What is a Tragus Piercing? And How Much It Cost?

A tragus piercing sits on the small area of cartilage that partially covers your ear canal. In terms of anatomy, the outer ear is made up of cartilage and skin. While the fleshy lobe remains the preferred choice among traditionalists looking to get pierced, areas of cartilage, like the tragus, may entice those interested in something slightly different, or in addition to, their already pierced lobe. According to Lewis, “As piercers, we’re looking for a small flat area that will support being pierced.

This is new perforation of tragus in front of the ear canal. It is done for the sole purpose to insert and wear different pieces of jewelry. The piercing is made of small gauge hollow piece needle. The story doesn’t end here; the jewelry is in small diameter captive bead ring or even the small gauge post style piercing. A related piercing is known as the anti-tragus piercing. This has become very popular practice nowadays. It first started in 2005, but back then, only a few people were comfortable with the concept. In those times, only hard core body modification fans resorted to this new type of modification.


Provided your ear is suitable, look great on pretty much everyone.” You may have also heard of a surface tragus piercing, which is placed in the same area as the tragus piercing, except rather than puncturing the cartilage, just the skin is pierced. However, because the jewelry lies beneath the skin, there may be a higher probability of the body rejecting it, deeming it a foreign object that needs to be pushed out.

Cost of a Tragus Piercing

The price of a tragus piercing will depend on where you’re getting it done, less for reasons that have to do with the act of piercing than for the piece of jewelry. The cost of tragus piercings typically falls within a range of $30 to $40. Lewis elaborates, “Most inner ear cartilage piercings are roughly the same price. Jewelry choices vary, the only limitation being: How many diamonds?”