I post this to hopefully save you guys a little grief. Tonight I had to go and have my Tragus fixed because my initial ear piercing had shrunk so small. I was NOT happy!
~A little background: two weeks ago, I had to have two different MRI scans (one for my neck and one for my brain; on different days). I had to remove all of my jewelery for the scans. Since I was nervous wreck about needing the scans in the first place, a piercing retainer was the LAST thing on my mind! I was only in the first scan for about 45-50 minutes, but my Tragus had already close up so much that it was tough just to get a regular earring in until I get get the shop to put my original labret stud in. Since I knew I was going to have another MRI scan the next week, I just wore a small earring in that ear until I got the other scan over with. I figured that there was no use in getting it fixed just to take it out again. So, since my scans were over with for now, I got it fixed tonight.
I sincerely think that having your piercing stretched is more painful than the initial piercing!
So lesson learned, had I just got a clear plastic retainer in the first place, I could have prevented the need to have my piercing stretched out and saved myself a little pain!
You live and you learn my lovelies...