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ANTITRAGUS PIERCING FULL GUIDE

Antitragus piercing is a type of ear piercing that involves the insertion of jewelry through the antitragus, a small protrusion of cartilage located opposite the tragus on the outer ear.
This piercing has gained popularity in recent years for its unique placement and the ability to create a striking and fashionable look.

Antitragus Piercing Location

ANTITRAGUS PIERCING PLACEMENT

The antitragus is the small, rounded prominence of cartilage located above the earlobe and opposite the tragus.The antitragus piercing involves creating a small hole in this area to accommodate the insertion of jewelry.

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ANTITRAGUS PIERCING PAIN LEVEL

Antitragus Piercing Pain Level: (6/10)
Due to the location and thickness of the cartilage, the Antitragus piercing causes noticeable pain. The peak of pain experienced lasts only a few seconds during the piercing.

How can I reduce the pain experienced during my antitragus piercing?
There are solutions to minimize pain during antitragus piercing, such as the use of lidocaine-based numbing cream (EMLA or generics).
This cream is available in pharmacies by prescription.
It is recommended to apply it between 30 minutes to 1 hour before piercing.

To learn more about reducing the pain of an Antitragus piercing, discover our Guide on Ear Piercing Pain Levels.

Piercing Needle

ANTITRAGUS PIERCING PROCEDURE

  • The area around the antitragus is cleaned with an antiseptic solution to minimize infection risk.
  • The piercer marks the exact spot for the piercing, ensuring it aligns with your anatomy and aesthetic preferences.
  • A sterilized, fine-gauge needle is used for the piercing. The piercer carefully pushes the needle through the cartilage, which can be slightly more painful than a lobe piercing due to the thickness of the cartilage. Its important to note that pain levels can vary significantly from one person to another.
  • Once the needle is through, the initial jewelry, typically a small barbell or hoop, is inserted.
Piercing Cleaning

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS FOR ANTITRAGUS PIERCING

  • Clean your piercing twice a day with a sterile saline solution on a sterile gauze as a gentle compress – once in the morning and once in the evening. Consistency is key to preventing infection and promoting healing.
  • Maintain regular cleaning of your piercing throughout its healing period, which may extend to several months, varying according to your individual healing process.
  • To prevent bacterial growth, it's essential to keep the pierced area dry. After cleaning, gently pat the area with sterile non-woven gauze or use a hairdryer on a cool setting to ensure thorough dryness.
Antitragus Piercing Healing Time

HEALING TIME & PROCESS FOR ANTITRAGUS PIERCING

The healing process : At frist, you'll likely experience around the hole of your antitragus piercing, some redness, swelling, and tenderness. A small amount of clear or slightly yellowish discharge is also normal.

The symptoms should gradually decrease. It's important to continue with your aftercare routine with patience.

The healing time for an antitragus piercing typically ranges from 9 to 12 months.

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