The Importance of Downsizing
Getting a new piercing comes with a lot of useful information from your piercer on how to care for your new adornment. Every client gets an aftercare speech and while it is a great deal of information to take in, it’s all very important to the happy healing of your new piercing.
One thing that tends to be forgotten is downsizing your jewelry after the initial piercing. The body reacts and swells to the introduction of a piercing, which usually requires longer jewelry to start with. This prevents the jewelry itself from becoming embedded in the skin while the body adjusts.
While most piercings get a slightly longer initial piece of jewelry, there are two specific areas that need longer jewelry to start off with that should be changed at a designated time.
The first is cartilage. Anything in the ear or even the nose needs to have room to swell and shrink back up. You might find that the length of your jewelry feels strange or unsightly but rest assured that this is part of the process.
With cartilage piercings, it is recommended that you wait about three to four months before downsizing your initial jewelry. Specifically on the outer rim, in the helix, it is very important to take this step in the healing process.