What do you know about your Cartilage that you are about to get pierced?

Did you know that there are three types of cartilage?

–       Elastic Cartilage sometimes known as Yellow Cartilage

–       Fibrocartilage

–       Hyaline Cartilage

Cartilage is a tough, flexible tissue, which is found throughout the body; it serves two main functions from acting as a shock absorber to a mould. 

Elastic cartilage is the supplest, and makes up the outside of ears and some of the nose, areas that have no support from the bones.  Elastic cartilage is also the most flexible and least likely to break.  It may tear or be damaged but is unlikely to actually break like the other tougher types of cartilage can.

Cartilage does not have its own blood supply; blood cells help to repair damaged tissue, therefore damaged cartilage does not heal as quickly as skin or muscles.  All three types of cartilage can be damaged; a blow to an ear can damage the elastic cartilage, which can make your ear look deformed and is known as cauliflower ear.

A piercing gun forces a blunt piece of jewellery through your cartilage at speed, which is likely to cause un-necessary tissue damage.  A needle is hollow and is designed to move through the tissue with as little trauma as possible.

So what does it mean when someone says your cartilage has been shattered.  From the research that we have done we feel that it best definition would be that your cartilage has actually been ripped or torn. The only sure way to be sure if your cartilage has been shattered is by having it x-rayed.

Therefore there are more cons to having your cartilage piercing done with a gun than with a needle

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