For all the buzz lately about tragus piercings, there’s been a quiet buildup for a sort of companion location – the anti-tragus. If this particular style of piercing is unknown to you, read on.
The anti-tragus, much like the tragus, is a section of cartilage. If you look at your ear and put a fingertip on the tragus, you’ll see a notch where the cord to an earbud would sit. On the other side of that notch is the anti-tragus, sitting just above the ear lobe. Much like the Tragus, the Anti-Tragus is usually triangular shaped.
Like the tragus, it’ll take a little while for it to completely heal, but this will vary from person to person, and depend on how attentive you are towards keeping the area clean. Assuming you follow the recommended cleaning regimen, the earliest you could reasonably expect it to completely heal would be about six months to one year.
The anti-tragus is a little smaller than the tragus, so if you have a particularly small tragus, your anti-tragus may be more difficult. On the other hand, since the anti-tragus is somewhat more “exposed” to the open area of the ear, it’s easier to get at than the tragus. Regardless, any successful piercing depends on the specific anatomy of the person getting the piercing.
Pretty much anything that you would or could put into the tragus, you can also put into the anti-tragus. They are usually pierced with hoops, horseshoes, or curved barbells. This piercing is great for adding gem beads or using colored jewelry to make it pop!
Just as tragus piercings seem to be sort of an “underground” sort of style choice that has become more widely popular in the last few years, anti-tragus piercings are similarly hard to find, but getting more requests. While it’s always possible that this sort of piercing will become more popular over time, for the moment it remains more of a unique piercing.
Because it’s so close to the tragus, physically speaking, the same sorts of problems may occur. Difficulty with earbuds, possible swelling, tenderness, and drainage at the piercing site. Infection is always a possibility but as long as you’re vigilant with your aftercare routine and wash your hands before touching your new piercing, the chances are slim.
If you’re interested in exploring this distinctive style of piercing, contact us or stop in at any Almost Famous Body Piercing location to ask questions and look over our price sheet for piercing prices.