Getting your tragus pierced

I’ve had my tragus pierced since I was 19 (so roughly 11 years ago now), and I still have people ask questions about it. Especially this time of year when I wear my hair up or pulled back so my ears are showing!

They’ll ask when I got it done and where, whether it hurt and how to take care of it., so I thought I’d talk about my experience and give a little insight into getting your tragus pierced.

A little piercing history

As soon as I left school (when I was 16) I got my helix pierced. It was something I’d always wanted to do but my school were very strict on body piercings, so I left it until after our leavers ball. There wasn’t any pain, but sadly it didn’t heal properly. πŸ™

After that initial piercing I wanted to learn more about the different piercings you could get, and my mum’s friend bought me a book on body piercing.

My initial reaction was to get my belly button pierced as that was the piercing everyone seemed to be getting at the time (~2009). But I wasn’t comfortable with my midriff and wanted something visible. So I chose my tragus which is the area located in front of your ear canal, right above you ear lobe (see below).

Left Ear Piercings
My left ear piercings

My mum’s friend recommended The Trinket Box in Swindon where she’d had all her ear piercings done and I popped down there with her the followimg weekend. Along with my mum my sister.

The staff there were very friendly and knowledgeable, which put me right at ease. My piercer even took a look at my helix piercing for me and advised it had been piercerd incorrectly, but it would heal in a year or so. He even offered to check on it for me when it was time to get my tragus piercing changed.

My sister came in with me for moral support, lol. We talked through colours with the piercer and ultimately decided on a green BCR (ball closure ring) with a purple ball to compliment the purple BCR in my helix.

Tip: Wear a loose necked top as your ear may be sore after the piercing and tie your hair back.

Getting your tragus pierced

The tragus piercing is done through cartilage with a needle and your piercer will first check whether or not yours is thick enough for the piercing. Lucikly mine was πŸ™‚ After this initial assessment my pierced cleaned the area (above and behind the tragus) with alcohol wipes.

Once he’d cleaned me up, he held my ear near my helix piercing and gently pushed the needle straight through. There was a little blood which he needed to apply pressure on before putting the BCR through the hole. But that’s normal.

It hurt a little when the needle went through, and I do remember mouthing ‘ow’ to my sister at the time. My ear trobbed throughout the day and was tender when I touched it, but it eased off the following day.

Aftercare

Like with any piercing, it’s important to look after it. I cleaned mine two to three timese a day (or three times to be extra cautious) with a saline or salt water solution applied with cotton wool. My piercer advised to turn the piercing gently to ensure the solution covered the whole area.

It is important to avoid playing with it and note that headphones could also irritate it. You will also need to be careful not to snag the piercing on your hair brush and avoid shampoo, conditioners or other hair care products getting into the hole while it’s healing. The tragus can take anywhere between two to six months to heal completely, depending on the person. Mine took four months.

So, how do I feel about it over 10 years later?

Honestly, I still love it and it’s my favourite piercing to date. I’m so glad I chose it over my belly button! I can easily hide it for work (or similar business events) with my hair and show it off if / when I want too.

Sadly The Trinket Box closed earlier this year. πŸ™ So I’m looking for alternative piercers for the others I have planned.

What piercings do you have? Would you ever consider getting your tragus pierced? Let me know in the comments. 😊

45 thoughts on “Getting your tragus pierced

  1. Jaya Avendel says:

    As of now, I only have ear piercing but never considered a tragus piercing as I did not know it existed. The possibilities of a third piercing are appealing but, as with all piercings, taking proper care of them afterwards is crucial to maintaining a healthy piercing as it forms!

  2. Charlotte says:

    I got my tragus pierced as a reward for doing well in my mock GCSEs when I was 15! So that was also 9 years ago for me. They did mine with a gun though, which I didn’t realise wasn’t right at the time. It’s grown out a little bit to the edge but I do love it. The only thing is I cannot change the earring for the life of me! I also have my helix on that side, then 2 lobes, with 6 holes all up the side of my other ear. I used to wear all of them but took some of them out and am now in the process of putting them back in and trying to get my ears used to them. I’ve always kept my tragus and helix in! I also have my nose pierced which I only got done last year, and that’s now my favourite!

