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Things You Should Know Before Getting Your Helix Pierced

Helix Piercing
Ear piercings are very popular amongst people of any age, gender, or nationality. A helix piercing is done on the upper curved ridge of the ear. Read more about this piercing in this article.
ThoughtfulTattoos Staff
Last Updated: Dec 10, 2017
Many people opt for helix piercings in order to make a fashion statement. As far as accessories are concerned, the ear is a very popular choice for getting a variety of piercings. The simplest one is done on the lobe, but getting one on the upper ear is a trend that has become far too common.
Helix is the curved part on the upper portion of the ear. Go ahead and touch that portion of your ear, and you will soon realize that this part hurts immensely when pierced, as it is extremely sensitive. For this reason, the risk of infection is very high, as compared to other types of piercings, and it requires more time and attention in order to heal completely.
The associated pain is not something that everyone will be comfortable with, so if you wish to get this piercing, you must put a lot of thought into your decision beforehand. This is not an easy piercing, as it takes anything between 2-12 months to heal completely. This is a rather long time for an ear piercing to heal, so you must be extremely wary and completely sure when you decide to go get one for yourself.
Process
The process is not very different from the way other piercings are carried out. When one is getting the ear lobes pierced, a piercing gun may also be used. This is not possible for a helix piercing, and only a sterile needle can be used for this purpose, which is kept in place inside the cartilage till the jewelry is placed.

It is normal to observe a lot of itching, swelling, redness, and pain in the ear for a few days after the piercing has been done. This is perfectly normal, as the body requires some time to adjust to this external agent. A piercing gun cannot be used for this procedure, as the force and the sudden shock produced by it could potentially damage the cartilage.
Aftercare
The ear requires cautious aftercare, as it runs a very high risk of catching an infection. The very first and most obvious thing is to not touch the piercing for the first 2-3 days. The ear will be sore, and touching it will only make it worse. Consciously control your urges to touch the pierced part. After a while, you can start touching it without discomfort, but you must ensure that your hands have just been washed with a disinfectant right before you touch it. Avoiding any infection is very important, and this can only be done by following and maintaining a high degree of cleanliness and hygiene.

You can wash the pierced area after a few days with some anti-bacterial soap. Do not use your fingers directly to work up a lather though, use a cotton swab instead. Wash the area thoroughly, and also wipe off any dirt that may have collected on the jewelry item. Now, use a soft towel to gently wipe it dry. It is also advisable to use lukewarm water for this procedure. Avoid the following things and activities in order to prevent infection:
  • Direct and rough contact with anything or anyone.
  • Dipping the pierced part into the sea, lake, or any other open water body.
  • Applying alcohol on the pierced area or anywhere around it.
  • Using any sprays or other cosmetic products in the areas immediately around the piercing.
  • Rubbing the portion against clothing while getting dressed and undressed.
The healing time also means that you need to take care of it far longer than any other routine piercing.
If you have somehow contracted an infection, you could be in for a lot of trouble and complications. So, you need to be very careful and take a lot of care of it. Knowing all this, it becomes clear why one needs to be absolutely and completely prepared before going ahead and getting their helix pierced.