Good evening lovelies! If you’re reading this in England then Wednesday has probably felt like it’s come around quicker than usual thanks to the clocks springing forward, as much as I like this time of year I hate when the clocks change as you feel like the day runs away from you. Anyway today I wanted to give you all an update on how my tragus piercing is doing as it’s been just over 2 months since I got it pierced, you can read about the initial piercing and where I got it done here so make sure to read that too if you haven’t already.
I got my tragus pierced the day after my birthday, I honestly thought there would be more pain and swelling than I’ve had. So initially I took a photo every day for 2 weeks, and then I realised that it wasn’t doing anything. There was very minimal swelling thankfully..
I got pierced with a 10mm labret (1.2 gauge), it’s better to pierce with a longer labret to allow for swelling either from the natural healing process or infection, if the labret is too short and your piercing swells the labret can embed which leads to further complications. For the first 2 weeks there was a little redness and swelling but not as bad as when I had my lobes pierced, towards the end of the 2 weeks I couldn’t wait to go back to the parlour and get my labret changed as due to the length of the bar I kept knocking it which hinders healing.
I was off work the first week of having my piercing so this enabled me to clean it 3 times a day every day, then for the next week I cleaned it once in the morning and once at night. I was told to clean the piercing with mild salty water once a day if I can recall correctly, I personally didn’t want this hassle of preparing salt water so I used EasyPiercing Saline Cleaning Solution sprayed on to a cotton stick. I was fully prepared if something went wrong as I did not follow Ancient Art’s instructions but thankfully it was all fine.
Fast forward 2 weeks and I was back at Ancient Art ready for my new shorter labret. I managed to get attended to by Tammy again who praised my original post and was very impressed with the look of my piercing so she was happy to move forward and change my labret to a 8mm 1.2 gauge with a little bit of bling in the centre.
I was told whether or not I should continue cleaning this piercing so I kept up cleaning twice a day. It was a few weeks shortly after this that something started to happen… a Keloid started to develop.
I was aware this could happen as it’s a cartilage piercing, so I consulted the internet and also my colleague who recently had her nose pierced developed a small bump that went down and she recommended using salt to clean it continously. So I took a mix of this advice and started applying a salt pack every night to the piercing..
Then due to the shape of the ball I noticed I kept catching the piercing still which started to get quite sore so I bought a really nice internally threaded labret from blue banana, their service was very quick and I was really happy with the labret I received. As the ball is an inverted triangle shape it was more snug to my ear and harder to knock by accident.
It took a while for the bump to go down but thankfully it has reduced a lot and isn’t so unsightly, the plan is to continue with the salt packs and to avoid knocks.
So all in all my experience has been good so far there are a few things I’ve noticed with the piercing that I didn’t read about or see in reviews but I would like to share these in my final post roughly around the 6 months mark when it should have hopefully all healed by then.
Let me know in the comments below what your favourite piercing is or if you would like me to blog about the salt pack method ⬇
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