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|Jewelry||Barbell, captive bead ring|
|Healing||4 to 24 weeks (1 to 6 months)|
A tragus piercing is the perforation of the tragus, which projects immediately in front of the ear canal, for the purpose of inserting and wearing a piece of jewelry. The piercing itself is usually made with a small gauge hollow piercing needle, and typical jewelry would be a small diameter captive bead ring or small gauge post style piercing jewelry. A related piercing is known as the antitragus piercing.
The popularity of tragus piercings began to increase around 2005, according to the BBC report.
The hollow, low-gauge needle used for the piercing can be either straight or curved, depending on the piercer's preference. Tragus piercings are generally not very painful, due to the small number of nerve endings in the tragus.
Tragus Piercing Pain
Though the tragus looks like a very sensitive part,some people believe that it does not hurt too much on being pierced. That is because there are not too many nerve endings in the area, though some people believe that it can be irritating for those who use earphones.
Most people who get their tragus pierced tell that the pain they underwent was much less than that of a tongue, nipple or genital piercing.