My Right Tragus Piercing
Friday, July 16th, 2012, I went to All In Ink in SoCal to get a new piercing. I originally wanted a forward helix and a tragus piercing on my right ear, but my ears are too small for the forward helix piercing apparently, so I just went with the tragus. This was my first non-lobe ear piercing, but I've been researching piercings and body mods for years, so I wasn't really that nervous. I think that part of the reason I wasn't nervous is that, a few years back, I had a surface piercing on my thigh for about six months, but my dog ripped it out when her claws got caught on it, so I don't think there's a lot that can beat that on a pain scale.
The reason that this is my first professional non-lobe piercing is that I just turned 18 on the fourth of July, and my dad hates body mods of any type, so I had to wait until I was legal to get it done. I'm planning on getting many more piercings in the future, and If I can get enough cash (most of my money is in a new bank account that I can't access yet) then I'm going to get my first tattoo tomorrow at the same place I got my tragus pierced.
So, I walked into the shop with a few friends and filled out some paperwork. I was actually terrified to even go in and ask for the piercing because I'm painfully shy, but I'm so glad that I did.
The shop was in the mall, which was kind of weird, and also an art gallery, which was awesome. I got to look at pretty paintings and watch about a million people getting tattooed while I waited to get my piercing. I didn't expect the shop to be so pretty, but I loved it, and I can't wait to come back.
When the paperwork was done, I went into the back room with my piercer, Chris, and sat on a really tall table thing that made me feel a lot shorter than I am (5'6"). Chris opened all the little sterile things and I started to get a little worried when I saw the needle, but not too bad. I'd heard that the tragus is one of the most painful ear piercings and that it makes a horrible popping noise when the needle breaks through, but this wasn't true in my case. The actual piercing process took longer than the others I've had, but probably only lasted about 5 seconds, and it was more of pressure and a little bit of discomfort than pain. Putting the jewelry in hurt a bit more, but that wasn't terrible either.
The piercing didn't hurt that much until about an hour later, when it started throbbing. It wasn't terrible, but not pleasant either. This lasted about 5-6 hours after the piercing, and then faded away. I slept on it just fine, and when I woke up in the morning it didn't hurt at all.
It aches a little whenever I laugh, smile, or yawn, but not very bad, and there hasn't been any visible swelling or redness.
I just cleaned it about an hour ago with a cue-tip and some solution I got when I had my second lobe piercings done last year, and the front wasn't that bad but the back hurt more because I couldn't see what I was doing inside my ear. It only hurt while I was cleaning it though, and when I was done it went back to normal.
I have long hair, which usually gets tangled around my lobe piercings, but that hasn't been a problem with my tragus. Neither has changing my shirt, shower, or brushing my hair. The only problem I've had is that I can't use headphones now, but I knew that would happen.
So far, so good. It's definitely my favorite piercing, and I plan on getting my left tragus done as soon as the right side heals :) I'll post an update on the tragus piercing as it heals, and probably when I get the left side done, too, if it's any different from the right.
If any of you guys reading this (if anyone reads this XD ) are considering getting your tragus pierced, I would definitely recommend it. It's one of those piercings that can be really tiny and unnoticeable like a nostril piercing, or if you put bigger jewelry in it it can be loud and attention-getting. It's kind of an all-purpose piercing, I think, and mine wasn't that painful at all. I'd say probably a 3 or 4 on a scale of 1-10. Overall, it's pretty darned awesome :)
I don't think that how painful a piercing is should be a big factor in the decision to get it, but if it is for you, don't let the thickness of your tragus scare you away. It doesn't have that many nerves in it, so it isn't too painful. Go ahead and take the plunge if you've been thinking about it, you won't regret it!
submitted by: CadiCrowxx
on: 08 July 2012
in Tragus Piercing