Tragus Piercing: Everything You Need to Know

Tragus Piercing: Everything You Need to Know

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Should I Get A Tragus Piercing? 

The tragus isn’t a regular piercing, it’s a cool piercing. The cartilage piece has exploded in popularity recently for people who want to add some flare to their piercing lineup. Whether it’s a hoop or a stud, the tragus perfectly complements other ear piercings in an edgy and subtle way. 

Where is the tragus?

The tragus is a small piece of cartilage that sits just outside of the ear canal. The piercing typically goes right through to the other end and elevates the look of the ear. If you want something fun, but not quite feeling the industrial or rook piercings — the tragus might be for you. 

Does it hurt? 

That depends on who you are. Pain levels can vary from person to person, but for the most part, we’d say it’s about a three out of 10 on the pain scale. The area might be sore for a few days after the initial piercing, and sleeping on that side could be out of the question for the first few weeks.

Once you decide to get your tragus pierced, do your research on piercers in your area to go to a qualified professional. 

How much is it?

A tragus piercing can range from $25-$50. Some piercing shops might charge you extra for the jewelry used.  

What’s the healing process like?

Here’s the thing — cartilage piercings require patience. In the case of the tragus, the healing time could be anywhere from six to 12 months. During that time, it’s important to leave it alone and try to keep any germy earbuds away from it. We also suggest you take your phone calls on the other ear. 

In summary: don’t touch it. 

Aftercare can make or break the healing process. Cleaning your tragus piercing twice a day with saline solution will help move things along and keep your ear safe from infection. Nothing ruins your new piercing quite like a trip to urgent care. 

What type of jewelry can I wear?

The tragus can be adorned with a stud, barbell, or hoop — whatever look you’re into. Studs, however, are ideal for the initial piercing, unlike a hoop. When purchasing jewelry, it’s important to buy quality materials such as stainless steel, gold, and platinum. Cheaper materials can sometimes cause irritation and even infection.

Before you switch out your piercing, make sure it’s fully healed and that you clean the area. If there is any redness, swelling, or discharge, contact your piercer immediately. 

And lastly… Enjoy!

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