Ridge of cartilage, covering ear canal
Pierced With: Labret. Once Healed: Labret, BCR, Circular Barbell, Straight Barbell
3-9 Months
Age Limit:
16 with ID / 13 with Parents
£35.00 - £40.00
Escala de dolor:
The tragus is located on the ridge of cartilage over the ear canal, or as some like to think of it the nub that holds your headphones in place. Find our tragus piercing advice and jewellery tips by clicking below.
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Tragus Piercing Procedure

Decided on getting your tragus piercing? Use our store locator to find your local Blue Banana Studio. There’s no need to book an appointment; you can simply go to the store of your choice and be pierced on the day.

Please ensure that you have checked the ear piercing age restriction before coming to the store. In a Blue Banana studio, the tragus piercing age restriction is 16 (ID may be required) or 13 with parental consent from a parent or guardian who is present.

Once you’re all booked in, you will have some forms to fill out. A member of Blue Banana staff will go through the steps and can help you pick out jewellery. Then the piercer will give you a quick consultation and briefing before discussing the piercing location.

The tragus piercing typically involves a sterilised gauge needle which your piercer will pass through the cartilage, inserting the jewellery in the process. The piercing site is cleaned thoroughly and marked with a pen first so you can check that you are happy with the location. The piercer may ask you to lie on your side for the tragus piercing. They will also put a cork or plug in your ear to protect your ear canal.

Tragus Aftercare Advice

The tragus piercing typically takes 3-9 months to fully heal due to it being a cartilage piercing.

During the healing process, there are some activities you will want to avoid such as sleeping on your new piercing and swimming. Knocking or putting pressure on a cartilage piercing can cause the angle to change and the healing process to take longer so be sure to take extra care not to catch your new piercing jewellery and to keep up with your aftercare.

Clean your tragus piercing twice a day with salt water solution or Tea Tree Oil by gently bathing it using cotton wool.

While it is important to ensure your general ear hygiene is first rate, it is also advisable to avoid using soap on your new piercing so be sure to take extra care while washing your ears and removing ear wax.

If you would like further information, make sure to read our full Piercing Aftercare Guides to learn about side effects to look out for.

Choosing Tragus Piercing Jewellery

There’s plenty of options when it comes to tragus piercing jewellery from Blue Banana. Some popular styles include:

  • Tragus Piercing Stud
  • Tragus Piercing Ring
  • Tragus Piercing Jewellery

Your tragus piercing will most likely be done with a tragus bar as this reduces the risk of the jewellery catching during the healing process. It is vital for the healing process that you remain patient and don’t change your jewellery until your piercer has advised you to do so.

When choosing your piercing jewellery there are a few things you should consider:

  • Jewellery Size – everyone’s ears are different sizes, so make sure to pick jewellery that sits just right in your ear.  If you are wearing a ring in your ear you will want to make sure it fits snugly. Make sure you also find out what gauge (thickness of jewellery) you have been pierced with.
  • Jewellery Material – piercing materials differ not only through their look but also how they could react to your skin. Titanium jewellery is a popular choice due to the hypoallergenic and non-corrosive qualities.

We generally recommend that for new piercings you choose jewellery with a wider diameter or length. This can allow for extra room in case of any swelling. Make sure to check out the tips from our piercing guides for information about changing and removing piercing jewellery.

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Please Note: Blue Banana piercing information is based on knowledge from our experiences as one of the UK's top piercing studios. All details provided should be read alongside professional advice. Please see our full Piercing Articles Disclaimer, here.