    Char | charlotterick.com x

    • Kim says:

      Oh I know what you mean! Changing my tragus piercing is a nightmare and I usually end up asking my mum for help lol. I’ve always thought about getting more lobe piercings and had a fake nose stud at one point, but decided it didn’t suit me. Thanks for your comment. x

  3. Lauren says:

    Such awesome piercings. I would love to get another piercing. Tragus piercing was one of my list. Thank you for sharing your experience. Xx

  4. Britt says:

    Great post. I feel like we all had the ‘should I get my belly button pierced’ thought at one point or another, but it’s ultimately not for everyone! I don’t know that I would still be in love with it today if I’d gone through with it, but I ADORE the helix piercing I got instead!

    • Kim says:

      I love helix piercings and I’m happy that was my first cartilage piercing. It was something a bit different to all the eyebrow and nose piercings that my peers were getting. Thanks for your comment Britt. xx

  5. Susanne says:

    This is a great insight! Thanks for sharing. On some days I’d love to have ear piercings but I react badly to anything that isn’t real gold or silver. Also I do a lot of sports so I am a bit at a risk of injury. Shame really, your piercings look great πŸ™‚

    • Kim says:

      Thanks for your comment Susanne. πŸ™‚ I’ve heard of specialist ear jewellery you can buy for sports – which may be worth looking into. I have a nickel allergy but find titanium body jewellery doesn’t give me any reactions. x

  6. Lisa says:

    I only have my ears pierced but one got infected and scabbed. When the scab fell off the skin had grown over the ball so I had to go to hospital and have a general anaesthetic to remove it – never again! I’ll just stick to tattoos now πŸ™‚ Fascinating post, Kim, I enjoyed reading this! Lisa x

    • Kim says:

      Ouch! That sounds awful Lisa; I’m sorry that happened to you. I had a few issues when I got my lobes pierced. My metal allergy wasn’t diagnosed then and I had a bad infection in both piercings from gold plated jewellery. Tattoos are a great form of self expression. Thanks for your comment. x

  7. Savannah says:

    I love your piercings! They look great and are such a cool form of self expression. I have three lobes and my nose done, and I’d love to do a helix, but I would rather prioritize more tattoos over piercings for the time being. Anyway, thanks for explaining your tragus piercing! Great post.

    • Kim says:

      Thanks Savannah. 😊 I’ve been thinking about getting my lobes done a 3rd time, but also planning a few more tattoos too. I’m a bit indecisive at the moment lol. x

    • Kim says:

      It’s interesting to hear what was popular – those type of piercings were more of a trend when I was in college. My friend had her lip pierced. Thanks for your comment. x

  8. ThatAutisticFitChick says:

    I had my lobes done a couple of times but I react to some metals, and they keep on healing over so I’ve pretty much given up.
    I like the idea of piercings and I love them on other people, I’m just not so good with them myself and looking after them!

    • Kim says:

      I had allergies to nickel based metals, so I can relate to this. The only jewellery (not just body jewellery) I can wear is pure sterling silver, gold (24k), platinum or titanium. If its a nickel allergy, and you want to give piercings another try, I’d recommend titanium body jewellery. 😊

    • Kim says:

      I’m allergic to nickel based metals, so I can definitely relate. My body jewellery is either silver or titanium.

  9. Jenny says:

    God I remember in school there was a period where everyone got their tragus pierced! I never did but I think they look nice and I’d definitely opt for a little hoop if I had mine done!

    • Kim says:

      I was the only one when I got mine, lol. It was all about belly button rings and eyebrow studs when I was in school.

  10. Louisa says:

    I absolutely loved this post. The fear of pain always makes me chicken out of getting piercings. I had my ears done when I was younger and I’m glad I got them then.
    The tragus is one I’d definitely consider. In fact, I really want it…

    Louisa

    • Kim says:

      Thank you Louisa. 😊 Obviously everyone is different but there wasn’t a lot of pain when I had mine done. If you really want it, go for it and take a friend along for moral support.

