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Hi just looking for advice for my dd she wants 2 piercings in her cartilage, should she get them both done at once (both in one ear) or would t be better to let one real first? How long would it take to heal? Thanks
Getting them both done at once should be fine as long as they aren't right next to each other. If they are I'd suggest waiting, if she's very unlucky and gets an infection it could travel. And use a piercer with a needle not a gun, it's much cleaner and causes far less damage.
I had 3 done at once, in a row next to each other, no issues with that. It takes about a year before the cartilage is completely pain free in my experience, so awkward for sleeping - I wouldn't recommend getting different ears done at the same time because of this. Keep them clean, don't play with them, keep the jewellery in for at least 6 months as can be awkward to change and cause tiny tears that slow the process. Mine are about 15 years old and still get sore when I change them as need to completely manhandle my poor ear to get the tiny fiddly balls to go on!
It depends on whether they're going to be right next to each other. I have 3 in a row, but I had to get the 2 outside ones done first, then wait a couple of months before I got the middle one done. My piercer said it's because when you first get it done it can swell a little bit and being right next to each other it can cause problems. Hope that helps
Hi thanks everyone she wants a helix and industrial piercing (I didn't realise this was 2 holes on its own) but she wants the helix next to the outer piercing....? She doesn't wear anything in her ears really so that should be ok. How long do they recommend re swimming these days does anyone know? Thanks again.
Nina, she's 18 and happens to like piercings, I do too and have several myself just not cartilage ones. Each to their own.
Wow Nina, that's a bit rude, you wouldn't like the look of me then as I'm practically made of metal
She shouldn't swim until it has healed really, but it takes bloody ages for cartilage piercings to heal! Maybe give it a couple of months and see about swimming. The piercer will be able to advise better as my memory fails me!
I'd probably go for the industrial first then add the helix when that has fully healed.
Industrials also only work on some ears, if they're not the right shape then the piercing can't be done properly. Unfortunately way too many piercers are willing to go ahead and do them regardless so it's important to find somewhere decent that will refuse to do it if it's not viable.