Piercings serve several purposes in individual’s lives, for some, it is a means of identification/affiliation to something or someone, while others use them for aesthetic purposes. One of the most common types of piercings today is the helix piercing.
What’s A Helix Piercing?
The helix is the upper part of the ear (cartilage) and it is here that the piercing is done in order for you to be able to insert and wear a piece of jewelry, in most cases it is either a stud or a captive bead ring.
The whole procedure is done with the use of a small gauge hollow piercing needle. You may either have one helix piercing, or two, with the latter if you are looking to wear jewelry such as a barbell.
The Piercing Process
Just like with most other kinds of piercings, the helix piercing process involves the insertion of a sterilized needle into your helix cartilage and left there while the jewelry is inserted. It is not uncommon for you to experience some pain accompanied with slight bleeding.
Once you are done with the piercing, you need to ensure that you avoid touching the piercing as much as possible (due to the obvious reasons). You can ensure that the pierce remains clean by simply running clean, warm water over it like while in the shower.
Remember to handle it delicately as it can tear and lead to a condition known as hypertrophic scarring as well as prolonged healing. Make sure that your hands are also clean before touching the piercing.
There is no cause for alarm should you notice a bit of localized swelling as well as tenderness soon after the piercing as this is absolutely normal and expected. You should also avoid picking at the scarring of the tissue as it can introduce bacterial infection to your helix piercing.