What is Helix Piercing?
Ear piercing is common, whether you are young or old, male or female; black or white. There are actually different types of ear piercing; one of these is helix piercing, in the upper portion of the curved ridge of the person’s ear (the helix). It is normally done to insert jewelry, particularly earrings. This kind of ear piercing procedure is considered to be painful and takes longer to heal than earlobe piercing.
During ancient times, body piercing was very famous, normal and commonly included helix piercing. Some of people who lived in the western part of the world such as those in India, Nepal and Tibet are known to still practice such ancient rituals or procedures.
Earrings attached at the upper ridge curve
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Helix Piercing Procedure
This is the recommended way to pierce the helix portion of the ear, as suggested by doctors:
- First, wash the hands with an anti-bacterial soap thoroughly.
- Next, sterilize the needle to be used for the piercing procedure with warm, soapy water and alcohol.
- Before actually piercing the skin, dampen the needle with water and add a few drops of anti-bacterial soap and lather it using a cotton bud.
- Keep the needle soaked in anti-bacterial soap in the pierced hole for about two minutes, rotating it, so as to disinfect the pierced area.
- Lastly, rinse the pierced area well with water and leave it for a couple of minutes to dry. Avoid touching or wiping it to prevent possible infection.
Helix piercing procedure
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What are the Types & Location of Helix Piercing?
Forward Helix Piercing
The piercing is placed horizontally, which is directly seen above the person’s ear canal or above the tragus portion, and can be seen at the front rim portion of the ear.
Anti Helix Piercing
Otherwise known as a snug, which is a kind of ear piercing that passes through the anti-helix portion of the ear, located medially to laterally.
Triple Helix Piercing
This type of helix piercing is located in the front area (root of the helix) of the ear, which is encircled three times. It is a spiral kind of helix piercing.
Spiral Helix Piercing
This requires multiple piercing, with each relative position located in order to accommodate the spiral jewellery to be inserted.
Inner Helix Piercing
This type is found in the crux of the helix, which can be seen just above the ear canal opening.
Why do People Tend to Have Helix Piercing?
People who opt for helix piercing do it mainly for pleasure of the art, and adorning their ears with jewellery. This kind of ear piercing is possible using a hoop, cuff, or stud earrings. It is also possible to opt for industrial, cuff, dangle and bioplast cartilage earrings, which come in numerous styles and designs.
As mentioned earlier, helix piercing was famous in ancient times. The Greeks, Asians, Romans and Egyptians all adopted this kind of ear piercing. They liked the idea of decorating their bodies with jewellery for beautification purposes and also for warding off evil or demons. Nowadays, people do helix piercing for many different reasons.
Helix Piercing, Risks & Complications
The two most common complications associated with helix piercing are:
Infection: This can occur due to unhygienic helix piercing methods, poor quality piercing equipment, frequent fidgeting of the pierced area with dirty hands and the wearing of tight earrings made of poor quality.
Ear infection due to unhygienic piercing procedure
Scarring: There is a risk of scarring when an ear is pierced for the first time. This can lead to harming the ear tissue which leads to scar formation surrounding the pierced ear. This is characterized by a ridge or bump, which may tend to bleed.
To avoid such complications, correct and hygienic piercing procedures should always be followed and only carried out by an experienced professional. Avoidance of chlorinated water in swimming pools and other products which may lead to irritation is highly recommended while the new piercing is still healing.
How Long Does Helix Piercing Take To Heal?
It can take from 3 to 12 months for it to completely heal. The healing period can vary for each person depending on the exact helix piercing procedure used, as well as avoiding things such as swimming, the use of beauty products, touching the piercing with dirty hands, undergoing unhygienic procedures and similar factors.
If the person who underwent the helix piercing observes all the hygiene recommendations, precautions and aftercare advice, and avoids any complications, then it is likely that the healing period can be achieved faster.
Helix Piercing Pictures
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Proofreaded and updated for grammar and quality by Jean on 30/8/2012.