A cartilage piercing is removed by removing the captive bead. The captive bead is one of the most popular jewelry designs used in cartilage piercings for its easy and convenient removal.
The captive bead or ball can be removed easily without being prone to snagging on clothing or hair. A cartilage piercing in the ear, also known as a helix piercing, is not fully healed until after one year. Before that time, removing the piercing is not recommended since changing or wearing inappropriate jewelry can damage piercing or prolong healing time. If an infection is suspected, removing jewelry can worsen the condition.