How to Get a Tragus Piercing

A tragus is a small part of the ear located just beneath the earlobe. This area can be pierced as an individual piercing or in combination with multiple lobe and/or cartilage piercings. Notable celebrities who have donned this piercing include Lucy Hale and Scarlett Johansson.

The tragus can be an especially risky piercing location due to its close proximity to other body parts, making it particularly vulnerable to bumps, infections and rejection. Nonetheless, with proper care after the procedure is completed, most piercings should heal quickly and securely.

According to Arash Akhavan, founder of Dermatology and Laser Group in New York City, getting a tragus piercing is generally low risk when done by an experienced piercer. “Tragus piercings can be difficult to clean so using sterile saline spray for cleaning them is recommended,” Akhavan states.

On average, it takes three months for a tragus piercing to heal completely; however, some may take longer. It is essential that you follow your piercer’s advice regarding aftercare for your piercing and avoid activities which cause irritation or rub on the affected area.

In such cases, the piercing may become more sensitive to pain and take longer to heal. If you’re concerned about how painful a piercing might be, consult your piercer before getting one done.

At the time of piercing, your piercer should put on protective gloves and apply a steroid spray to reduce swelling and expedite healing. Furthermore, they should clean the needle after each use in order to prevent bacteria from building up in the wound and leading to an infection.

Once the piercer has taken away the steroid spray, they’ll use a sterile needle to puncture your tragus in order to insert jewelry into the wound.

When having your tragus pierced, it’s essential to communicate any worries or queries with the piercer. They should be more than happy to address them and ensure you feel at ease throughout the process.

Next, the piercer will prepare everything for your piercing. They may ask you to take a deep breath in and out – this should help relieve pressure on your tragus as the needle goes through it.

They’ll then insert a sterile needle into your tragus, using forceps to keep it steady while they guide it through. When they’re satisfied with how well-placed the needle is, they’ll show you in the mirror to confirm that you are satisfied with its placement.

Some piercers will give you a steroid shot prior to beginning the procedure, which helps minimize discomfort. They may also provide pain medication if necessary or cold compresses for swelling reduction.

Maintain the cleanliness of your tragus to avoid any potential complications from developing. The most effective way to do this is by regularly washing it with water and sterile saline solution. Professional body piercers recommend Nielmed, H2Ocean or Sterile Saline Wound Wash as effective ways to cleanse and reduce the risk of an infection.