Getting tired of your standard ear lobe piercing? Hoping to step up your piercing game with a unique new look? An anti-tragus piercing might be exactly what you’re looking for! Anti-tragus piercings are a type of cartilage piercing. They sit opposite of the tragus piercing on the middle part of your ear cartilage. This piercing has gained popularity over the years and is often included in constellation piercings.

In this awesome ear piercing guide, we will go over some important information about anti-tragus piercings, including the location, healing times, recommended types of jewelry, and so much more! Keep in mind that anti-tragus piercing pain and healing times can vary depending on the person. This type of body modification typically heals in about 3-6 months, but it can take longer than that. Regularly cleansing the anti-tragus piercing site is a must during the healing process. Talk to an experienced piercer about aftercare instructions before getting any kind of body piercing. If you want some additional information on piercing and jewelry care, check out How to Care for Your Body Jewelry and Body Piercings and the rest of our in-depth piercing guides.

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What is an Anti-Tragus Piercing?  

Anti-Tragus Piercing Location:

The anti-tragus piercing is a piercing located on the middle ear cartilage. It sits directly across from the tragus piercing location, which is the cartilage that hangs over the ear canal. This type of piercing is not for everyone, as some people have too small of cartilage. A large but thin anti-tragus is easiest to successfully pierce. Talk to a professional piercer to see if you’re a candidate to get an anti-tragus piercing.

Anti-Tragus Piercing Process:

This piercing procedure is typically performed with a hollow 16 or 18-gauge piercing needle.

How much does an anti-tragus piercing cost?

Anti-tragus piercing prices vary based on where you live and which piercing studio you’ll choose.

How much do anti-tragus piercings hurt?

Anti-tragus piercing pain depends on the person and their pain tolerance. We recommend talking to a piercing professional about pain management before getting any type of body piercing. If you decide to get an anti-tragus piercing, be sure to keep up with piercing care to avoid infection.

Other types of cartilage earrings:

Besides tragus and anti-tragus piercings, there are several types of cartilage piercings (forward helix piercing, rook piercing, daith piercing, conch piercing, etc.). To learn more about all the different types of cartilage piercings, as well as different jewelry styles, check out Cartilage Piercing: Everything You Need to Know.

Anti-Tragus Piercing Benefits

Can anti-tragus piercings relieve pain?

Some ear cartilage piercings are said to relieve pain by stimulating nerve endings and pressure points. Learn more about the benefits of cartilage piercings by reading Surprising Benefits of Piercings.

Anti-Tragus Jewelry

Anti-Tragus hoops, anti-tragus studs, captive bead rings, and curved barbells are the recommended pieces of jewelry for this type of piercing. Check out all of the anti-tragus earring styles on our site!

How much does anti-tragus piercing jewelry cost?

There are different jewelry types, such as cartilage stud earrings, captive bead rings, cartilage hoop earrings, curved barbells, and circular barbells, which may have a different price than standard stud earrings. We recommend calling a professional piercer for more information on piercing prices, as well as the price of certain jewelry styles.

Jewelry Care:

Clean your jewelry with antibacterial soap and warm water.

Can I get an allergic reaction to my anti-tragus jewelry?

Allergic reactions to certain jewelry types are a possibility. Contact a piercing professional and make sure that getting an anti-tragus piercing is the right move for you. Be sure to discuss types of jewelry and the jewelry material options before getting pierced. Check with a doctor beforehand to be sure of any allergies. If your piercing hurts after the first two weeks of the healing process, contact your doctor and make sure you aren’t allergic to the body jewelry material.

How long should I wait to change my anti-tragus piercing jewelry?

You need to wait until the body piercing is completely healed before changing jewelry. While a standard ear lobe piercing heals quickly, an anti-tragus piercing can take up to 6 months or more to heal. It’s important that you use the same piece of jewelry during that time and keep up with the piercing aftercare.

Anti-Tragus Piercing Aftercare

Anti-Tragus Piercing Healing Time and Tips:

Cartilage piercing healing times can vary, but the anti-tragus typically takes anywhere from 3-6 months or longer to heal. We recommend talking to a piercing professional about the anti-tragus healing period, piercing bumps or anti- tragus swelling, and cleaning routines before getting your piercing. Always be sure to keep up with the piercing aftercare!

How do I care for my body piercing?

We recommend cleaning your piercing with H2Ocean piercing aftercare product or saline solution. Clean your jewelry with antibacterial soap and warm water. You can learn more about piercing aftercare, piercing types, and general piercing info on our blog. Before your piercing procedure, make sure to speak with an experienced piercer for proper aftercare instructions before getting pierced. If you want some additional aftercare tips, check out our How to Care for Your Body Jewelry and Body Piercings blog.

How do you give yourself an anti-tragus piercing?

You don’t! Cartilage piercings or any other type of piercing needs to be done professionally to prevent any possible infections or other complications during the healing process.

What is this bump on the back of my ear?

It’s normal to form a small piercing bump on the back of the ear during the first couple of days of the healing process. Monitor the piercing site and make sure to keep up with the aftercare. We recommend cleaning your piercing with H2Ocean piercing aftercare product or saline solution. If your anti-tragus piercing hurts more over time, contact your doctor to make sure you don’t have an infected piercing.

Why shouldn’t I get an anti-tragus earring?

If you’re questioning whether or not you should get a cartilage earring or any kind of body modification, we recommend talking to a professional and considering everything before committing. Not every piercing is for everyone, and that’s okay! Take your time deciding if you want a cartilage piercing, and speak with a professional to make sure you’re making the best decision you can for your body. If you decide that you want one, Spencer’s has tons of cute cartilage earrings to choose from. Want to learn about other types of ear piercings? Check out the ultimate ear piercing guide, as well as our piercing guides on snug piercings, rook piercings, helix piercings, forward helix piercings, conch piercings, orbital piercings, daith piercings, and more.

Now that you’ve read this ear piercing and jewelry guide, it’s time to go shopping! No matter what type of piercing you have, Spencer’s has all of your body jewelry needs covered!

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