Anti-tragus piercing is one of the common ear piercing types. While it’s not as popular as some other types (earlobe piercing, helix, or even tragus piercing), it is not a rare kind of a piercing. It means that you will easily find a piercer experienced enough to do this type of piercing correctly and to your great satisfaction.
Anti-Tragus Piercing Placement
Anti-tragus piercing is not really related to tragus piercing. Its name comes from the anatomical position: anti-tragus piercing is made on the specific fold of cartilage that is located opposite of the tragus, on the outer side of the ear.
It’s important to know that the size of this cartilage fold differs from person to person. Most of the people have an anti-tragus that is big enough to pierce. However, some people have anti-tragus that is too small to be pierced.
Another potential problem for the placement is the number of other piercings. If you have too many piercings on your ear, especially near your anti-tragus, and if you wear big, heavy ear jewelry, there might not be enough room to have your anti-tragus pierced.
This is why it’s always important to check with your piercer and make sure that you can get an anti-tragus piercing without a problem.
If your ear is anatomically suitable for anti-tragus piercing, the procedure itself is pretty straightforward and does not take long to perform.
The piercing is usually done with a relatively small gauge piercing needle. As with any other type of piercing, it’s important not to use a piercing gun. Piercing needles are safer and should be used to perform this piercing.
There is no specialized jewelry for anti-tragus piercings, so you should use general, multi-functional body jewelry.
Depending on the gauge you’re pierced with and if there’s no much room on the ear, you should consider microbarbells and other jewelry types with small beads and balls.
- Always make sure there is enough room to have an anti-tragus piercing. If you have other ear jewelry, it may cause a problem. Jewelry can rub against the piercing and cause discomfort. It can also prevent your piercing from healing properly.
- Don’t forget to clean your anti-tragus piercing at least twice per day using a saline solution.
- During the healing time, avoid swimming and submersion in water. You should also make sure not to irritate your ear in other ways. Don’t hold the phone on this ear and try not to sleep on that ear during the healing time.
- Anti-tragus piercing can take 6-8 months (often even more) to be fully healed.