This Cartilage Piercing Has Almost Zero Aftercare | Macro Beauty | Refinery29


Life is traumatic. You’re not getting out of this place
without a little bit of pain. Healing a piercing is going to take time and
patience and a little bit of care. And if you can do those three things, you can
successfully heal anything. I’m Daron Dean, and I’m getting my cartilage
pierced today. I’ve always been into piercings. I feel like piercings are a little bit less
permanent than tattoos. Piercings are a better option for me because
I can take them out, I can switch the jewelry, I can let him heal back if I don’t like them. I was stoked when I first heard about
cartilage piercings for sure. For nursing school, we can usually
only have one in each ear, but it kind of depends on the instructor that you have. I’ve seen nurses during my clinicals, and they pretty much wear whatever they want. They have tattoos, they have piercings. I think once I get to the actual job, I’ll be good. I’ve gotten two cartilage piercings before. Both of them have scarred over with keloid scars,
which are little bumps that are right near the piercing. So I was super hesitant when I was asked to do this, but I am excited to learn from a really good
professional about the aftercare process, because I know that’s honestly the most important part. So I trust him, and I’m ready to learn and ready
for my piercing to look amazing. I’m Brian Keith Thompson. I own Body Electric in Los Angeles, and I am a piercer. The difference between a forward helix and a typical helix piercing, the outer cartilage area, is I’d say a little bit of the cool factor. It’s a little bit more pain. The reason why cartilage piercings,
you’re always hearing your friends and family talk about them if they’ve been pierced multiple
times, they’re probably talking about how hard it is to heal a cartilage piercing. And that’s because the cartilage is very dense. A keloid is a rage scar. Some people that keloid, if they get pierced with a needle, it doesn’t really take in. Something like a gun that’s more
traumatic, can cause a keloid. But nine times out of ten, I’d say
it is hypertrophic scarring. And that is where your body
overproduces collagen and kind of creates like a bubble around the jewelry and the piercing. And usually that is caused by either allergic
reaction, sensitivity to the jewelry, improper angle of the piercing, or just
you just can’t leave it alone. You keep hitting it. Trauma. When I noticed scarring on my last few cartilage
piercings, I googled everything. I didn’t really know what to do. So I just took the jewelry out and just let it heal back over because I was
really nervous that I was gonna have a massive scar. A lot of times people misdiagnose an infection
with a nickel allergy or just an allergy altogether. And they think it’s an infection, and it’s not. The only thing I carry at Body Electric
is titanium, platinum, gold. That’s it. I wouldn’t say that I like pain like that, but I’m not really nervous about stuff like that. It’s probably good because I’m a nurse, and I have to be around needles and blood all the time. People go into the piercing just summoning
up the courage to get the piercing. And that’s a lot, you know. You’re nervous of the pain, you’re nervous of you’ve never been in the studio before, they’re gonna laugh at you, or you have anxiety about the whole process, waiting in the waiting room, filling out the paperwork,
picking out the jewelry, if the piercer’s gonna be nice to you or not. I think the only thing that I’m super nervous about, honestly, is getting the same
scarring that I’ve had before and having to take it out,
because I do love piercings. So I want to make sure that it heals correctly
and that I can wear super cute jewelry. I’m excited to see a really amazing professional and see how it works out with me. I’m going to clean the area. First, I use an alcohol swab. Then I’m going to use an anti-microbial cleanser. I use two different cleansers. I clean the area, dry it off. You’re going to see me take
a toothpick, and with gentian violet, I’m going to mark where I’m going to pierce. Now it’s time for the piercing. The way I pierce a forward helix is a little
bit different than most, probably. I use a couple of different tools,
and it takes a little longer for me. It’s just the way I feel comfortable piercing it. So I use a tool, and I pierce directly into
the forward helix. You’re going to see a long, skinny rod type thing. It looks like a needle, but it’s not. It’s called a taper. I take that, and I back the needle out with that. So now that is a place holder, holding the
piercing open for me. So then I take the base of the jewelry, and that’s what’s called a labret back. And it’s a little post with a flat back. And that’s what’s gonna keep the jewelry in,
and that’s what’s gonna heal in your body. Then I use my little small hemostats. I hold onto the post, and I put the diamond on. Oh my gosh, it looks so good! After the piercing, my initial reaction was that it did not hurt as much as I thought it was gonna hurt, and I was kind of surprised with the aftercare process. I didn’t know that doing less is
actually better for your piercing. Now, this soap has tea tree oil in it. Gotcha. It’s Dr. Bronner’s as well, and I only want
you using it on these two. Okay. Those two. A little bit in your hand, and
just gently move the bubbles around. The bubbles, the suds are doing the work. You don’t need to aggressively get
in there and clean it, okay? Okay. I just felt like mixing metals with her would be cool. She looked good with the hoops,
but those hoops were just… Like I told her, she needs to dig a hole in her backyard and throw those into that hole. I used yellow and white gold. And I think I did a double little diamond, my little signature piece, on the right side. Before I got the piercing, I thought that my previous two
cartilage piercings that I had had keloid scarring, but he actually told me that
they were hypertrophic scars, which just means that your piercing is irritated
and inflamed and not liking all the movement that you’re doing. Low piercings can take a lot more punishment. Cartilage doesn’t like it, man. They do not like to be messed with at all. So don’t sleep on it. Don’t play with it. It’s not a g*****n puppy. Keep your hands off of it. Your hands are covered in bacteria. At any given time, at any day in Los Angeles, you have
about 50 strains of bacteria on your hands. Don’t touch your piercing. That’s how you get an infection. For somebody that wants flexibility with their
piercings and maybe, you know, doesn’t want something that’s super loud and obvious, I would for sure recommend to get
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