What do Scarlett Johnson, Lucy Hale and Rihanna have in common other than their celebrity status? You’ve guessed it right – they all have Tragus Piercing. You may have noticed a lot of people with this kind of piercing. As per BBC, it got popular after 2005.
So what is a Tragus Piercing? Let’s find out.
Tragus piercings are your way to show the world that you’re different. It is still not as popular as the ear or nose piercing and people use it to enhance their personalities in a creative way.
Tragus is a small, round and bumpy cartilage facing the ear canal. It is a triangle shaped cartilage and aear canal s is evident by the name, tragus piercing is called so because the tragus is pierced. Some people have a small tragus which makes it impossible to pierce and because the area is thick, there is a lot of tissue to perforate so it takes time and pressure to pierce it.
Does Piercing Tragus hurt?
Generally, it doesn’t hurt a lot as there are not many nerve endings around the tragus area. If you want your piercing to be done properly, don’t try it at home and don’t go to the cheapest place you can find. It is very important that you get it done professionally at a studio as a deformed or infected ear is not the outcome you are looking for. While you’re contemplating to get this piercing remember a simple fact that the Tragus of the ear supports earphones. Follow all the instructions of your piercer or it might make it too infected to perform that simple task.
Tragus pain is usually much less as compared to other kinds of piercings. If you had your nose or belly pierced before, you should be able to endure the pain. People usually feel a lot of pressure while the piercer is making the hole. Once it is done, jewelry is inserted inside. Before the process actually begins, the piercer makes you fill a form, explains the procedure and makes you choose jewelry.
Getting a Tragus Ear Piercing
Again, never try tragus piercing at home or you will end up spending a lot more on medications than what you expected to save. Nevertheless, how is tragus piercing done? The basic steps to tragus piercing have been explained below:
- Your piercer will make you lie on your back to get more stability as you won’t be able to move your head.
- He will clean the piercing surface
- The Piercing expert takes out a needle from the piercing kit and sterilizes it
- Next, he will insert a cork into your ear canal. This has many purposes – the cork keeps the Tragus in position, it doesn’t allow anything inside the canal and also catches the needle after it penetrates the tragus. Some piercers use a straight needle while others prefer a curved gauge.
- Now don’t get alarmed when the piercer applies pressure while making the perforation. The Tragus is quite thick and without some amount of pressure, it won’t get punctured. It will bleed and it is quite normal. Just follow all the instructions of the expert and you’ll be good to go.
There are earrings, barbells, studs and bead ring to choose from. Do a little research or ask the piercer to advice which tragus jewelry would be the best to start with. It is important to pick a comfortable jewelry as you have to wear it for the initial few weeks till your piercing heals. You can only change it after 6 weeks, so better pay attention or you’d be stuck with a jewelry you don’t like.
How long is the tragus piercing healing process?
The healing process can take about 6 months to a year and during this time, you should be extra careful about the piercing. Caring for it won’t just avoid infections, but also make it heal faster. Besides, you can only change your jewelry after it has healed.
Tragus Piercing Pain
Piercings in the Tragus like any other piercing has every possibility to get infected. Mainly, it is due to improper aftercare or getting it done by an inexperienced piercer. Pain and swelling are common for a few days. If the pain doesn’t subside then you should be worried.
Tragus Piercing Infection
The piercing bleeds after you get it done and it might even bleed after an hour. But if you find redness or soreness around the pierced area, you should immediately call your doctor or the piercer.
In some cases, a yellow or green liquid gets discharged which has a bad smell. People usually panic when they observe it and remove the jewelry. However, it is not a recommended solution to the problem because when you take the jewelry out, the hole closes up and the infection gets trapped inside leading to more problems.
If you suspect you have an infection, call your doctor and ask him what to do. He might prescribe you an antibiotic cream and ask you to clean the area with salt water. You still need to take precautions while dealing with the piercing and make sure you use clean hands only.
Tragus Piercing Care To Avoid Complications
Aftercare for all the piercings is more or less the same. Some of the important aftercare tips would include:
- Tragus piercing cleaning. The first step towards happy healing is cleaning the tragus at least twice a day with saline water solution, using cotton. Make sure you clean the area behind and around the Tragus too. Rotate the jewelry very softly while cleaning it, but refrain from touching it with dirty hands or letting anyone else feel it.
- Infections: A major problem in tragus piercing is that it catches infection quickly if it comes in contact with germs or bacteria. Therefore, don’t touch it or play with it no matter how much you feel like.
- Sleeping Habits: Moreover, you should take precautions to protect the pierced area – avoid turtlenecks, sleep on the other ear side and answer mobile phones from the other ear. Any injury to the piercing can displace the jewelry or lead to migration.
- Tragus Jewelry Rejection. Your body might even reject it, the jewelry gets pushed out in such an instance. So be sure that you consult your piercer and get the appropriate jewelry after the piercing is done.
- Change pillow covers every day. Wash your hands, preferably with antibacterial soap before changing the jewelry and don’t let anyone whisper or kiss your pierced ear.
