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TRAGUS PIERCING FULL GUIDE

The tragus piercing is a type of ear piercing that passes through the tragus, a small, thick section of cartilage that sits at the front of the ear canal, right near the side of the face.

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Tragus Piercing Location

TRAGUS PIERCING PLACEMENT

The tragus is the small, thick piece of cartilage that protrudes over the ear canal, right at the front of the ear, adjacent to the side of the face.

The piercing typically goes through the central part of the tragus. However, the exact spot can vary slightly based on individual ear anatomy and personal preference.

Not everyone's tragus is suitable for piercing. The size and shape of the tragus vary greatly from person to person. A professional piercer can determine if your tragus can accommodate a piercing.

Tragus piercings are somewhat subtle but still noticeable when the ear is viewed from the front. They offer a unique way to adorn the ear without being as conspicuous as other ear piercings.

Tragus Piercing Pain Level

TRAGUS PIERCING PAIN LEVEL

Pain Level of Tragus Piercing: (4/10)
The pain of a tragus piercing is generally considered mild to moderate. Due to the density of the cartilage in this area of the ear, tragus piercing is among the least painful piercings.

How can I reduce the pain experienced during my tragus piercing?
There are solutions to minimize pain during tragus 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 tragus piercing, discover our Guide on Ear Piercing Pain Levels.

Piercing Needle

TRAGUS PIERCING PROCEDURE

  • The piercer will sterilize the area of the tragus as well as the equipment that will be used for the piercing.
  • The exact spot where the piercing will be made is marked on the tragus for precision.
  • The piercer will use a sterilized, hollow needle for the piercing. A needle is preferred over a piercing gun, especially for cartilage piercings, as it is more precise and causes less trauma to the tissue. It is important to note that pain levels can vary significantly from one person to another.
  • The needle is carefully pushed through the marked spot on the tragus, followed by the insertion of the tragus jewelry.
Piercing Cleaning

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS FOR TRAGUS PIERCING

  • Clean your tragus piercing twice a day with a sterile saline solution on a sterile gauze as a gentle compress – once in the morning and once before bed.
  • Soak a clean piece of sterile gauze in the saline solution and gently press it against your tragus piercing. Hold it there for a few minutes to soften any crusted discharge.
  • Use a fresh piece of soaked gauze to gently wipe around the piercing to remove any loosened discharge. Avoid rotating or moving the jewelry.
  • After cleaning, carefully dab the area dry with a clean paper towel or fresh gauze to remove excess moisture. It's important to keep the piercing dry, as moisture can promote bacterial growth.
Tragus Piercing Healing Time

HEALING TIME & PROCESS FOR TRAGUS PIERCING

Initial Healing Period : This is usually the first 6-8 weeks after getting pierced. During this time, it's common to experience some redness, swelling, and tenderness around the piercing site. Proper care during this period is crucial to prevent infection and promote healing.

Intermediate Healing Phase : This phase can last anywhere from 3 to 6 months. The swelling and redness should decrease, but the piercing is still healing internally. It's important to continue with aftercare routines.

A tragus piercing can take anywhere from 6 months to a full year to completely heal. Everyone's body is different, and factors like personal health, aftercare, and the body's response to the piercing can affect the healing time.

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