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A cartilage piercing, also called a helix piercing, is one of the more painful ear piercings. The cartilage is thicker than the lobe, so the piercing gun or needle works a little harder to penetrate it. More »

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There is a level of pain involved in all body piercings, including cartilage. For a cartilage piercing, a needle is inserted into the upper cartilage of the ear, and it is typically more painful than standard skin pierci... More »

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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. More »

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There are dozens of cute ear piercings to choose from, including the rook piercing, done on the cartilage that separates the inner and outer ear; and the helix, which pierces the upper ear. Combinations of different pier... More »

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Symbolism associated with ear piercings has all but vaporized since the close of the 20th century as body piercings have been embraced by pop culture. According to Life123.com, between 1960 and 1990, gay American men pie... More »

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A nose piercing hurts more when compared to other body piercings, including ear piercings. A nose piercing involves inserting a sterile needle through a nostril or through the septum, both of which are made of cartilage. More »

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The benefit of wearing an ear wrap is that you get the dramatic look of an ear cuff without any of the discomfort involved in use of the helix piercing. An ear wrap is a more comfortable alternative to an ear cuff. More »

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