Anti Tragus Piercing – 101 Guide

Ok, many people think that this is one of the most painful piercings that they ever got, but not to scare you it’s worth it!

It’s totally worth having a fresh looking piercing, and you will love it.

Anti tragus piercing is a piercing done to impress people so the pain factor will be small considering that you will be asked many times about your cool looking piercing.

Here is what we cover in this guide:

What is an anti tragus piercing?

The anti tragus is a piercing done in the cartilage area to be more specific in the outer cartilage area. People confuse it with the tragus piercing which is actually just opposite from the anti tragus piercing.

All in all, they share the same characteristics when it comes to caring for the piercing and performing the procedure. They are similar in some way but are entirely different in another.

Is it painful?

When you are looking to get a new piercing, the first thing that comes to mind is the pain factor. And yes people will always think about the bad stuff first.

But when you are getting pierced it’s common for you to feel some kind of pain be that milder or something stronger.

Well, this type of piercing is one of the most painful piercings out there, but that should not worry you at all. We are talking about piercings not doing surgery.

On a scale from 1 to 10, the anti tragus pain level is around 7, which we believe it’s nothing to get scared about, since many young people have it at the ages of 16 or 17, with the permission of their parents.

You can watch the video and hear what kind of anti tragus piercing experience Rose had.

So if young teenagers can get this ear piercing without a problem, there shouldn’t be something that will stop you. And plus it looks very cool.

What is the standard procedure?

After you dare to take the piercing, finding a piercing parlor will come second. So always look for a reputable salon that has had many  piercings done so that you won’t be an experiment for someone that has never done a piercing before.

The worst thing that could happen is to get an infection and to experience more pain than usual. Experienced piercers will know how to get your mind off the piercing, and you won’t feel a thing. It’s their job to keep your mind off the pain of course.

The procedure is actually the same for any piercing that is done. You enter the parlor, and the piercer will walk you through the process. Once that is done the piercer will sterilize the whole area and mark the points of your new piercing.

anti tragus and snug piercing

If you like the place, they will continue with the perforation.

The whole procedure is around 5-10 seconds, and you will be with a new cool looking piercing in around 1-2 minutes. The only pain that you will feel is when the needle goes through the area of the anti tragus, and that usually takes about 3-5 seconds.

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When the piercer is done, and the piercing that you have chosen is in the place, the piercer will tell you about the aftercare that you will need to do in order the piercing to heal more quickly.

How to take care?

A common practice to keep in mind is always to clean your ear as the piercer has told you. The anti-tragus is a place where it can quickly get infected, and if you are not careful, you might end up with a nasty infection.

One simple solution that every piercer is telling you to make at home is the saline solution. In order to make it you need ¼ of a teaspoon of sea salt and one cup of hot water. One cup of water is around 8oz or 250ml. Put the sea salt in the cup of water and stir it until the sea salt dissolves in the water.

After that use a cotton ball to dip it in the solution and clean the area of the piercing. Clean it thoroughly and very gently so that you don’t hurt yourself. Also, remember that you will have to wash your piercing at least 2 times per day.

If the piercer gave you any other products that you need to use, use them as the piercer has specified you. Do not use any other products that were not provided by your piercer because they might cause some kind of infections.

How much time does it take to heal?

The anti tragus healing process is around 6 to 8 months, but some people got their piercing healed even in about 1 year.

anti tragus piercing 7But nothing to worry if you stick to the saline solution and if you follow the aftercare tips that were given by your piercer your anti tragus piercing will be healed in no-time.

Keep in mind that the anti tragus is a very sensitive piercing so you should avoid sleeping on that side of your ear.

If you decided to have it on both of your ears then, it’s better first to pierce one side of your ear and then after a month or two the other because that way you won’t have any trouble sleeping.

But if you are a hardcore person that loves to have both ears pierced go ahead and make your dream a reality, although we do not recommend that.

What kind of jewelry should you pick?

While you are choosing your jewelry, you need to be very careful. First of all, you need to know that you will have to stick to the first design for an extended period of time.

anti tragus piercing 8So loving the first design is a crucial part of choosing your jewelry. And second, it’s great to know which materials are ok to accept. People usually prefer gold and sterling silver.

golden anti tragus piercingBut it’s best to know which material your body accepts. There are many cool designs on the internet, and usually, the piercers have some fantastic styles to choose from. But for the anti-tragus, the best model is a ring, but if you don’t like rings much, you can choose from many other designs out there.

How much it costs?

The price usually depends on the location of the piercing parlor, the experience of the piercer and many other factors. We always recommend you to go for an experienced piercer and maybe a couple of more dollars will be spent, but you won’t have any issues afterward.

The anti-tragus price is usually from $20 up to $55 without the cost of the jewelry. And the price of the jewelry ranges from $15 up to $50 or even more.

If you are not sure about the price of the jewelry or if you like something that you can find online you can order it and give it to the piercer to put it on you.

Final Words

Anti tragus piercing is one of the most painful and one of the nicest looking piercings out there. But every piercing looks nice on people, and you will have to look for the design that you like the most and the piercing you will enjoy watching in the mirror.

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If you want the anti-tragus piercing, don’t think twice, ask your friends for the best piercing parlors, or google them and you will have a new piercing in no-time.

But, wait. 🙂 First, check out the few ideas we picked for you.