Tragus and anti-tragus piercings are becoming more and more popular; in fact, tragus piercings are now one of the most common ear piercings. Ear piercings are the most familiar form of body piercing and the tragus and anti-tragus are fresh expressions of worldly earlobe piercings.
The tragus is a small, thick piece of cartilage that protrudes from the ear canal. To understand the exact location of the tragus, place a finger on the outer corner of the eye. From this point, trace your finger back, in a straight line, until it touches your ear. The first part of the ear you will feel is the tragus. You should be able to grab this little bump between your fingers; This is where the piercing will go through.
There are all kinds of misconceptions about drinking. Some people may try to tell you that piercing your tragus will affect your balance, that is simply not true. Your balance is affected by the fluids in your eardrums, which are deep in your ears and away from any pierceable surface. The drink has nothing to do with your balance, so don’t be fooled by uneducated people who might try to tell you otherwise. In fact, the sole purpose of a tragus is to hold your headphones (like standard iPod headphones) securely in your ears; And once pierced, there are thousands of earbuds to choose from that won’t irritate your piercing. Honestly, the drink has nothing to do with your hearing, your hearing, or your balance. It’s just a cartilage flap, maybe if humans developed sonar and echo localization, the tragus would be helpful (super-developed tragus helps bats use sonar, for example), but sadly, in our species, it is just a surface that begs to be drilled. !
Piercing the tragus with a captive bead ring is recommended, but one bar will suffice. The reason rings are almost always preferred for initial piercing over rods is because rings tend to heal faster, better, and more safely. Once cured, you can use any type of jewelry, even the typical jewelry normally reserved for the earlobes. Your piercer will help you choose which gauge is right for you (and by the way, expanding the tragus is not unheard of, but rare), mark the location on your ear, and push the needle through. Some piercers can put a cork behind the tragus to “catch” the needle, some piercers only use tweezers to help the needle pass, and others only use their hands. Each piercer is different, so you will pierce based on your style. Tweezers are the most common method, and many people report that skin-securing tweezers hurt more than piercing. Tragus piercing should be painless, there are not many nerves there, but some people feel mild and temporary pain. Because it’s so close to the ear, some people even say they hear a little “pop!” sound when needle pushes. If you hear a little noise, there is nothing to worry about. Once the needle is in, the jewelry is slid into place and secured, and voila! The whole process, from preparation to finish, shouldn’t take more than five minutes.
It takes a while for the drink to heal, sometimes up to a year to heal completely and completely. Many people irritate their new piercing by holding their dirty cell phones close to their ear or sleeping on the ear with the piercing. I suggest NOT doing any of these for at least the first six months. If your piercing becomes infected (and it shouldn’t with proper aftercare), soak it in warm salt water, do not touch it with your hands, and perhaps (with a cotton swab) rub some diluted tea tree oil around the piercing. . Never use rubbing alcohol of any kind, as this will irritate and scar your piercing. However, your piercer will give you a full rundown of what to expect and how to handle your new piercing, so heed their advice.
The Anti-Tragus is very similar to the tragus. It is pierced in the same way, the aftercare is the same, and the healing time is also the same. To locate your antitragus, place a finger on the earlobe (usually where someone’s first ear piercing would be) and with your finger, draw a straight line upward. The cartilage flap before the void is your antitragus. Its tragus and antitragus are located very close to each other, and the antitragus is right in front of the tragus. Like the other piercing, this piercing does not affect your hearing or balance. Antitragus is rarer than tragus, mainly because many people don’t think they can pierce this area, but it can be pierced and looks great when healed. Curved bars and captive rings are most often used in these piercings.
If you are considering an anti-tragus or tragus piercing, be sure to use a licensed professional. Once fully healed, how you trim or decorate the piercing is completely up to you, and the jewelry possibilities are endless!