Want to Get Pierced in an Odd Place? Here's What to Expect

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Tragus piercing experienceI'm not exactly sure what possessed me last week, but I decided that I wanted to get my tragus pierced (the part of your ear closest to your cheek). I have a bunch of tattoos and I've had my ear lobes and belly button pierced, so I thought I was pretty familiar with the process.

But after watching a bunch of tragus-piercing videos on YouTube, I started to get a little nervous. Lucky for me, I had a great experience, and it's healing up fine.

So if you've wanted to get your own tragus or other unusual body part pierced -- or think you might in the future -- I've got all the gory (or really, not so gory) details for you ...

So first, I checked Yelp reviews for a reputable piercing studio in Atlanta where I live, and found The Piercing Experience, which is pretty serious about sterilization and quality materials. When I arrived, I liked that it was actually more like a studio and less like a tattoo parlor with piercing on the side.

I spoke with the piercer, Christina, about my past allergic reactions to metals. In fact, that's why I took out my naval ring and earrings. She told me that many people have reactions to nickel in the metal, and that anyone getting a piercing would want to make sure that they are getting high-quality titanium at minimum (which is nickel-free). I chose a small 14-gauge diamond titanium stud for my tragus piercing.

Also, you want to be sure that the studio does not use jewelry with external threads, which can actually tear and damage your body part. Internal threads are much safer!

Once I was ready, I headed back to a room that looked like a doctor's office, completely white, sterile, and very quiet. She told me everything that she was doing, like measuring the spot on my ear, figuring out where to put the hole, and preparing it with iodine.

Then she told me to breathe in and let it all out while she pierced me. And wow, I barely felt anything but a mild pinch. A few twists to put in the jewelry and I was completely done. Easy!

My piercer was very firm about aftercare instructions, particularly that I should not get my piercing wet if possible and no shampoo or soap. She said treat it like an eyeball; anything you wouldn't want in your eye you wouldn't want in your piercing. And she told me to avoid sleeping on that side if I could.

It's been about a week now and I've had no issues whatsoever. It was definitely sore after the piercing, but nothing unbearable. And I love the way it looks. The only problem: I'm completely addicted and want to get another piercing! Next up, my helix.

Do you have any unusual body piercings?

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kebrowni kebrowni

I've always wanted to get my tragus pierced, but I'm totally freaked about the pain. I had the cartiledge pierced on my upper ear TWICE and both times it got a nasty infection. I ended up taking the piercing out and now I have a scar (that looks like a freckle). Ha! I have 8 tattoos and got an epidural during labor and here I am scared of a small needle in my ear.

Bekki... BekkieBoodle

no unusual places... but I do have 11 total in my ears... lobes all the way up to the top of the cartilage.....

nonmember avatar ashley

Anyone who gets piercings and tattoos should know how to spell navel...

nonmember avatar kari

Technically, you need to have a hoop in the piercing while its healing. Not a stud. I know what I'm talking about bc my husband is a professional tattoo artist and piercer who has been in the business for 20 years. But you will soon find that out the hard way.

Virid... ViridianSoul

When I had my tragus done, my piercer recommended at least a semi-captive ring rather than a stud, and I'm glad that I went with his choice. I'm definitely in agreement with Kari above.

I've had another piercing that was far more extreme. If anyone is curious, you can google "horizontal hood piercing"...just make sure you don't do so at work! And you know what? Truth be told, it hardly hurt at all! It was more of a pinch, and a bit startling, but didn't phase me much. I chose horizontal over vertical because I prefered that kind of look for it, even though I've since taken it out and let it heal.

hanna... hannahsmom238

I have my nose and both nipples done. I did have a navel piercing but it has since been retired.

BeccaLS BeccaLS

I have my tongue pierced and I have a vertical labret (middle of my bottom lip-goes up through the lip instead of inside my mouth) and I had my eyebrow done.

I guess my lip piercing can be considered "unusual" because it's vertical.

nonmember avatar singer825

Sigh. For every person that says you should let your piercing heal with a stud, there is another person saying to use a hoop. I got my tragus pierced and it healed just fine with a stud. Every person I know with a tragus piercing healed just fine with a stud or a hoop. Do what is comfortable for you. Next up for me is a helix.

Misty Lambou

I have 14 in my ears... including one tragus and a triple helix.... I had hoops in all of mine just because I like the way they look. The helix piercings took the longest to heal and I still have the occasional issue with the middle one. I also have my nose pierced ... I had both nipples done but after an accident I let them close up a few years ago... I want my other tragus done but that will have to wait for a little bit. 

cooki... cookinmommyof1

I have my tongue, labret, and lobes done. I want to get industrials (double cartilage ear piercing). And after getting my first 2 tattoos, I have 1/2 sleeves, a back spread and a few single tatts to get. It will be a while since im pregnant, and we don't have extra money for body art, but dammit, one day. Lol

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