A tragus piercing is a body piercing that perforates the fold of cartilage that sticks out, near the ear canal entrance.  Occasionally, the vertical tragus piercing is done as a surface piercing on the side of the face, further away from the ear (as shown in video).   The type of needles used for a  tragus piercing are either 18g or 16g needles.  The types of body jewelry worn in the healed piercing can be captive bead rings, horseshoes,  or straight or curved barbells.

A vertical tragus piercing is done so that the body jewelry is carried in a vertical position. For either type of tragus piercings, the same body jewelry and gauge of needles are used. Healing time for this piercing is generally between 8 and 16 weeks.


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