In a double tragus piercing, you would have two perforations in your tragus instead of a single one. It gives you the opportunity to flaunt two different jewelry pieces, but you should have a fairly prominent tragus to allow you to get this piercing done. Sometimes, the vertical tragus and surface tragus piercings are also referred to as the double tragus piercing.
This piercing is done vertically through the skin adjacent to the cartilage of the tragus. Therefore it is also known by the name vertical tragus surface piercing. It looks extremely cute with the ends of barbells sticking out of it. It is nothing but a surface piercing done at the side of the tragus of the ear. Since the jewelry lies just under the skin, it suffers from a high rejection rate since the body perceives it as a foreign object.
The tragus piercing involves a perforation done through the little flap of cartilage that is an extension of the face and covers the opening of the ear canal partially. Though it boasts of a low rejection rate, its location near the bacteria-ridden ear canal makes it prone to irritation and infections. With proper care, however, you can sport different styles of jewelry on it, grabbing eyeballs with its looks. You would be glad to know that celebrities like Rihanna, Scarlett Johansson and Pink have been spotted sporting this cool piercing.
If you have a fairly large tragus, you could get a triple tragus piercing. It is a series of three holes placed vertically or in the shape of a triangle on the tragus. Deck it up with curved barbells and studs of different sizes and designs. You could even mix and match earrings on your triple tragus piercing. It is more painful and costs more than the double tragus piercing.
In this type of tragus piercing, the perforation passes through the tragus cartilage vertically. This piercing can only be done if your anatomy allows it. It is also known by the name sideburn piercing. However in most of its current forms, it is made to resemble a surface tragus piercing since the pain is much less.
For the double helix piercing, two piercings are done through the upper cartilage in the same position as the helix piercing. The two holes are placed one above the other. There should be enough space between the holes to enable easy removal of jewelry without disturbing the integrity of the ear. Though many opt for getting both the piercings in a single sitting with the piercer, it is advisable to get one piercing at a time since you would have to worry about the healing of only one at a given time.
The forward helix piercing is done lower down the rim of the outer cartilage of the ear. The hole’s placement is near the root of the helix, the outer rim of the ear. There can be a single or multiple piercings in the region. With the right piece of jewelry decorating it, this piercing can change your look for good.
The placement of the helix piercing is in the upper part of the outer cartilage. Being a rage in the 80’s it looks cool and trendy even to this day. Top-rated celebrities like Rihanna, Scarlet Johansson, Miley Cyrus and Kylie Jenner have been spotted sporting this subtle yet chic ear perforation on red carpets. The standard gauge used for the helix piercing is small, usually between 18G and 14G. Here is a lowdown of what to expect if you want to go for this one complete with aftercare tips.
The triple helix piercing involves three punctures in the upper outer ear cartilage, with sufficient space in between so that the jewelry don’t touch other. It is advisable to opt for only one piercing at a time, as you would only have to worry about the healing of a single piercing at any given time. This piercing allows you to flaunt three different styles of jewelry.
The bridge or earl piercing is a surface piercing done horizontally through the bridge of the nose, between the eyes. Though it appears to pass through the nasal bone, it just pierces the skin. It looks cool and trendy and makes you stand out in the crowd. It is quite a rage with the younger generation though people of any age can flaunt it in style.
How Is It Done
The piercer pinches the skin in the area and passes the needle straight through. Some may also place a clamp on the nose for accuracy.
Pain Scale: 4/10
Despite its location in a sensitive part of the face, it scores low on the pain scale. It is because the piercing passes through an area that doesn’t have many nerve endings. You can expect a little swelling in between the eyes and some discomfort afterward.
Bridge piercings usually take around 6-12 months to heal. It could be longer in some cases. The outer part of the piercing may appear to be healed while the inner part is yet to heal. So you should always consult your piercer before stopping aftercare or changing jewelry.
- Soak a clean paper towel in a saline solution and hold it to the piercing for 3-5 minutes. It flushes the piercing of dirt and kills harmful bacteria. Do the saline compress 2-3 times a day for best results.
- Ensure that the bridge area of your glasses or sunglasses don’t catch on the bridge piercing jewelry. Also, be extra careful while putting on or taking off your glasses to avoid interfering with the piercing.
- Don’t apply makeup or face products anywhere near the piercing since they contain chemicals that can cause irritation and subsequent infection or jewelry rejection.
- Since this type of nose piercing doesn’t run deep into the flesh, jewelry rejection is common. So if you notice the holes growing, red or flaky skin around the piercing or find that the jewelry has moved, take it out immediately to prevent scarring.
The best jewelry for this piercing are small, curved barbells since they nicely match the shape of the nose reducing the risk of rejection. You can go for ones with spikes or gemstones but remember that heavier jewelry may lead to rejection. Straight barbells should be avoided as they press against the holes. Surface bars lend the piercing a unique look.
It is possible to wear a captive bead ring on the piercing though it causes some pressure on the hole. So it is better to go with D-shaped captive bead rings to prevent migration caused by ring-related pressure. Choose jewelry made of hypoallergenic material like gold, stainless steel and titanium to reduce the risk of infection and rejection.
The cost of getting the piercing is around $50 since you would want to get it from a piercer who is experienced in surface piercings.
- Vertical bridge piercing
- Double bridge piercing
The recommended barbell length for this piercing is ½”-5/8” depending upon the width of your nose. There is no need for getting an extra-long bar for this one as bridge piercings are not known to swell a lot during healing.
The standard gauge for the bridge piercing is 14G or 12G.