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Published on: 24 Jul 2017 by cjenkins
Tragus piercing is becoming a favorite among people who are adventurous or who want to make them unique and distinguishable from others. What is a tragus? The “tragus” is referred to as the oval small cartilage flap which is located right outside the ear canal. It is that little triangle shaped bit of cartilage connected to your face that helps collect sound from behind you.
How The Tragus Is Pierced
Piercings made to this portion of the ear are known as Tragus Piercings. Tragus Piercings look cool and edgy with all sorts of jewelry in it. You can opt to wear a ring but the popular choices are small barbells and tiny circular rings.
Tragus piercing is a bit different from common piercings since the area being pierced is a cartilage. Therefore, there is added pressure when doing it since the area is made of a harder tissue. A needle is also used when piercing the tragus instead of the usual gun. It is advised that such procedure should NOT be done at home since hasty and unsupervised procedures can lead to irritations.
Upon entering the procedure room, the person will have to lie down, either upside down or straight on the back. A cork is placed within the canal in order to prevent any damage to the ear. Before starting with the actual piercing, the area will be cleaned thoroughly to avoid any infections. With a curved or straight hollow needle, the tragus is pierced with some pressure.
Bleeding is normal so do not worry when you see a little blood during the procedure. In other cases, a pop is heard during the piercing because as said above, it is a cartilage that’s being pierced. After piercing, a jewelry of your choice is inserted into the area. Tragus piercing’s cost, like most piercings, depends on the person doing the piercing and the type of jewelry that will be inserted to the area. Tragus piercings prices in the United States range from $30 up to about $50. In Europe average cost of the tragus piercing procedure is around €30 to €40.
Pain Levels & The Healing Process
The tragus doesn’t have many nerves in it; thus, compared to other piercings, it’s not very painful. Still, it depends on the person and his tolerance to pain. After the procedure, you’ll more than likely have some swelling and soreness for around three to five days. The area will also be tender during that time.
Once the piercing is fully healed, you can opt to change your tragus hoops as often that you want. Just make sure that the piercing is in good condition– it shouldn’t be sore, weeping or crusty. Make sure the new jewelry is sterilized before you put it in and your hands should also be clean before changing it.
If you are not too keen with the idea of changing the jewelry yourself, a professional piercer can do it for you. If you opt to have no jewelry in the piercing, be mindful that the opening will close over time.