Hey, I searched here and BMEzine.com, but I couldn't really find my answer. I did find something about an 18 gauge industrial, but it was done with a piercing gun, and the one I would get would be done with a needle.
Anyways, I was talking to a piercer about getting an industrial, and he said I should get it done at 18 gauge. The place I go to is a piercing gun free establishment, so they would be using a needle, and a custom neometal titanium barbell. I read on BMEzine.com some things about the gauge cartilage piercings: 18 and 16 gauge are usually too small and can migrate, and that dermal punches take off some of the pressure of a piercing on cartilage, making a larger gauge preferable. However, with needles and smaller gauges, it's often pierced one gauge larger, also to take pressure off the piercing.
So, my question is, would it take forever to heal because it's such a small gauge, and would it migrate?
Also, I read something on BMEzine.com a long time ago that the greater the surface area of a piercing, the easier it is to heal... I tried searching for the answer on this forum, and I looked through BMEzine.com encyclopedia, but I couldn't find the why this is.
Thanks for any info!