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Tragus Piercing - The Facts

Updated on January 13, 2012

Tragus piercing has become one of the most popular forms of body modification. Both visually attractive and well positioned to prevent accidental snagging of the stud or ring, a tragus piercing seems to have everything going for it.

The tragus is the part of the ear just in front of the opening. If you run your fingers at the side of your face, it is the first part of the ear that your fingers will meet.

To perform a tragus piercing, a special piercing needle is used. This is important as the flesh of that part of the ear is quite thick and therefore using a standard piercing gun is likely to be unsuccessful and can lead to problems such as infections afterwards.

As with all piercings, it is essential that you seek out a professional and don’t use an unqualified piercer or worse still, do it yourself. You may be in for a world of pain if you try this at home – it really isn’t worth it. Remember, you are having this piercing to improve your looks and not to disfigure yourself, so remember that DIY tragus piercing is a definite no no.

To perform the piercing, a hollow needle is used to penetrate the tragus. A good piercer will be able to minimise the pain by doing it quickly and efficiently. It is natural that some bleeding will occur but this should not be excessive. Once the needle has been inserted, your choice of tragus jewelry can be inserted. Bear in mind that this piece of jewelry will need to be kept in until the piercing heals, so remember to select a piece of jewelry that you are happy with as it will stay there for a few months.

Example of a tragus piercing using a stud
Example of a tragus piercing using a stud

How Much Does a Tragus Piercing Cost?

This is one of the most common questions about tragus piercings; the other of course being ‘does it hurt?’ which is covered later. Tragus piercing cost will, of course, vary from place to place. However, using a professional to perform the piercing may be a little more expensive initially, but it will be worth it in the long run. You should perhaps expect to pay a little under $50 for a tragus piercing but that can only be an approximate figure and you may well be able to find someone reputable to do it for less.

How Much Does a Tragus Piercing Hurt ?

The big question, and probably more than cost, this is the deciding factor for many people

The good news is that a tragus piercing should cause you no more discomfort than any other piercing. Of course, there will be a certain amount of pain; after all, a needle is being stuck into your body. Any pain though should be very short lived and bearable.

There will be some soreness after it has been done but this should subside within a week or so. You may find that you are unable to sleep on that side in the meantime but that should be expected. Full healing however, can take much longer, possibly around two months, so you will need to be patient.

Tragus Piercing Aftercare

Once you have had your tragus pierced, your responsibility to take care of it continues. You should ensure that you clean it daily, and possibly three times a day if possible. You can use a simple saline solution and cotton wool to do this. Remember to move the jewelry a little to prevent it sealing around it. Remember too, to ensure that your hands are clean and hygienic before touching your tragus piercing; otherwise you may find it becomes infected.

Common sense, of course, should dictate that you don’t put undue stress on the tragus piercing by wearing headphones or ear muffs for example. Leave it as exposed and untouched as possible during the healing period. It is also advisable to avoid swimming until the piercing is fully healed.

What Are The Risks of Tragus Piercing Infections?

Any injury to the body increases the risk of infection to that area, and although self inflicted, a piercing is an injury. Because of this, the risk of a tragus piercing infection is increased. It is for this reason that good hygiene is necessary. It goes without saying that keeping the tragus piercing clean is essential and this should avoid most of the risks of infection. If you do get an infection however, it is important to see your doctor as soon as you can.

What is the Best Tragus Piercing Jewelry ?

There is a wide range of tragus jewelry available and you really can select the style that suits you best. The main styles available are stud, ring, barbell or the plain old earring. These can be made from a wide range of materials and your decision may be based on cost as well as design preference.

Hopefully the above information has helped you to decide whether to have a tragus piercing or not. Above all though, enjoy it and make sure that you use a professional piercer to do your tragus piercing otherwise you may regret it.


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