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Helix Piercing

A helix piercing is located on the top, outer rim of the cartilage of the ear. A helix can be pierced with both a piercing gun and a needle. If the cartilage is not flat, it is suggested to pierce it with a needle. There will also be less swelling and a lower chance of infection if done with a needle. When a helix is pierced, several different kinds of jewelry can be used; stud, barbell, segment ring, tear drop ring, or BCR. Regardless of the style of jewelry that is used, it should be made out of titanium, surgical steel, or 14 to 18 karat gold.

The healing time for a helix is only 2 to 3 months. Jewelry should remain in at all times for up to one year to insure that healing is fully completed. The after care for a helix is very straight forward, similar to the ear lobe. The piercing should be cleaned once daily with a gentle soap and water. For the first few weeks after the piercing, sea salt soaks twice a day is guarantee sterilization. Refrain from touching the jewelry more than necessary. If the piercing is not cleaned properly however, problems can arise between 9 and 10 months after the piercing.

It's important that where you are getting your piercing is safe and sterile. If the piercing parlor is not sterile it is possible to get infections such as HIV and hepatitis. The first step taken at the parlor is paper work stating what piercing you are getting, the risks and aftercare instructions. If you are 16 years of age or younger, a guardian will need to sign approval.

The instruments, jewelry and technician need to be sterile. Some parlors use reusable tools that have been sterilized. Most will use fresh, single use instruments. These instruments and the jewelry should be in sealed packages that will be opened in front of you and the technician should always wear gloves.

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A helix piercing is located on the top, outer rim of the cartilage of the ear. A helix can be pierced with both a piercing gun and a needle. If the cartilage is not flat, it is suggested to pierce it with a needle. There will also be less swelling and a lower chance of infection if done with a...

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