  11. Payton says:

    You have such cool piercings! I’ve always loved the look of tragus piercings and I would love to get one, one day so I loved reading about your experience. How does it feel with earbuds after it’s all healed? Thanks for the informative post!

    • Kim says:

      Thank you! πŸ™‚ Ear buds took a bit of getting used too, I find the easiest way to get them in (and to stay in) was to angle the ball of the ring tucked at bottom. Little hard to explain – the gap between the tragus and ear lobe. I wore over ear headphones while it was healing. Hope that helps. x

  12. Rums the Reader says:

    I’m such a huge fan of piercings and I’ve actually been considering getting a tragus piercing so this post literally came at the right time! I have 3 lobe piercings on both ears and a helix on my left ear haha, so a tragus seems like the next step! Thanks for sharing your tips for aftercare and your thoughts about it 10 years down the line too.

    • Kim says:

      Thanks for your comment. 😊 I’m glad you found my post useful and hope you enjoy your tragus piercing (if you do decide to go for it). I’ve been thinking about getting my lobes done a 3rd time. x

  13. A Cup of Wonderland says:

    I think I would love more ear piercings but honestly, I am such a wimp and just grateful that the eleven-year-old me got them done when I did. I don’t think I would get my tragus pierced but I think I would consider getting my helix done if I build up enough courage! Really insightful and interesting post – especially as someone with only one set of piercings.

    • Kim says:

      Thanks for your comment. I’m happy you found my post useful, the helix hurt a lot less than my tragus did. It was similar to my second lobes to be honest, but everyone has a different pain threshold. x

  14. Chloe says:

    I got my Tragus done around 5/6 years ago now and I have loved it ever since. it healed quickly and is just something a little different x

  15. Jessica says:

    I have had multiple piercings over the years but the only ones I have kept have been the three I have in my ear lobes. I rebelled against my mother and had my tongue pierced at 16 but that was gone by 20, my cartilage piercings never healed unfortunately so they also went pretty quickly. The only other one that stood the test of time was my belly piercing but that grew over this year. I had to remove it as my tummy got bigger through pregnancy and now it has grown over. Part of me would love to have it done again and part of me thinks I’m too old now. I do love piercings though and I always think they look great on other people!

    • Kim says:

      Thanks for sharing your piercings. 😊 I don’t think you’re ever too old for them, my mum has both her belly and tongue done and she loves them. If you’d like your belly done, I’d say go for it. x

  16. Bexa says:

    I think the tragus is such an awesome piercing! I also had mine done a few years ago along with a helix piercing. I loved them both and thought they were really cool but found that using my iPhone headphones was really uncomfortable. In the end I picked music over the piercing but would love to get it back one day. How do you find using headphones with it? Ahh, reading this post makes me want to get my ear piercings back, although I’m not sure I’d get my lip or tongue done again, I feel too old now haha. Great post Kim! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • Kim says:

      I don’t think you’re ever too old for a piercing, my mum has her belly button done twice and her tongue. She loves them.

      Headphones were an issue when I first got the piercing and it was healing. I tended to use over ear headphones for a while before going back to in ear ones. The in ear ones were difficult to get on with at first but I find they’re most comfortable with the ball of the ring tucked at the bottom. The headphones go in with no issues, and, stay in! πŸ˜€ Thanks for your comment Bexa. xx

    • Kim says:

      A few of my friends had their eyebrow pierced in school and one got suspended for it! Oops. Glad you love yours. x

  17. Hayley says:

    Oh wow, it’s great that your family (and their friends!) were so supportive of your piercings. Fairly certain mine wanted to disown me when I appeared with a nose piercing one day…

    I’ve got two piercings in each ear plus the nose (which has now mostly healed over) and think my days of piercings are probably over!

    • Kim says:

      I think it had a lot to do with my mum; she also had her belly button pierced (twice) and her tongue. So she was always a great lover of piercings.

    • Kim says:

      Thanks Sophie. πŸ™‚ I’ve just found out the staff that ran the shop have opened a tattoo parlour. I might pop in and see if they also do piercings. x

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