A tragus piercing is the piercing of the tissue that protrudes in front of the ear canal. This piercing is usually performed with a small gauge hollow piercing needle (16g down to 20g in size) that is either curved or straight. These items can be found in a body piercing kit or bought separately from a trusted supplier. To prevent the needle from damaging the inside of the ear, a small cork is usually placed on the inside of the ear canal to receive the needle. Since there are few nerves in this area, a tragus piercing tends to be less painful than other body piercings. The most common type of jewelry worn in the tragus piercing is a small gauge Captive Bead Ring.
Tragus piercings take approximately 8 weeks to heal. Aftercare requires daily cleaning with a non-iodized sea salt and water solution (1/4 teaspoon per 8 ounces of warm water). As with all body-piercings, it is important to not touch the pierced area with your hands (nor allow anyone else to do so), except while cleaning. Also, change your pillowcase often to lessen bacterial contact during healing. It is also a good idea to wear button-up tops to eliminate chance of snagging the jewelry on clothing.