A helix piercing is made through your upper ear or helix using a hollow, small gauge piercing needle. The most commonly worn jewelry worn includes a small diameter stud or captive bead ring. Your piercing will require more time to heal than most of the other types of piercings. This can be anywhere from three to six months. Prior to stopping your practices for aftercare or changing your jewelry, talk to your piercer.
If you have a history of keloids or a genetic predisposition, this is not the right piercing for you. Piercing your cartilage can potentially result in scarring or cartilage bumps. This is a lot more common for individuals prone to keloids. Once a keloid develops, surgical removal is necessary. You should speak with your physician if you have this issue before considering any piercings.
You also need to be able to control the urge to play with your new jewelry. It is easier to damage a cartilage piercing than almost any other type. Messing around with your jewelry while your body is still healing can damage your cartilage or cause an infection. If you know this is something you are going to do anyway, do not get this type of piercing.
The Rules for Aftercare of Helix Piercing
Due to the potential complications while you are healing, you will need to follow certain practices to avoid scarring or cartilage bumps. You need to be extremely careful while cleaning your helix piercing. You should use either a saline soak or salt bath two to three times every day. Be extremely careful you are not moving your jewelry around a lot while you are cleaning it.
If you move your jewelry too much, you can damage the surrounding skin. This can lead to bumpy scars. Soak a cotton ball in saline prior to holding it to your piercing very carefully. Soak your piercing for three to five minutes while holding the cotton ball completely still. After completing your soak, use a paper towel to carefully pat the area until it is dry.
Do not play with your jewelry. Damage to your cartilage is much more noticeable than damaging the skin anywhere else on your body. Although any piercing can result in some trauma to your skin if your jewelry is jiggled too much, your cartilage will not be nearly as forgiving. Try to avoid sleeping on your new jewelry. Do not wear hats or anything on your head that can move or touch your jewelry during the healing process.
The best option for your initial jewelry after your piercing is a cartilage stud because it will not move around as much as your other choices. Make sure you keep your piercing dry. Although every piercing should be kept dry, this is much more important for a cartilage piercing. Dampness is a magnet for bacteria. If you do not completely dry your piercing when it becomes damp, you are risking an infection.
A cartilage infection can result in cartilage bumps. Once they appear, they are hard to get rid of. Although some of them will disappear naturally, surgery is often necessary. This can cause additional scarring. You need to make certain your pillows are clean. Dirty pillows harbor nasty things such as dead skin and bacteria. The recommendation is purchasing a new pillow for your healing process.
You should also put on a new pillowcase every night to make certain it is clean. If you do not have time to do laundry, you can use a clean t-shirt as a covering for your pillow.
The Styles of Helix Jewelry
Once you have completely finished healing, you can choose from all of the different styles available. Helix jewelry will enable you to flaunt your individuality. There is an extremely wide selection of sensational styles. If you are interested in something more subtle for your helix piercing, a simple cartilage stud may be ideal. You can add a nice sparkle and some dazzle to your upper ear with small gemstones.
The charms available are really cute and show off your unique personality. If you want something less noticeable on the back of your ear, try a flat disc back. If you prefer a decoration on both sides of your ear, consider a ball back. One of the most popular helix styles is helix hoop earrings. The seamless hoops will provide you with a simple and sleek look.
This style is popular with individuals with multiple ear piercings due to the nice compliment for the surrounding jewelry. This style will not overwhelm your ear. If you want something easier to insert, segment and clicker rings are a good choice. They offer a seamless aesthetic. Captive bead rings will look absolutely fantastic. You get the best of everything due to the combination of the bead and hoop.
Captive bead rings are available in simple metal or colorful beads including Baltic amber, opals and pearls. If you want a unique look, ear cuffs wrap around your ear. The style is a lot like a hoop, but they are more intricate and thicker. Circular and curved barbells are an excellent option. These styles are popular among individuals with several different styles of bead jewelry in their ears.
Cartilage shields are much bigger. This will draw attention to your ear jewelry. The pieces are are stunning and dangle from your ear. They also hide most of your cartilage.
The Variations Piercings
You can really individualize your look because there is plenty of room on your cartilage for more than one piercing variation. The curve in your ear prior to connecting to your temple is called the forward helix. This is an excellent area to wear cartilage studs with dazzling gemstones or small charms. When you combine this with additional piercings, the result is amazing.
You can line your outer ear with a chain of stunning jewelry. The quadruple, triple or double helix piercing is becoming increasingly common. This consists of multiple piercings along your ear. One of the best combinations is forward, upper lobe and auricle piercings. This will enable your to have a lengthy chain of jewelry running the full length of your ear.
Unfortunately, there is a limit to the number of piercings you can have along your cartilage. There has to be enough space in between your jewelry or you will not be able to maintain the integrity of your ear or change out your jewelry safely and easily. If you are interested in multiple piercings, you should get each one separately. Not only will this make certain you have enough room, but it will also make your healing process easier.