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Everything You Need To Know Before Getting An Anti-Tragus Piercing

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There are so many different types of ear piercings out there. The helix, daith, and industrial are just some of the most popular ones. But if you already have them all, or if you're simply looking for a ~unique~ piercing location, the anti-tragus is worth checking out. Keep scrolling to learn more about this cool ear piercing! 

What is an anti-tragus piercing?

An anti-tragus piercing goes through the fold of the cartilage above your earlobe. It's located opposite the tragus, a.k.a. the little flap in front of your ear canal. (hence the name) 

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Does it hurt to get an anti-tragus piercing?

Kenneth Abad, a professional tattoo artist and body piercer from 55 Tinta, rates the anti-tragus pain factor between four and six on a scale of one to 10. But of course, "pain is subjective," he pointed out. Everyone's pain tolerance is different. 

How long does it take for an anti-tragus piercing to heal?

Generally, the body piercer said it takes around "two to three months" for an anti-tragus piercing to heal. It will also depend on how you take care of your fresh piercing. 

How do I take care of my anti-tragus piercing?

  • Avoid wearing earphones or headphones while your piercing is still fresh. When you touch or twist your piercing, you're making the dry wound raw again, which can prolong the healing process. 
  • Try to sleep on your back to avoid putting pressure on your ear. 
  • Spray and clean your anti-tragus piercing with a saline solution—not rubbing alcohol—twice a day, every dayKenneth explained that alcohol tends to be too drying, which can do more harm than good. 
  • Make sure to wash your hands before cleaning your piercing.
  • As much as possible, keep your hair away from your face while your piercing is healing. (READ MORE: How To Make Sure Your Ear Piercings Don't Close Or Get Infected)
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How much does it cost to get an anti-tragus piercing?

The price of an anti-tragus piercing varies on the tattoo studio you go to. According to Kenneth, 55 Tinta usually charges P2,000 for cartilage piercings. 

Interested in getting an anti-tragus piercing? Check out these pictures for inspiration: 

  1. Anti-tragus + double lobe 

    A simple hoop earring on the anti-tragus can add a cool touch to a stack of lobe piercings. 

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  2. Anti-tragus + double flat + triple lobe

    If you have piercings on your lobe and upper cartilage, adding an anti-tragus can help create a ~balanced~ look. 

  3. Anti-tragus + single lobe

    We're loving the diagonal design of this particular combo. 

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  4. Anti-tragus + double lobe + daith + flat + helix

    Create a ~minimalist~ ear party by mixing delicate studs with some itty-bitty hoops.

  5. Anti-tragus + double lobe + forward helix + double helix

    Keep things simple and sweet by decorating your multiple piercings with hoops in the same sizes.

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  6. Anti-tragus + tragus + flat 

    Getting an anti-tragus and a tragus just makes sensethey look good together! You can also add a flat piercing on the upper cartilage to balance things out. 

  7. Anti-tragus + single lobe + mid-helix

    Keep everything on the lower part of the ear for a clean look!

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  8. Anti-tragus + single lobe + forward helix + helix

    This curation of diamond hoops and studs is so, so pretty. 

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  9. Anti-tragus + industrial + single lobe

    An anti-tragus piercing is pretty versatileit looks good on its own, but it also complements other piercings like this barbell earring. 

  10. Anti-tragus + double lobe + daith + helix

    The curved barbell piercing on the anti-tragus gave this ear party an ~edgy~ vibe.

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