I always had just 2 piercings, the standard earlobe ones.
Then I decided to get another one. I was thinking of getting a second lobe, but I saw a picture of Riri’s piercings and I loved her tragus piercing.
I got one on my left tragus and I personally think I made a lot of mistakes, mostly due to lack of information.
Tragus piercings are particularly different because the tragus is made of cartilage. I wrote this post to share my experience, especially Dos and Donts when dealing with this.
I hope it helps!
2. DOES IT HURT? This is the most commonly question I get about this piercing.
It really depends on the thickness of your tragus and the experience of the piercer. Also, some people have really soft traguses while others don’t.
My tragus was quite thick, so it wasn’t the least painful process. You could apply lidocaine gel 3-5 minutes before to numb the area.
3. After the piercing, do not touch the tragus for about 1 week or change the earring for about 4-6 weeks.
You can apply shea butter or saline solution to it twice a day to prevent the earring in it from getting stuck.
When you play with it or remove the earring often(in the early stages), it inflames/irritates that area and can cause infection.
That was exactly what happened to me.
4. I used an antibiotic ointment for a period of time and it resolved. Please see a doctor if this ever happens to you.
5. At this point, I was just really tired. So I left the earring in it(it was Swollen at this point) and kept applying the ointment. Keeping the earring in place creates a path for the discharge instead of sealing it in and causing further complications.
I stopped fiddling with it and after some months, my tragus was back to its normal thickness. Normal healing time is about 2-4 months.
6. Always wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before changing your earring.
7. Tragus piercings close quite easily, it’s best to leave the earring inside most of the time.
8. Don’t be discouraged. If you want, do it.
I still think it is the most beautiful ear piercing. Plus I’m the only one I know who has had this experience with it.
Consult a doctor if you notice redness, soreness, continued bleeding, yellow or green discharge or a foul smell coming out of the pierced area.
Have you had your tragus pierced? What was your experience like?? If you haven’t, what questions would you like to ask???
I’m not a piercing specialist, but I’d love to discuss with you…Leave all your comments/ questions below!!
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