The trend for tragus piercings is incredibly popular right now, with celebrities like Rihanna, Pink and Scarlett Johanssen leading the way. It is just one of the many popular ear piercing sites, and although many people have had it done, very few actually know the name of the area. The tragus is the peninsula of cartilage that lies directly in front of the ear canal: this is the part of the ear that helps us keep earphones in, as an example. For tragus piercings, jewellery is inserted through this nub of cartilage. There are a few different types of earrings that can be placed in tragus piercings, including studs and barbells.
The procedure for tragus piercings differs from most other ear piercings. Because the tragus is mainly thick cartilage, when it is pierced one should lie on his or her back to allow for the added pressure that is needed. A cork is placed inside the outer ear canal to prevent the needle from damaging the ear then a straight or curved hollow needle is pushed through to create the necessary hole. After the incision had been made, jewellery is inserted into tragus piercings and it should be left in until completely healed.
As a rule, tragus piercings essentially hurt as much as any other piercing if they are done properly; although naturally this will vary depending on people’s pain tolerance level. Initially, it will be sore for around three to five days after it is pierced, but because it is an area composed mostly of cartilage and lacking many nerves and blood vessels, the pain in a tragus piercing is usually dull and does not last long.
However, tragus piercings will take longer to heal completely, usually between two and four months. To be safe, wait at least two months before changing your jewellery but always consult a professional beforehand if you are not sure. Because of the fairly high chance of infection, you should never do this at home, no matter how much money you think you can save.
Infection rates are higher with this piercing because hair can get caught and hair products may get inside the area. To prevent this, wear your hair up if possible and clean it thoroughly several times a day. To do this, take a cotton swab or cotton ball soaked in saline solution and gently cleanse the area. With proper care, tragus piercings should heal with no problems at all.
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