Ear & Body Piercing/tragus piercing


I just got my tragus pierced this afternoon. I got the curved barbell instead of the horseshoe. I was told the ball on the curved barbell can possibly fall out. I want to know how to prevent it from falling out and i would like to know how likely it is to fall out. The piercer said he screwed the ball on tight but im still worried.

I apologise for the delay in my response. I am at the APP conference teaching this week http://www.cvent.com/events/association-of-professional-piercers-18th-annual-con

Any jewelry design should be monitored to ensure that it stays tightly attached. Your responsibility as the wearer is to check the piece when you go about your aftercare routine.

In most cases, the jewelry will remain tight if the piercer firmly affixed it in the first place. This is "just in case" so you know to check, like you would learn to check the laces of your shoes to be aware if they are coming loose, and act accordingly.

I don't use curved barbells in tragus piercings, as I note that they have a tendency to flop forward or backward, which can lead to an off center healing process. Perhaps you can consider a change to a new straight piece some time in the future when you stop by for a check up.

http://jewelry.piercing.org/ explains the qualities you look for in new jewelry

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Brian Skellie


I can answer questions in regards to and not limited to: jewelry safety, specifically material, shape, proportion, and related issues; aseptic technique and sterilization as it applies to piercing safety; ethical issues of technique and bedside manner; the aftercare and recovery process for piercings. *Available for consultation.


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Currently serving on the APP Board of Directors as President, formerly as Global Media Director 2013-2014, International Liaison 2010-13, Treasurer 1997-99. Over fifteen years with ASTM and APP.

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