Tragus Piercing Images
Some Interesting Facts
- Usually, the price for tragus piercing is around $50. However, make sure you go to an experienced professional and not consider cheaper options.
- People experience a popping sound when the needle penetrates the Tragus. Don’t worry about it as this is the sound of the needle entering the skin and since the eardrum is so close, it sounds loud.
- Ear cartilage takes some time to heal, Tragus, on top of it, supports earphones and other devices and the piercing will get in the way of the phone too. The best thing to do is to avoid contact with the pierced ear with phones and other ear devices while your Tragus is healing or it will contract germs and get infected.
- It can take about 6 months to heal though it can take more time too. Change your tragus jewelry once your piercing is 6 weeks old. Start with a simple gauge as barbell ball gets in contact with the ear devices and might hurt you.
- Sleep on the other side to prevent any harm to your piercing. It won’t heal properly if it’s subjected to a lot of contacts.
- Say no to swimming as the pool water has chlorine which can cause an infection.
Celebrities with Pierced Tragus
The fact that tragus piercing is quite an easy process and convenient to hide if required, makes it a huge hit among girls as well as boys. It was in 2005 tragus piercing entered the world of pop culture and since then people have come up with varieties of tragus jewelry. Celebrities like Scarlett Johansson were seen wearing tragus jewelry in posters for the highly awaited film known as ‘Scoop’. Girls from around the world went so crazy after seeing the poster that this style of body piercing soon became a huge hit.
At that time belly button piercing (sported by Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears) was the latest trend, however, the introduction of the tragus piercing immediately made it immensely popular. Since then the popularity of this type of body piercing along with the inception of new tragus jewelry has significantly increased. From something rare, this piercing became the common trend. Apart from Scarlett Johansson, there are some other well-known celebrities, who have sported tragus jewelry like Rihanna, Pink, Shenae Grimes and Lucy Hale. These celebrities have inspired millions of people around the world with their tragus piercings.
Choosing the Best Jewelry for Tragus Piercing
People who want to have their tragus pierced must have a clear idea of the type of jewelry they want. There are different types of earrings for tragus like labrets, barbells, bars, etc. Selecting the right jewelry generally, depends on the piercing size.
It is important to measure the diameter from inside and for people choosing barbells, the distance between two balls is required to be known. In case the piercing is too small then it is always better to choose micro jewelry. Another important factor to be considered while choosing tragus jewelry is piercing movement. People who have a fascination of changing their jewelry quite often, the Teflon jewelry is perfect. The advantage with Teflon jewelry is that it is flexible and does not hinder the movement. For those who have sensitive skin stainless steel, titanium, gold or silver jewelry reduces chances of infection to a great extent. It is better to have a jewelry with internal threads instead of external ones as they help in reducing irritation caused by piercing.
Different Varieties of Tragus Ear Piercing Jewelry
Captive Bead Rings – Captive Bead Rings alias CBR are popularly called ball closure rings. These types of earrings are attached to a connection of beads. These pieces of jewelry range from simple and straight designs to ones looking like expensive jewelry. Different styles and sizes of CBR’s are available and one can even opt for customized CBR’s. The small CBR’s are difficult to open and a tool known as ring opener is used to open them.
Tragus Studs – Studs have been used by people for a long time even on traditional ear piercings. These types of sophisticated tragus jewelry add a lot of elegance and style to the person flaunting it. Apart from providing a funky look, studs can provide a professional look as well. The best part about studs is that the ear canal remains free making it easier for people to use earplugs and headphones.
Rings – The rings are definitely the popular choice of the majority of people sporting tragus piercings. There are different varieties of rings like beaded, smooth segmented and circular barbells rings. The most common are the beaded rings as they are sported by both the genders.
Microdermals – Unlike traditional tragus jewelry, micro dermal are small implants. The main benefit with these earrings is that they can be implanted on every body part. The piercing can be mistaken for a body part and consists of a bar at the bottom. The curved bar is available in the shape of an ‘L’.
Labret Studs – The bottom part of labret studs consist of flat discs along with straight shaft. The jewelry can be chosen by the person and the labret studs ends are available in different styles like a bead, charm, spike, etc. The flat structure of labret studs helps in avoiding rubbing of the skin.
Barbells – With beads attached to both sides, these metal tragus bars have definitely emerged as a popular choice among the younger generation. Introduced by Jim Ward in the 70’s, barbells come in different styles and shapes. Straight barbells have straight shafts whereas curved barbells appear more like half circles. The tragus piercings that are vertical in nature are ideal for curved barbells as it goes right from the top to the bottom. The barbells are quite common among people who want to show off their wild side to the world. Apart from proving a funky look, these pieces of jewelry are skin-friendly as well.
Tragus Piercing Cost
The cost of tragus piercing depends on different factors like location of the parlor, choice of jewelry, etc. Generally, the cost is less in small towns than bigger cities and an experienced piercer may charge something around $35 – $50. The tragus jewelry price depends on the metal type gold, platinum or silver jewelry.