peircing has healed.

When healing cartilage piercings, use saline solution or a non-sscented, mild anti-bacterial soap. Never use peroxide, alcohol, betadine, or any strong astringents. In the shower, gently rinse the piercing and remove and dried lymph (or discharge).

You will experience slight pain and redness; you will also experience discharge as the piercing heals, but if this persists and worsens, you’ll need to consider the piercing may be infected. Excessive discharge and dark yellow or green discharge may also indicate an infection.