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2020 Tragus Piercing Pros & Cons by a Piercer S02 EP06

This is the Sixth episode in a Youtube Series Pros and Cons by a Piercer season 2. DaVo, a Professional Piercer since 1994, covers the advantages and disadvantages or Pros and Cons of Getting a Tragus Piercing. This video is designed for those considering getting a Tragus piercing or piercings and includes common issues with the piercing, common advantages of the piercing including the healing process of the piercing. This video is designed as an educational introduction and you should always consult a professional piercer before getting any piercing done. One of the concepts behind this series is to give the average person the ability to have an educated conversation about Tragus Piercings with their piercer.

I aka DaVo have been a professional body piercer and the owner of the Axiom Body Piercing Studio in Des Moines, Iowa since 1994. My focus on education and helping clients make safe and informed decisions on getting pierced has always been a large part of my business practices and services. With my website and increasingly on youtube, I hope to expand and inform others outside of my small part of the world. I always encourage questions and comments, so if you have one, please comment. 

Show Notes:

  • Pierced Horizontally through the tragus

History:

  • Developed sometime in the 1980s or 1990s. First saw in PFIQ around 91

Pros:

  1. Widely Socially accepted

  2. Large Variety of Jewelry

  3. short healing time

  4. enhanced the area

  5. A long history of healing

Cons

  1. Hard to Isolate

  2. can affect wearing earbuds

  3. closes quickly

  4. can not sleep on the piercings

  5. Not Everyone has the Anatomy

 

Things to look for:

  • Piercer be experienced

  • The piercer should be professional, informative and make you feel comfortable

  • The piercer should offer a consultation that involves aftercare, risks, etc…

  • The piercer should evaluate your anatomy

  • Should suggest barbell or stud for piercing

  • If they pierce with a ring, the jewelry must be oversized

  • Do they provide aftercare products and written and verbal aftercare instruction?

The Piercing Experience:

  • If you want additional piercings, discuss that while marking

  • The piercer should ask you to smile and do a few expressions.

  • Should be done with forceps to limit the tissue rolling

  • Needle Receiving tube is used to protect the rest of the ear

  • A taper pin or guide pin may be used to insert the jewelry

  • Piercing is very quick and usually not too painful.

  • The jewelry may require a little time to insert and close

  • There may be some slight to moderate bleeding

  • Usually, you will have throbbing or aching for a few minutes after the piercing is done.

  • Piercing is sensitive to the touch.

Healing:

  • The average healing time is 8-12 weeks

  • Saline twice daily

  • Must practice cross-contamination prevention and isolate and avoid any contact with the piercing.

    • Clean hands

    • no oral contact

    • Keep your bedding, clothing, towels, etc… clean

    • No Swimming

    • Keep Pets Away

    • avoid contact with earbuds, headphones, etc….

    • Make sure that your hair is dried before it comes in contact

  • Avoid contact or trauma to the area.

  • First 3-5 days you can experience slight bleeding off and on, redness/discolor, heat and tenderness to the touch.

  • Do not sleep on the piercing no mater if it hurts or not

Jewelry Options:

  • Can change after the piercing is healed

  • Jewelry should always be wide enough to allow for the thickness of the Tragus

  • Labret Studs have the least profile

  • Rings need to be wide and oversized

Living with the piercing:

  • The jewelry should be left in at all times.

  • Avoid pressure or trauma to the piercing

  • Test using earbuds, headphones, etc slowly

  • Adjust or change loose jewelry

Abandoning the piercing:

  • Will close but may appear open for a long period of time.

  • There will be a small indented circular scar on each side. This may fade in time.

  • The holes may produce a cream cheese-like discharge, this is sebum.

For additional  Information:

Articles:

Videos:

Suggested Aftercare Products:

  • For Premixed Saline DaVo suggests. NeilMed Neil Cleanse Wound Wash First-Aid Sterile Saline Solution 6 fl oz Each - https://amzn.to/2lgrfL7
  • For Oral Piercings -     
    Biotene Fresh Mint Moisturizing Oral Rinse Mouthwash, Alcohol-Free, for Dry Mouth - https://amzn.to/2NbIYza

All footage was filmed using a Canon EOS 80D Camera with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens - https://amzn.to/3bb5PV4 and Canon EOS R  - https://amzn.to/386Y1BZ with Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens - https://amzn.to/3jkvptO

Audio - Recorded with Audio-Technica AT875R Line + Gradient Condenser Microphone - https://amzn.to/2XiCMuT and Tascam DR-40x - https://amzn.to/2XhgoRl

For more information on DaVo and the Axiom Body Piercing Studio go to https://axiompiercing.com

Now on TikTok - TikTok - @SKTattoo - http://vm.tiktok.com/fWNXFc/

Axiom Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/axiombodypiercing/

Skin Kitchen's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/theskinkitchen/

Contact DaVo at davo@axiompiercing.com or by phone at 515-966-4814
If you would like to set up a Piercing Appointment go to https://axiompiercing.com/booking.

Skin Kitchen Tattoo and The Axiom Body Piercing Studio are located at 3800 Douglas Ave./Des Moines, Iowa 50311
Tattoo hours are Thursday - Monday 1-8pm
Piercing hours are Thursday - Monday 2-8pm