Anti-Tragus Piercing

Anti-Tragus PiercingAnti-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.

The Procedure

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.

Jewelry

There is no specialized jewelry for anti-tragus piercings, so you should use general, multi-functional body jewelry.

The most common jewelry type for the anti-tragus piercing is a small curved barbell or a circular barbell. Some people also love to use ball closure rings.

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.

Additional Info

  • 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.

Different Ear Piercings

 

Ears, July 2011

 

Most people that are into body modifications started with getting their ears pierced. Ear piercings are the oldest, most common, less extreme and more accepted of all body modifications. Piercing the ears can be found in all different kinds of cultures all over the world throughout history. Both men and women have been known to pierce their ears. Depending on the size and shape of one’s ear, there are many different parts of the ear that can be pierced.

 When your Ear is your Piercing Ground:

The ear lobe is the easiest, most common part of the ear that is pierced. This part of the ear can be stretched and gauged because of the type of tissue located in this area. A piercing gun is used to pierce the ear lobe. The ear piercing gun is designed in such a way, so that the ear can be pierced with the jewelry and the earring back be put on the end of the post of the earring, all in one shot. The cartilage of the ear, at the top part of the helix, is another popular area to have pierced. This piercing can be pierced with a piercing gun, however, it is not recommended because the force of the gun can cause cartilage to shatter and take the area longer to heal. The other areas of the ear are usually pierced with a hollow body piercing needle.

The helix is the upper rim part of the ear that goes down the outside about half way and meets the lobe. Many people have their helix pierced multiple times and put captive bead rings in them.  The conch is the portion of the ear that looks like a “shell” adjacent to the ear canal.  A barbell or captive bead ring is mostly worn in this area. The anti-helix is a ridge located under the helix and it contains the snug and rook. These piercings are very painful and harder to heal then most of the other ear piercings. The snug, located on the lower part of the anti-helix, is pierced with curved or straight barbells. The rook, the upper part of the anti-helix close to the head, can be pierced with a curved barbell or a captive bead ring. The folds of cartilage located closest to the ear canal is call a daith piercing. This can have a different variety of small gauge body jewelry put into the piercing.  The tragus piercing is the “little nub” over top of the ear canal.  The body jewelry used for this piercing are usually a captive bead ring, curved barbell or even labret studs.  The ridge located above the ear lobe has been labeled the anti-tragus. This is another painful piercing in the ear. And this piercing usually needs a curved barbell.

Another piercing that is often done is called the industrial. The industrial is when two separate piercings are connected with one barbell. Usually piercings within the helix are used to create an industrial piercing but some use other piercings in the ear and connect them. An orbital piercing is much like an industrial piercing in the sense that it connects two or more piercings, but instead of a barbell a ring is used.