Do you want to get a helix piercing and have many questions? I will show you what experience I had with the lancing myself, how long it took for it to heal, what it cost and the risks associated with this piercing on the ear.
Piercing on the auricle
There are so many different options for ear piercings.
The helix is definitely the most popular variant for a long time. This is punctured or punctured on the bulging edge of the auricle. This makes it one of the so-called cartilage piercings, which has the great advantage that it does not grow as quickly, even if you do not wear it for a long time.
Let the helix piercing pierce
If you have now decided and want to get a helix piercing, then you should look for a good piercer.
Important Note: Piercings on the ear are repeatedly stung at the jeweler or doctor. This can only be discouraged. Problems with healing can occur when ear piercing in the cartilage area and even a doctor does not have as much experience as a piercer, whose daily business is part of it.
What happens at the piercer?
When you have arrived at the piercer, the process will be something like this:
- First you will be allowed to sit in the chair; the piercer will mark the place where the helix is to be stung. Here you also have the opportunity to have a say in whether you like it at the point or you would like it a little higher or lower.
- Then the ear is disinfected.
- He will hold your ear with a pair of pliers, and from now on it means stop moving.
- Depending on whether you want to have it punctured or stung, the exciting moment will come when it tingles particularly hard in the stomach area.
- As soon as the needle is through, the plug or ring is inserted and you have your helix piercing.
Especially when you are thinking about getting a piercing, the question of pain immediately arises. You rummage from one piercing info page to the next to find as much experience as possible about how severe the pain will be. At the end of this research, however, you will find that everyone has a different sensation of pain and one says so and the other so.
I can tell you from my personal experience that the piercing was quite painful, but not so that it could not be endured. If the cartilage is pricked, it is always a little more uncomfortable than if the puncture channel only goes through the skin. But you can also read that many people did not find the stinging of the helix painful at all.
Therefore: Don’t worry and go ahead – the short pain is over before you can say “Aua”.
Have the Helix Piercing punched?
Punching means that it is not stung normally, but punched out with a biopsy needle, this avoids the pressure pain that you automatically get when you sting a cartilage. The healing time is also reduced, but not so much that this could be a reason to puncture the helix piercing instead of letting it pierce. But if you want to have a larger diameter than the classic 1.2 or 1.6 mm, it is certainly the method of choice for you.
It is best to talk to your piercer about which method is best for you.
Pierce the ear piercing yourself
If you now come up with the idea of piercing your own ear piercing, I can only strongly advise against it. No piercing should be stung yourself, because you simply lack the necessary experience, which can lead to nasty inflammation and badly or wrongly pierced piercings. And piercing really isn’t that expensive that you couldn’t have it done by a professional.
The cost of a helix piercing is between 40 and 60 Euros depending on the piercer. Usually the price for the helix
- The stinging
- The advice and
- The first jewelry includes.
With some piercers you also get the appropriate care product. The follow-up inspection and the opportunity to report any questions are usually part of the good service.
Tip: Most piercing studios have published a price list on their website. It’s worth taking a look beforehand.
Risks and dangers
Ultimately, there is no piercing without risks, although most of them are very limited. When piercing the cartilage, it usually takes a little longer for the piercing to heal. You can basically adjust to that. The helix, if done well, is no more dangerous than any other piercing.
Choosing a good piercing studio is essential for a risk-free piercing that you can enjoy for a long time.
Fear of game meat? It no longer has to be. These discs are simply attached to the piercing and on the one hand prevent the game meat from being created and on the other hand ensure that it goes away again.
Healing with helix piercing
Let’s get to what I just announced, Helix healing. As previously mentioned, it is normal for piercings that are pierced or punctured by the cartilage to take a long time to heal. It will normally take 2 to 6 months for the helix to heal. In exceptional cases, the piercing can still make you bitch for up to a year before it has completely healed.
The right care
As with every wound, care is also essential when it comes to helix piercing. To prevent your piercing from lighting up, you should only touch it with freshly washed hands and move as little as possible. The fact that you have to constantly turn or move a piercing is outdated and not useful for quick healing.
The best way to care for your helix is to clean it 1-2 times a day. For this you need:
Kitchen paper, kitchen paper or similar what does not fluff
- Lukewarm water,
- PH neutral soap.
- Wash your hands with soap.
- Dip the paper towel in lukewarm water. Spread over the puncture points and the balls of the piercing jewelry or ring and wait about a minute so that the crust can soften a little. Tip: If you twist the kitchen paper into a thin, firm sausage, it works best.
- Then carefully remove the residues.
- Spray the puncture site with the disinfectant, but move the piercing as little as possible during the entire procedure.
Please do not use a cotton swab to clean, as it is too linty.
What should you pay attention to during the healing phase?
Healing is particularly difficult with helix piercing because you have to pay attention to so much. Long hair, for example, likes to hang on the ball of the stick and before you know it, you carelessly pull back individual strands of hair and tear at the freshly pierced piercing. Caps or headbands also harbor the risk that individual stitches get tangled on the rod and tear when you put them on or take them off.
Accordingly, the following applies to the healing phase:
- Avoid sleeping on the ear where the freshly pierced helix piercing is located.
- Be careful when combing, washing and grooming your hair.
- Avoid using headgear if possible.
- Slowly and carefully remove pullovers etc.
If you follow these tips and take good care of your piercing, it should heal easily.
Is your helix piercing inflamed and festering or bleeding?
The fact that the freshly pierced helix piercing is bleeding is completely normal and not a cause for alarm. However, this should not last for too long and calm down quickly.
It is not normal for the helix piercing to fester and is the first sign that it has caught fire. However, that’s no reason to panic now. It is best to talk to your piercer and let him advise you on how to proceed.
Game meat can also form during a piercing that is pierced through the cartilage. If you discover a bump around the puncture channel, contact your piercer for this.
My personal experience
I myself wished for a helix piercing early on and it was the first, apart from the ear holes that I had as a child. Unfortunately, I was not yet of legal age and my mum could not be dissuaded from getting a doctor to do it. Fortunately, I had no problems with it, although the healing time was quite long at 8 months. The pain when stinging was bearable and the big advantage – even if you have not worn the jewelry for a few months, you can easily get it back.
As you can see, there is no need to be afraid. Gets the helix piercing pierced and you will not understand what you were actually thinking about.