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Can I Wear An 18g In A 16g Cartilidge

Can you get your cartilage pierced with a stud?

I assume you're asking about ear cartilage piercings, so that's what my answer pertains to.Not only can you get your ear cartilage pierced with a stud, but it's actually quite common!Many people get their cartilage pierced with a hoop, typically 18–20 gauge hole. This calls for a thicker earring that can be difficult to remove. Oftentimes they are welded shut because you aren't supposed to take the earring out until it's fully healed. If you want to change it, you can get it cut off and replaced by the piercer. The other option is to get a regular lobe piercing in your cartilage (I have one of these). It's a 22–20 gauge piercing and you can use regular earrings.Cartilage piercings are known to be difficult because they take so long to heal, sometimes even never healing until you take the jewelry out. You don't take it out for the first 6–10 weeks at first. Then you can switch it out if it's healed. If a membrane starts to grow within a few moments, it's not healed. It's better to get a ball back earring for cartilage because it decreases the skin to metal contact and therefore risk of infection.These:Versus theseYou want to wear strong, pure earrings in your cartilage at all times. Mine are all stainless steel and sterling silver. Playing with and touching your new piercing is not recommended. It increases your risk of infection tremendously and introduces bacteria into the wound. I prefer the stud piercing for cartilage because there’s less irritation while healing. With a hoop, every time you lay down to sleep or press your head against something it gets pushed and prodded. A regular stud doesn’t do that as much.Go to a professional piercer to get your cartilage done, do not try it at home. There are nerves in the cartilage that you can damage if you do not pierce it correctly. You could take the risk, but it's not worth the $30 you save to pierce it at home if it ends up perminantly damaging. My mother has a Masters degree in nursing and has done many piercings, but didn't want to accidentally cause damage so I paid a professional piercer to do it instead. If the risk includes high chance of perminant damage, it's not worth it.Photos:Buy Products Online from China Wholesalers at Aliexpress.com4mm Pair BLACK Ball small round Stainless Steel Mens Womens Upper Ear Earrings Studs Butterfly Back

Can I wear 20G-18G in a 16G cartilage piercing?

Once the cartilage is healed (I'm planning to give it about a year), can I wear normal earring posts (standard ones you wear on the earlobes) in the piercing hole? Cartilage will shrink regardless, but I was wondering if those standard earrings can be worn in the cartilage for perhaps a week or two at a time. Also, what is the "cheese-cutter-effect"? Can it really happen if I wear smaller gauged earring posts in the cartilage?

Can I wear 18g earrings for my cartilage if it's 16g?

18 g is smaller. Depends on how long you leave it in for. I would say you should be safe. Might have to stretch it later when you go back to 16g

Can I wear an 20g earring in my 18g cartilage piercing?

A 20 gage wire is 0.032 inch in diameter. An 18 gage wire is 0.040 inch in diameter. The 0.008 inch difference is easily within the eleastic limits of the cartilage. even if the hole closes up to the smaller diameter, you should be able to get the larger wire in later. You might need to grease it up a bit.


Can I switch my cartilage piercing between a 16g and an 18g?

Of course you can, but if u decide to pierce with 16g needle, you can of course change back to 18g, but your ear will go back to 18g size(stretch your ear only after it heals, cartilage piercing heals for 6 months!). Oh yeah, they normally pierce you with an 18g. You can tell them the gauge you wanna pierce, and don't use gold or sterling silver which might irritate your piercing. Use titanium or surgical steel. Good luck! ^_^

Should I shrink my cartilage piercing from 16g to 18g?

I got my ear cartilage pierced 6 months ago with a needle and they put a 16g hoop in it and all the research I did online said to use 16g. But a few months after I got it I was looking for studs and hoops and stuff and every store that I went into (from Claire's to a store that only sold piercing jewelry and did piercings) and they all said that it should have been 18g and the piercing shop person told me that the person that did my piercing screwed up and that they really should have used 18g. Ever since then I've been thinking that maybe I should put a stud that I have for my lobe piercings in and let it shrink but I've been going back and forth with the idea for four months and can't make up my mind. If it were your ear what would you do? I'm sorry this is so long but I wanted you to have all the details.

What if I stretched my cartilage from a 20G/18G to a 16G too fast?

Basically I went back and forth between my original gun piercing (which was two years old when I started changing the earring). I started with a 16G hoop and accidentally moved on too fast to the 14G after that. When I took that out I took it out for a week and got my piercing used to my original earring that you would put in your earlobe again. (I believe it was 18G, can't be sure.) And recently I put a 16 back in (or 14, can't remember that either) and it hurts really bad, don't know why. I've never had a problem with it. I'm scared to movie it around when I'm not in the shower under hot water. It's an aching pain, not the pain like a keloid or something. I don't think it's cracked cartilage but could it be that I stretched it too fast? And if so, should I take it out or leave it in?

The only thing that honestly bothers me is that the idiots at this piercing place gave me these 16 & 14G earrings without telling me about the stretching phases! Thank you.

16g cartilage piercing in an 18g hole?

Do you mean you bought some 16g jewelry for your cartilage piercings?

Cartilage piercings generally takes about 6 months to heal fully, and for all new piercings you double the healing time for first stretch. It won't be strong enough to stretch for around a year. Cartilage is much more fragile than lobes are and has poor circulation, making irritation and complications like infection more likely. Extreme trauma can shatter cartilage, imagine literally breaking your ear.

So you gotta wait another half year to be certain your cartilage can take a stretch, and generally you don't do more than one stretch a year on cartilage, two sizes a year would be pushing the limits of safety for many people.

Will using a 16g on an 18g cartilage piercing hurt/harm me?

I recently got my cartilage pierced, at normal gauge (18). I've bought an earring for the future when it is fully healed, but it is advertised as 16 gauge. I know this is a little bigger - all earrings I find for cartilage are at this 16g rate. I'm worried when it comes time to put it in will it hurt/harm my piercing?? I don't want to make it any bigger so I am very concerned.

I pierced my upper ear cartilage myself with a regular earring stud and sewing needle. Will there be any consequences?

Sure. Bad placement, infection, injury to cartilage, the list goes on.Aside from that, most jewelry for upper cartilage piercings is size 16g. Standard earrings are usually around 20g. 20g is a lot smaller than 16g, so you will not be able to wear hoops, barbells, etc designed for that piercing.Also, you'll have people like me cringing at you. I can always tell when a helix piercing is done wrong because it will have a tiny piercing gun stud in it with a butterfly backing.As weird as it may seem, I think doing it yourself with the wrong needle is safer than getting it gunned because that can shatter cartilage.