Antitragus Piercing - Q & A

Antitragus Piercing - Q & A

Looking for a unique and fun way to express your personality and style? Then the Anti tragus piercing might be just what you’re looking for.

But before you choose one way or the other, let’s dig in deep on exactly what this piercing is, and is not, as well as answer all of Newmarket resident’s most burning questions about this interesting addition to their bodies. 

What is a Bridge / Antitragus Piercing?

An antitragus piercing, or anti-tragus piercing, creates a perforation on the inner cartilage of the ear proximal to the earlobe that faces the “tragus”. If all that sounds a little complicated, it’s not, trust us.

You know that piece of cartilage and protrusion or “nub” just above and slightly backwards from your earlobe? Well, that’s where this piercing resides. Opposite of your tragus, hence the term “antitragus”. 

Those individuals with a well-pronounced “nub” that is on the thinner side, are usually the best candidates for this type of piercing. For those individuals where the antitragus isn’t very prominent, they may want to consider other options.

What Type of Jewelry does an Anti-tragus Piercing Require?

The typical type of jewelry utilized is a 16-14 gauge press-fit or internally threaded post, but the placement makes for both a unique display as well as a perfect place for ornate jewelry options. 

Other possibilities include:

  • Curved barbells
  • Circular horseshoe barbells
  • Spiral barbells
  • And Studs

What are the Reasons / Pros of Getting an Anti-tragus Piercing?

Considering an antitragus piercing? Here’s the reason this option has increased in popularity:

  • Unique and stylish
  • Wide range of jewelry to choose from
  • Fast and simple process, healing can be long and difficult
  • No need to get both ears done

What is the Process of Getting Piered Like? 

When it comes to the actual act of getting pierced, many individuals worry about the “unknown”. But have no fear, the process is quick, simple, and mostly painless (though pain is subjective and varies depending on the individual.

After signing the appropriate consent documents you’ll be taken into the piercing studio where the actual procedure will be carried out. From there you’ll be seated in a comfy and relaxing seat (similar to those used in doctor’s offices).

Thoroughly clean the skin with a speciality skin prep, mark the placement after taking a few measurements and then once you give us your stamp of approval, we re-prep the skin to prepare for piercing.

This type of piercing is done utilizing a straight or curved sterilized needle to pierce the anti tragus. Once the needle has passed through and is removed a piece of jewelry of your choice will be put in its place.

See, fast, simple and nothing to be afraid of

Will This Piercing Migrate or Will My Body Reject It?

As for migrating, no. It could become looser over the years but nothing very noticeable.

When it comes to “rejection”, as with any foreign object introduced to your body, there is always the chance of a reaction. If you suspect, to go in for a checkup.and the piercer will remove if safe to do so.

If you're in Newmarket, Ontario or the surrounding areas and you’re concerned about your piercing, drop by for a chat with a member of the team and we’ll be glad to take a look and offer our advice.

If your piercing needs to be removed, hold on to the jeweler as you should be able to replace it once your original piercing has healed.

Do Antitragus Piercing piercings hurt?

Despite its seemingly delicate location, an antitragus piercing doesn’t tend to register too high on the pain scale. That said, it may be more painful than some other traditional piercings.

The good news is any pain is usually short-lived as the process is quite expedient. Once pierced you may experience a little swelling, redness and irritation, but nothing that should make you too uncomfortable.

How to Care for an Antitragus Piercing

It is always wise to continue with proper aftercare as prescribed by your piercer, including regular cleaning and washing of the area around the area.

What’s the Risk of Infection?

 Like any other piercing carries a risk of infection, but with careful and consistent aftercare and with our fully sterile and disposable setup the risks are minimal.

Will there be Swelling?

Any swelling does not subside in a few days, initial healing stages can take anywhere between 2-12 weeks. over the counter medications like advil can deal with pain symptoms and tylenol can deal with swelling discomfort.

What about Irritation?

Try to avoid touching or playing with your piercing until it has healed. 

Closing Thoughts

If you're in Newmarket, Ontario or surrounding areas and you’re concerned about your piercings or interested in a new one, stop by for a chat with a member of the team. 

You can also give the team at a call today and we’ll try our best to answer any questions you may have. We’re always happy to help and excited to help you find your next perfect piercing and jewelry combo.

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