If you’re a fan of body modification, you may want to consider getting your tragus pierced. It’s a simple enough procedure, but it’s also a very obvious place that you should consider a piercing if body modification is really your thing.
Before you make a final decision, however, consider the following information.
What Does Tragus Piercing Procedure Look Like?
The tragus itself is the little flap of skin that juts out right in front of the ear canal. It sort of shoots backwards, away from the face.
You have a number of options for getting it pierced. You can choose from a simple loop, a stud or countless other options as well.
How Much Pain Can One Expect?
Tragus piercings are said not to hurt that badly at all with some people even going so far as to say they hardly felt it in the least. However, keep in mind that everyone’s pain tolerance is different and yours will be no exception.
While there are definitely piercings that certainly hurt as hell, it’s unlikely yours will be one that is painful. For one thing, there aren’t many nerve endings in that area of your body, especially when opposed to other more popular locations.
Healing Time & Aftercare
While it might not hurt much, it’s still very important that you give it all the attention and care it needs after the procedure.
For 4 to 8 weeks after your procedure, you should be cleaning the area every single day. The variance in time is because some people’s bodies are better at healing than others while some may produce more or less oils through their skin.
You’ll want to clean it by soaking a cotton ball in disinfectant or a solution of saline and then applying it to your tragus piercing. Be sure that the solution is able to not only wash over it, but also get into and through the hole. This way you’ll know any possible infection gets wiped out.
Also, resist the temptation to touch the area with unclean hands. In the early days this can be especially difficult as you wish to show the masterpiece off, but again, it’s important you hold off.
How Much Does It Cost?
The price will depend on where you get it done (or by who) and the type of piercing you get put in there. For the most part, expect to pay between $40 and $50. If it’s much less than that, you should be somewhat suspicious.
These procedures aren’t terribly difficult to do, but if you don’t get them done right, any piercing can become a problem. You’ll also want to check with local laws if you’re a minor.
Best Sources for User Pictures
If you want to see what your masterpiece will look like in the end, simply go online and do a Google image search. You’ll get more results than you possibly could from any single website. You might also want to consider imputing the type of piercing you plan on getting as well. That way you can see how it will look in the end.
Infection, Risks & What Can Go Wrong
There are always risks involved in this procedure. This is just as true with getting your tragus pierced, but to a far lesser degree than other options. So long as you properly clean the area like we said, most risks will be covered.
However, they do have a tendency to get “rejected” and fall out. So you may want to be careful about how you sleep as a lot of tossing and turning can assist this process. Again, it’s also a very painless piercing due to the lack of nerve endings in the area, so there really isn’t much in the way of serious risks to worry about.
If you’re thinking about getting your tragus pierced, just be sure to have it done by a qualified professional who will first walk you through the process. Then make sure you stay on top of cleaning for the next 8 weeks or so until it’s completely heeled over.