The tragus is the tough fold of cartilage that sticks out, away from the ear, at the entrance to the ear canal.
The tragus can vary in size and thickness from person to person and so it can take micro jewellery or 1.6 gauge standard jewellery, although the Ball Closure Rings and labrets, or barbells can still be quite short at 6mm to 8mm.
Healing Time: 8 - 16 weeks
Ear cartilage piercings generally take longer to heal than lobe piercings.
This is often due to a combination of things, such as the location of the piercing in the cartilage, the type of jewellery used and the tension that jewellery creates to the structure of the cartilage.
Using biocompatible plastics (like PTFE), cleaning cartilage regularly, and increasing your intake of minerals will certainly benefit your piercing; however a piercing will almost always be doomed to failure if improper jewellery and poor planning are used and left unmonitored.