My New Tragus
Yesterday, I got my tragus pierced, which was my first piercing that wasn't my ear lobes. I haven't had my ear lobes pierced since I was twelve, so I was pretty nervous. I was actually most nervous about the popping noise I've heard some people hear. My friend and I were both getting ours done, and she made me go first. I'm actually glad she did, because if I had heard her reaction before I got mine done, I might have backed out.
I naturally tremble a little bit, and I was worried that it would cause him to mess up, which made me tremble even more. The harder I tried to keep still, the worse I shook. But, the piercer assured me that trembling a little wouldn't hurt anything. He was a really nice guy, but unfortunately I don't remember his name.
The anticipation was the worst part. It was pretty anticlimactic, though. After all that waiting and being nervous, it was over before I was even ready for it. Deep breath in, exhale, then it's over. I assumed it was going to be harder to push the needle through, but it was really quick. I didn't even know he had already put the jewelry in when it was over. My friends laughed when I said it wasn't that bad, because of the way I squealed when the needle went through. But really, it wasn't much worse than a regular lobe piercing.
I bled a LOT. Of course I didn't realize it, but my friends were shocked at how much blood there was. I had gotten my earlobes pierced right before, and the piercer said the second piercing usually bleeds more. When it was all over, I was so happy. For one, I didn't know he had already put the jewelry in, so I was expecting more pain. Also, I got to watch my friend (who had been laughing at me) go through it next.
The best part was that I didn't hear the popping noise. I think if I had, I would have jumped out of the chair. I squeezed the hell out of my boyfriend's hand, even though I didn't think I was the kind of person who would do that. I imagine someone might think it was horribly painful if they had seen how I reacted to getting pierced, but it was more the nerves than the pain. When people ask if it hurt, I say in short, yes. But honestly, it's not so bad. Most people, myself included, imagine it must be awful because that cartilage is so thick. But really, the idea of someone pushing a needle through that part is worse than the way it actually feels.
There was a dull ache around the area for a few hours, but I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly it went away, because I've heard it can last for a day or two. Of course it still hurts when I touch it, but most of the time I barely notice it's there.
So far I've had a really good experience with my tragus, but I'm pretty obsessive over cleaning it. Last night, I did a bad thing and used Bacitracin to clean it, because I didn't have anything else. Hopefully, using it once won't hurt, but I've heard from everywhere that it shouldn't be used (even on the box, it says not for puncture wounds). This morning I cleaned it with some boiled water after my shower, just to make sure there was no shampoo or soap in it. After that I went out and bought some sea salt. I've cleaned it once with a sea salt solution, so I'll have to wait and see how that works out. My first choice was H2Ocean, but I can't find it anywhere in my town. But, I've heard good things about the sea salt. To be honest, I'm still nervous about changing the jewelry at some point, but I'm a pretty nervy person.
My advice to someone who's as nervous as I was about a tragus or any other piercing is to bring a couple friends, and go somewhere that feels laid back. My friends made me laugh, and the piercer was pretty funny too. The room had paintings, photos, and posters all over, and he was playing music, which made me very comfortable. I went in thinking I'd embarrass myself squealing in pain in front of some hard ass with a bunch of tattoos, but the piercer was really nice. Kept asking if I was ok, explained everything very clearly, etc. So don't be embarrassed if you're obviously nervous. Just remember whoever's piercing you has probably seen much worse.
I love the way my tragus looks. I never, ever thought I would get one until I saw some of the pictures on here, and realized how cute they are. If you want one but are worried about the pain, just go for it. Like I said, it's really not much different from having your lobes pierced, so have no fear!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 20 Sept. 2009
in Ear Piercing