If you’re itching for a new piercing but you want something a little less traditional, consider a helix piercing. The helix piercing is gaining in popularity as people become more creative with their body jewelry. Here’s what you need to know.
The term helix piercing is used to describe just about any piercing that is placed in the upper half of the cartilage of your ear, just above the tragus. Many people choose to get double or triple helix piercings stacked one on top of the other. In addition, while the standard helix piercing is on the outside cartilage curl of the ear, you can also get a forward helix piercing that is close to the face and on the inner part of the ear where the cartilage folds around and creates a flat spot. Not all people have a large enough area of cartilage to pierce, so make sure to check with your piercer before deciding a specific location. We are happy to work with you to find the perfect spot.
It is difficult to say exactly how long your body will take to heal after a helix piercing. What we do know is that cartilage piercings take longer to heal than soft tissue piercings. A typical earlobe piercing heals very quickly – within a few weeks usually – but a helix piercing may take several months up to a year or longer to fully heal. The most important factor is keeping the piercing properly cleaned and not changing your jewelry too soon after the initial piercing.
The best tip to help your piercing heal is to not touch it at all except for cleaning. Bacteria on your hands can get into the piercing and cause infections. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching your piercing for any reason. You should also avoid using any healing creams or cleaners that are not approved by your piercer. Your piercer will give you information on a safe cleaning regimen to follow, and have aftercare products available for you to purchase.
Cleaning your piercing is not just something you should do in the first few days. It is something you should continue doing until the piercing is completely healed. Keep in mind, piercing wounds heal in a peak and valley pattern. One day, the piercing may seem completely healed, the next, it can be red, sore, and draining. This is common, so just keep doing your aftercare. If you think your piercing may be infected, see a doctor.
Fans of the helix piercing have taken to the web to show off their creativity. On sites like Instagram and Pinterest you can get tons of ideas for how to dress up your new piercing. Hoops and horseshoes are very popular right now, along with dangling accents that drop down into the ear.
At the Almost Famous Body Piercing, we’ve seen a lot of trends come and go, but the helix piercing is here to stay.