All You Need to Know About Tragus Piercings

Piercing is a technique that has been performed by people since five thousand years.  Adorning ears with dainty jewelry pieces are a way of self-expression. Piercing improves the aesthetic appeal of a person. Tragus form of piercing is one of the techniques of piercing that have been generally popular among youth. Before you get it done, it is required to get all the information about it.

What is a tragus piercing?

Tragus piercing is done in the cartilage on the side of the face that properly covers the ear canal. This form of piercing extends from the cheek and then covers and safeguards the ear canal.

How much pain can you feel with a tragus piercing?

Unfortunately, tragus form of piercing hurts you a lot. It is also the most painful form of ear piercing. This piercing does not hurt more as compared to any other type of cartilage piercing. This is because it is done on the thickest areas of the ear. However, this painful sensation only lasts for a maximum of two seconds and it vanishes later.

Is there any risk involved in performing this procedure?

Yes, like any other piercing procedure, there are a few risks involved when you perform a piercing procedure. However, the possibility of these risks is relatively low. The low supply of blood to any region makes piercing more susceptible to infection, it can even lead to poor scarring too.

Some of the commonest forms of risks that are caused by this tragus form of piercing are hypertrophic scarring in which a bump gets formed around the jewelry, as well as keloids, that are raised scars. Getting a stud in place of a hoop can help in preventing the discomfort. Not just it will assist in quick and easier healing, but also leaves you with a subtle sparkle.

How much time does one require to heal tragus form of piercing?

Like any other type of cartilage piercing, the tragus nearly takes around 3 to 6 months of time to heal. In the first 4 to 8 weeks after getting operated, you should not use earphones. Only when the area gets fully healed, you can use it.

In the initial 2 to 3 weeks, do not sleep on the side of the operated region to avoid friction on that region. To be on the safer side, you need to give at least one year for the piercing to heal or before changing or taking out the jewelry. Try to leave it alone. You need to be careful with it. Don’t touch it as it can cause infection.  

What is the right way to clean the operated area?

You need to be very careful at the time of cleaning. It is advisable to use an unscented soap and water. Put soap in the hand and gently massage it onto the jewelry. Move your hands around the area where jewelry is located, and not around the soap.


Learning about tragus form of piercing, its procedure and best aftercare would get you the best results from it.