What is it a tragus piercing?

Tragus piercing its kind of  ear piercing.  A tragus piercing is the perforation of the tragus, which projects immediately in front of the ear canal to insert and wear a piece of jewelry.

Tragus piercing process

The hollow, low-gauge needle used for the piercing can be either straight or curved, depending on the piercer's preference. Tragus piercings are generally not very painful due to the tragus's small number of nerve endings, but the sound made may be uncomfortable due to its proximity to the eardrum. Most tragus piercings will take between 3 and 6 months to heal. However, some might take up to 12 months to heal fully. Click here for the quick video tutorial.



Things you need to know before getting a tragus piercing: 

1) If you are a nurse or music producer, this piercing may not be for you. The reason you can't is that you're always going to wear a stethoscope or earbuds/headphones, and that’ll rub against your piercing. You want to avoid contact with this part at all cost.

 2) Do not sleep on that side for a month

3) Initial jewelry for tragus is a flatback.

4) Make sure that the piercer has a license.

5) Stay hydrated. Drink a lot of water before you make the process.


Tragus jewelry

The great thing about a tragus piercing is that it's so popular that you have a wide variety of jewelry to choose from. Labret studs, barbells, and ball closure rings are quite common. You can, of course, find some very lovely custom jewelry as well.


How Much Does It Cost?

The price of a tragus piercing will depend on where you're getting it done, less for reasons that have to do with the act of piercing than for the piece of jewelry. The cost of tragus piercings typically falls within a range of $30 to $40. You can buy the different variations of our pretty jewelry here.

Aftercare & Healing 

There are a few things you can do to help strengthen your body for the healing process. They are all quite simple and are really just part of living a healthy lifestyle overall. To start with, eat a well-balanced diet and take a multivitamin. Just leave the vitamin bottle out by the bathroom sink or where you store your toothbrush, and it will quickly become part of your morning routine. Also, try and get yourself on a sleep schedule. When you sleep, your body recharges and actively heals, so it's quite important to get good sleep. If you're used to partying like a rock star, it may be time to chill out for at least a few weeks and give your body some good rest. Healing time for a tragus piercing varies by the individual. Overall, 2-6 months is average, but some people do report it taking a year or more.


Things To Avoid 

While your body is in the healing stages, you should avoid doing some things as it can increase your healing time and increase your risk of infection.

  • Don't play with your jewelry. It is very important, especially at the start of the healing process, to NOT play with your jewelry.
  • Do not use rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Bactine, Beta Dyne, Iodine, Hibiclens, Bacitracin, Mycitracine, Neosporin, or lotions. These products damage the tissue and/or slow the healing process.
  • Use any ear care solutions such as Bactine or any product containing benzalkonium chloride. These chemicals can irritate your wound.
  • Over clean: Going overboard cleaning can not only irritate your wound but cause it to take longer to heal. A cartilage piercing already takes a considerable amount of time to recover, and you do not want to prolong it.
  • Be sure to avoid anything touching the area. This can include earbuds, cell phones, and your dirty little fingers!
  • Avoid all oral contact, not letting your significant other anywhere near your ear. Bodily fluids during your healing process can cause infection.
  • Avoid stressful situations as much as possible.
  • No smoking, excessive caffeine or alcohol.
  • No swimming or hot tubing. If you decide to ignore this advice, please be responsible and hit a local Walgreens or local drug store and pick up a box of Nexcare Waterproof Bandages.
  • Avoid any hairspray, gels, lotions, or any beauty products.
  • Do not remove any crusty build-up with your fingers or anything else. You may end up getting some of this crust inside the wound and causing an infection.


Does a tragus piercing hurt? 

Ahh the most popular question of them all is, does it hurt? Well, each of us is different when it comes down to how our bodies deal with pain. Some people have a very high threshold for pain, while others have a very low threshold. If you have ever had any other body piercing or injury, for that matter, you should have an idea of your threshold. That being said, cartilage piercings in general, for most people, are on the lower end of the pain scale. Most people find that they have more discomfort from the slotted forceps than anything.


Tragus Piercing Risks 

One of the most frequent problems people encounter with tragus piercing is catching their jewelry on clothing. The most common occurrence of this is when you pull a t-shirt over your head. If possible, it's best to wear button-up shirts for a while after getting your piercing done. But if you're going to wear a t-shirt, be sure to pay extra special attention when you are lifting it or pulling it down over your head. When a shirt gets caught on your jewelry, it can irritate the wound. This will cause some pain and may eventually lead to an infection.

Be careful when cleaning your ears with a Q-tip. The Q-tip can get caught on the end of the stud, causing irritation and pain, which can lead to an infection. Therefore, it's is very important to be careful anytime you insert something into your ear while you are in the healing process.

Another complication arises when a piercing technician uses a stud that is too small. When your tragus swells up, it will envelop the back of the stud. This is quite painful and can be very difficult to get out. In addition, this can lead to having to cut the jewelry out with a scalpel. This will not be a pleasant experience.

Cartilage piercings such as the tragus, helix, rook or conch are prone to Hypertrophic Scarring, which is an over development of scar tissue that forms around your piercing. If you run into this issue, you can try the Chamomile Tea Treatment. It's quite easy and inexpensive.


  • Go to any grocery or health food store and pick up a pack of Chamomile Teabags.
  • Steep 1 tea bag in boiling water.
  • When the boiled water changes color, pull out the tea bag and let it stand above the cup.
  • Let the tea bag cool down to a hot but comfortable temperature (as hot as possible without burning).
  • Place the entire tea bag directly on top of the scar tissue.
  • Hold it there for 10 minutes.
  • Repeat this entire process 2 to 3 times a day, with a fresh tea bag each time, for as long as recommended by your piercer. It is important to treat your piercing for the entire length of time recommended – some piercings may look fully healed when they are not.


Mitigation And Rejection 

Mitigation is the process in which a body piercing will begin to move, which eventually leads to your body rejecting your jewelry. The chance of a tragus piercing rejecting is fairly low.


Should I pierce myself? 

This is one of the most popular questions we receive when it comes to anybody piercing. The answer to this is always no.  With the tragus though, you don't want to risk doing it yourself, and here is why. Go ahead and grab your tragus with your first finger and thumb and squeeze hard. You can feel for yourself just how tough that ear cartilage is. Think for a moment how much pressure it would take to push a needle through this hard cartilage. It would be straightforward to slip, which could cause you to injure yourself. A trip to the doctor's office is much more costly than the cost of using a professional.