Cartilage piercing- are they ok for a professional!?

posted 3 years ago in Accessories
  • poll: Is a cartilage piercing ok for a future physician or current physician
    Totally ok : (33 votes)
    46 %
    Absolutely not : (18 votes)
    25 %
    Ok for a stud but not a bar or hoop : (21 votes)
    29 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    A stud is probably okay as long as the earring you choose is tasteful.

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    LittleE3:  I’m not an actual provider but I work in healthcare admin. and have my right ear pierced 4 times. I don’t wear anything crazy in them – usually normal earrings, an emerald stud, a 2 diamond studs. It looks classy.

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I voted totally ok because with piercings, you can just take them out for an interview. Also maybe u would have to remove it to scrub in (don’t know the lingo but I mean when u go into surgery no idea what kind of dr u want to be). Since you will be a professional, frankly, I think you have more leeway than if you are, say, a staff member at a drs office or hospital. 

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    LittleE3:  No, I mean, they’re small studs. I wear my hair down a lot which helps but I don’t think it looks outlandish or unprofessional even when my hair is up.This is the best pic I have of them on my laptop but for my bridal shower I wore pearl studs. It’s the left ear in the pic (right ear IRL) ETA I also have the emerald stud up high which is unable to be seen in the pic.<br />

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 7 months ago by  springbride23.
    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee

    I have a cartilage piercing that actually has a small eyebrow ring in it ( the only comfortable way to sleep). Throughout my professional career no one has ever mentioned it. 

    Post # 11
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    6030 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I think your demographic here tends to be younger and more used to fashion trends than what you might see in the workplace. I think what’s acceptable here won’t always line up to the real world. You may want to pose your question to a group that more accurately represents your future patients and colleagues. 

    FWIW my brother is an ER doc and can’t even wear a tie that has NFL logos on it, so depending on where you work, you might face some pretty strict dress codes.

    Post # 12
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    560 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I work in healthcare but not as a provider. I have a simple stud cartilage piercing. I voted okay as a simple stud (clear stone or just metal color, but no crazy colors, no rings or bars). Lucky for this piercing–very easy to take out if you ever find it innappropriate. I would advise against visable tattoos or facial piercings though. One of our girls has tattoos and has to go through great lengths to cover them.

    Post # 13
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    108 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I had a cartilege piercing and chose to take it out after my first year of law school. Career Services first pointed it out to me that many firms are conservative and may not appreciate things like that. I’m glad I listened because I did end up accepting a job at a very large firm where everyone wears suits to work every day (while most firms are business casual) and only small tasteful jewelry. So my extra earring would not have been received well at this job. Mind you, I had a small diamond stud. I can’t give you any advice about the medical field but I think it’s best to play it safe while you’re interviewing at least. Most interviewers in law firms are old white men and this is probably true for the medical field as well. 

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee

    Where specifically are you thinking about getting it? I am assuming you mean ear not nose? Or do you mean somewhere else entirely? Within the ear, there are some cartilage piercings that look more appropriate than others. The helix is pretty conventional, but some of the inner ones will get you a lot raised eyebrows.

    As a very general rule though, I would say that any piercings beyond the standard, single ear piercings, are potentially problematic for professionals. There is a lot of grey hair at the top in medicine and only so much boat rocking tolerated.

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