Piercing is the most common body modification people opt for. It has its own religious beliefs, however, people usually go for their preferred kind of piercing to make a fashion statement. There are different kinds of piercings depending on what suits a person. Some chose their ears, nose, belly, ankle, even their genitals. Piercing jewelry is readily available and offers a wide range of options hence, making it easier to choose the piercing location. 

Vertical Tragus Piercing Pictures
Vertical Tragus Piercing Pictures

What is Vertical Tragus Piercing/Sideburn Piercing?

Also termed as vertical tragus surface piercing, it a popular variation of tragus piercing done vertically on the edges of the tragus of the ear. However, in his case, piercing takes place in the small fold of cartilage and comes out from the same side, rather than the other side. Vertical tragus piercing would suit those who have a well-developed tragus. It is a type of Surface piercing hence also called as Surface tragus piercing.


It does hurt more than tragus piercing as two piercings done on the edges of the tragus. As different people have different levels of pain endurance, the pain does vary according to it.

Vertical Tragus Surface Piercing

Sideburn piercing

Vertical Tragus Piercing

Surface tragus piercing

Piercing Jewelry 

A Curved barbell is commonly used by those who go for this type of tragus piercing. Some piercers recommend Surface 45’’ and surface 90”. Due to the curve, not all kinds of jewelry are suitable and there is a chance of injury and infection if it is not selected properly.

Vertical Tragus Piercing Images

Sideburn piercing

Vertical Surface Tragus Piercing

Vertical tragus surface piercing

Healing Time 

Generally, with proper aftercare, it takes around 2 to 3 months for the piercing to completely heal.

stud piercing

Sideburn piercing pictures

Vertical tragus piercing


Vertical tragus piercing is prone to infections if one does not take proper precaution and care. There are certain basic things to keep in mind to avoid any mishap.

  • Clean the pierced area and the surroundings very cautiously and gently with saline water. You could also use warm water with some salt added to it.
  • Do clean your hands thoroughly before and after cleaning the pierced area.
  • Avoid going to the swimming pool at all.
  • Till it heals completely, do not sleep on the side of the pierced ear
  • Do not take calls from the pierced ear side.

Sideburns Piercings

Surface tragus piercing


It could cost you around $30-$50 if done by a professional piercer.

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