What Types of Risks Are Associated With Cartilage Piercings?
Cartilage piercings can take anywhere from six months to a year to fully heal and the prolonged healing time makes it more susceptible to irritation and infection. "According to medical research, there is a higher complication rate associated with high ear or cartilage piercing," said Schneider. "The complications can result in poor healing, infection, and cosmetic deformity if an infection is not treated early and aggressively."
To lower your risk of infection, closely follow the aftercare steps your piercer gives you and note that you shouldn't remove your cartilage starter earring at all for the first six months. With patience and diligent aftercare, you shouldn't have any issues.