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Ear Cuffs vs. Ear Piercings: What You Need to Know

I personally love the look of a cartilage piercing – it’s a beautiful, modern update to the traditional lobe piercing.  Plus, it’s just a little badass. But if you’re concerned about the pain and healing time of a cartilage piercing, you may want to consider a no-piercing-required ear cuff.

“Should I get a cartilage piercing – or should I get an ear cuff?” – it’s a tough question, and there’s no right or wrong answer.

Here’s what you need to know to make the right decision for you:

Model with multiple piercings

Cartilage Piercings: Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Security & stability: With a cartilage piercing, you can put on your hoop or stud and just leave it in. No fuss, no hassle – you can set it and forget it. If you like to wear the same earrings 24/7, you may want to opt for a cartilage piercing.
  • So many jewelry options: With an actual piercing, you can wear a wider variety of jewelry. You’re not limited to the hoop shape of a cuff – and you can switch it up with barbells, flatbacks (though, frankly, the hoop is just so classic!).

Cons:

  • Piercings can be painful: The obvious struggle with cartilage piercings is the pain of piercing pain and the associated healing time. TBH cartilage piercings can be relatively painful (or at least more so than a standard lobe piercing), but thankfully the pain is usually short and sharp.
  • Healing time: Depending on exactly where you get your piercing, the healing time can take anywhere from 3 to 18 months. The healing process for cartilage piercings can be lengthy and requires special care and attention to the area to reduce risk of infection.  
  • You can’t adjust the placement: Given the permanency of a piercing, you cannot adjust the placement of your jewelry once you’re pierced. 

Ear Cuffs: Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Super low commitment: If you love the look of cartilage piercings, but don’t necessarily want to commit, ear cuffs may be for you.  
  • No pain, no infections, no healing time: Enough said.
  • You can adjust your cuff: Because ear cuffs don’t require piercings, you can move your cuff around to different places on your ear.  One piece of jewelry can give you so many different looks!

Cons:

Thinking about getting an ear cuff? I made a handy little guide for everything you need to know about how to wear an ear cuff.

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