Professional Earlobe & Cartilage Piercings

  • Try to resist the temptation to change your initial jewelry at the six-week mark. Ear and cartilage piercings take up to a year to heal completely.
  • Abandon the stigma of the needle. They are more precise and less scarring than a piercing gun, especially for cartilage.
  • Keep your cell phones and pillowcases clean and avoid sleeping directly on new piercings during the healing stage.
  • The ear is the most commonly adorned body part. Play around with your aesthetic options and have fun!
  • The cheapest jewelry can call itself hypoallergenic. Remember that is NOT the same thing as implant grade.

Additional Facts & Tips

Sleeping With New Piercings

  • Avoid getting new piercings in both ears at the same time.
  • Sleeping on your piercings will make them more prone to irritation, infection and migration.
  • Piercings can take up to a year to heal completely, so if you’re not already in the habit of changing out your bedding regularly, consider a lifestyle change.
  • At the very least change out your pillowcase for a fresh one often and make a habit of cleaning your cell phone every day. You won’t regret it.

Choose Initial Jewelry You’ll Love

  • Body adornment and modification is one of the boldest ways we get to express ourselves.
  • Treat yourself to jewelry you know you’re going to love all year.
  • There’s an overwhelming selection of incredible jewelry out there, but resist the temptation to change yours at the six-week mark.
  • This is only the first stage of healing, especially for your cartilage.
  • The longer you wear the implant-grade, continuously gauged jewelry we have provided for you, the better.

Don’t Shop Around That First Year

  • If you insist on changing the style of your jewelry after the six-week healing milestone, we’ll happily do so for piercings that look to be healing properly.
  • We do NOT recommend shopping outside of a professional piercing studio during the first year of healing.
  • Even if jewelry from the mall or a fine jeweler is expensive or makes hypoallergenic claims, it is not implant grade and biocompatibilities are rarely considered.

Avoid Nickel At All Costs

  • Wearing jewelry that contains nickel is one of the leading reasons that the body rejects a piercing.
  • Most people are allergic to it and what can manifest as an extreme infection is often catalyzed by an allergic reaction first.
  • At Koi we use the best quality materials for our piercings, including three shades of gold, which is ideal as an initial piercing metal for its natural antibacterial properties.

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