Antitragus piercing

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Antitragus piercing
Jewelrybarbell, captive bead ring
Healing6 to 12 months

An antitragus piercing is a perforation of the outer ear cartilage for the purpose of inserting and wearing a piece of jewelry. It is placed in the antitragus, a piece of cartilage opposite the ear canal.[1] Overall, the piercing has characteristics similar to the tragus piercing; the piercings are performed and cared for in much the same way.[2]


This piercing, like most cartilage piercings, can take anywhere from 8 to 16 months to fully heal. The piercing should be cleaned daily until healed. The most common way to clean it using a seasalt water or another saline solution. The jewelry should not be changed until the piercing has healed.


  1. ^ "ear piercings". Bella Online. Retrieved 2013-11-01.
  2. ^ "Ear". Ear Retrieved 2013-11-01.