Amongst the more popular facial piercings, the helix piercing is perhaps the most common. This may have something to do with the fact that the ear, has for some time, been a popular place for piercings and is therefore more acceptable than, say, through the nose or eyebrow.
As a helix piercing is not seen as being too ‘way out’, it may be acceptable to wear one in, for example, an office environment, although this will depend on the policy of the companies involved.
What is a helix piercing?
A helix piercing is a piercing that penetrates the cartilage at the rim of the ear. It is also sometimes referred to as a forward helix piercing. Having two holes pierced, with barbell jewelry joining them is referred to as a double helix piercing. The piercing usually takes around 2 months to start to heal and will be fully healed after about a year.
Will my Helix Piercing Hurt?
Probably, yes. As with any piercing, you are injuring, temporarily, a part of your body so it is to be expected that a certain amount of pain will be felt. The cartilage in the ear is difficult to penetrate too, so a reasonable amount of force will need to be applied to ensure that the needle goes through. You are likely to hear a popping noise as it gives way. The pain, however, should be short lived and bearable. If you have a low pain threshold though, you may want to avoid all piercings and not just a helix piercing. One point to note is that, under no circumstances, should a piercing gun be used for this procedure. If your piercer tells you otherwise, simply walk away.
How Much Should I expect to pay?
A helix piercing cost really depends on too many factors to give a definitive answer here. You may find cheaper piercers but, as with all piercings, it is always worth spending a little extra to ensure that you have it done in a safe environment. As a ballpark figure though, you should probably expect to pay in the region of $25 to $50 for your piercing.
How do I look after my Helix Piercing?
Whilst you shouldn’t have too many problems after the piercing, there are a few things that will help to prevent infections. The most obvious one is not to touch your new piercing with your fingers, and especially dirty fingers. This is a sure way to get an infection. You can use a warm saline solution, dabbing it gently with a cotton wool pad to clean it. Your piercer will advise on the correct solution and method at the time of the piercing. Also, try to avoid wearing clothes that may catch on the piercing as this is likely to cause you some pain.
In summary though, once the piercing has been done, and provided that you look after it during the healing period, you should be able to enjoy your helix piercing for many years to come.