Undergoing any form of body modification means you spend considerable time on the decision making bit. As much as tattooing is in vogue, so is body piercing.
For all those freaks who feel great in flaunting their piercings (after all braving that pain is no child’s play!), it must be said that few considerations need to be thought of in advance prior to getting started.
Ear and Nose Cartilage Piercings
Cartilage piercing is trending
It is quite a fad for the younger generation to get cartilage piercings at present. Whether it is about making a unique style statement or just for the sake of adhering to peer pressure, this type of body piercing that was prevalent even many years back is back with a bang! Of course it is painful (imagine that ‘harder than flesh but softer than bone’ body part getting pierced) but everything takes a backseat when it comes to fashion. Most often ear cartilage piercings are generally at the helix (the outer rim of the ear), the anti-helix (top part where the region curves inside the helix), conch or conque (the inner part of the outer ear) and the tragus (little raised cartilage flap that separates the ear canal from the side of the face). While a lot depends upon cultural or societal expectations, it is the helix piercing that is often considered synonymous to ear piercing and accepted all over. However, the others come with mixed responses despite looking trendy on few. On the other hand, nose cartilage piercings include septum (flap of skin covered flesh and cartilage separating the nostrils) and the nose tip (septum bottom between nostrils leading through the tip up to the nose top).
Pros and cons of cartilage piercing
Who doesn’t like to show off something that is quite dear to oneself? The same goes for cartilage piercing. For the most part, this section of the skin is easily hidden by the hair or its accessories but you can always choose to flaunt it by tucking your hair up or keeping it behind the ear. As many people say that these penetrations are akin to self-expression as much as conforming to the cultural belief or simply rebelling towards it.
Reality told, ear and nose cartilage piercings have its own set of drawbacks. Firstly, it is because of the jewelry you wish to sport gets snagged by the hair, combs or brushes. That results in a little sore, which often enlarges into a deep wound as a result of bacterial infection. Another thing unknown to most people is that these piercings take long healing periods as the tissue heals itself quickly but the inner layers take some time.
Caring for the piercing
- The most important thing is to visit an accredited piercing clinic to get the job done. In case, you opt for the needle instead of the gun, make sure the person who does so is an expert in this art.
- Ensure that the tools are sterilized properly. Piercings guns often cause damage to the tissue that causes the healing time to get delayed.
- Check for symptoms of any infection. Metals used at the time of piercings can result in bacterial invasion.
- Keep your hands off the piercing. Hands are carriers of bacteria and substances like makeup, body sprays and the like should also be avoided.
- Wear only hypoallergenic earrings initially for few metals used in the piercing are likely to cause infection.
- Prevent twisting the jewelry as it can tear the fistula and cause scarring.
- Use a proper medicated healing cream to clean the area. Even when pus formation occurs, do not pick. The crust is normal but your hand can deteriorate the healing process.
- In the shower, let the lukewarm water pass through the piercing.
- Alternatively you can also douse the area with a sterile saline solution.
Keep these points in mind and flaunt your piercing with élan.