Tragus Piercings: Everything You Need to Know

The world of body piercings is vast and varied, and among the numerous styles available, tragus piercings stand out as a subtle yet striking choice. Located on the small pointed eminence of the outer ear, the tragus piercing has gained immense popularity over the years. If you're considering getting one or are just intrigued by the trend, this article is your guide to everything tragus-related.

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What is a Tragus Piercing?

The tragus is the small, oval-shaped piece of cartilage that protrudes just in front of the ear canal. A tragus piercing involves inserting a small piece of jewelry, such as a stud or hoop, into this cartilage.

Why Choose a Tragus Piercing?

  1. Versatility: The tragus piercing suits various jewelry types, from subtle studs to ornate hoops.
  2. Trendy Yet Timeless: While being a modern favorite, its understated elegance ensures it never goes out of style. Cartilage hoops look fantastic in a tragus piercing. 
  3. Unique Placement: Its unique location sets it apart from other ear piercings. Located in the cartilage, tragus piercings have gained popularity as second ear piercings or double ear piercings. 

Pain and Healing

  • Does it Hurt? The pain level varies per individual, but many describe the sensation as a sharp pinch, followed by pressure. Some say it's less painful than other cartilage piercings. On our scale from 1 to 10 considering the least to most painful ear piercings, the tragus piercing is considered a 4.5. In our Artizan Joyeria guide you can spot what are the most painful ear piercings.
  • Healing Time: Tragus piercings typically take 3 - 6 months to heal, though it can be longer for some.

Aftercare Tips

  1. Clean Regularly: Use a doctor recommended solution to clean the piercing everyday.
  2. Avoid Touching: Minimize touching the piercing with unwashed hands to prevent infections.
  3. Be Careful While Dressing: Ensure your clothes or hair don't snag on the jewelry.
  4. Avoid Swimming: Stay away from pools or hot tubs until the piercing is fully healed.
  5. Talk to Your Doctor: If you have any pain or suspect there may be an infection always talk to your doctor first before applying anything on the piercing. 

Choosing the Right Jewelry

Material: Hypoallergenic metals, such as stainless steel, titanium or surgical steel, are recommended.

Style: While most start with a stud due to its compact size, hoops, barbells, and other designs can be explored once healed.

Potential Risks

Like any piercing, the tragus isn't without potential complications:

  • Infections: Proper aftercare minimizes this risk.
  • Migration or Rejection: Sometimes, the body might push the jewelry out, causing the piercing to move or close.
  • Keloids: These are raised scars that can form if the piercing wound doesn't heal correctly.

In Conclusion

Tragus piercings offer a beautiful way to express individuality and style. Though relatively straightforward, it's crucial to get this piercing done by a professional piercer and follow aftercare guidelines diligently. If done right, your tragus piercing can be a cherished addition to your collection, blending seamlessly with other earrings and creating a unique ear aesthetic.

FAQs about Tragus Piercings

How long should I wait before changing the initial jewelry?

It's recommended to wait until the piercing is fully healed, which can be anywhere between 3 to 6 months, or even longer for some people. Always consult with a professional piercer or doctor before making any changes.

Can everyone get a tragus piercing?

While most people can get a tragus piercing, the size and shape of your tragus will determine the suitability. A professional piercer can provide guidance on this.

How much does a tragus piercing typically cost?

The cost varies based on the studio, location, and the jewelry you choose. Generally, prices range from $30 to $70, excluding the jewelry.

What should I do if I suspect an infection?

If you notice redness, swelling, pus, or experience excessive pain, consult your piercer immediately. They can advise if you should see a doctor. 

Can I sleep on my tragus piercing?

It's best to avoid sleeping on the side of your tragus piercing, especially during the initial healing phase. Doing so can cause unnecessary pressure, leading to pain and potential complications. 

Is there any specific jewelry recommended for tragus piercings?

Initially, a small labret stud or barbell is often recommended due to its flat back, which is more comfortable and less prone to snagging. Once healed, you can explore various styles, including hoops. A professional piercer can provide guidance on this.

How do I clean the inside of the tragus piercing near the end canal?

Using a saline solution, gently clean the front and back of the piercing. For the inside, dampen a cotton swab with the solution and carefully clean around the jewelry without pushing it into the ear canal. Always consult with a professional piercer or doctor before applying any solution or lotion on the piercing.

Can I listen to music with earbuds after getting a tragus piercing?

It's advisable to wait for a few weeks before using earbuds. The pressure from earbuds can irritate a fresh piercing, prolonging the healing process.

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