(last edited August 27, 2011)

Tragus Piercing

When you say tragus piercing, it is the process of having a hole at an ear which aims to place an earing or a jewelry to it. The tragus is actually located in front of the ear canal. The actual piercing is done with a small piercing needle and then the earring or the jewelry is also small enough then inserted in the hole. Another common to this kind of piercing is also called the Antitragus piercing.

Tragus Piercing

Two piercing needles can either be chosen from, it can either be a straight or a curved depending on the user's preference. Due to the fact that the amount of nerve endings in the tragus are small, the piercing itself is not the very painful.

Body piercers recommend about 12-18 weeks before changing the earring as it has a high risk of getting infected due to long hair getting caught around the earring, any hair product residue, or improper cleaning. Also, swelling of the tissue can cause the earring to get caught in the skin possibly resulting in hospital surgery and removal of the tragus if the earring is replaced too early.

The popularity of tragus piercing began to increase around 2005, according to the BBC.



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Edited August 27, 2011 (diff)