Getting a Helix Piercing

Ever wanted to do something for ageeeees and then all of a sudden it’s like yep, today is the day? Well I did just that last week…

Helix Ear Piercing

Yep, I’ve been wanting a helix piercing for so long now and I finally went and did it. I mentioned it in my Life in June post, but I figured I’d write a bit more about how the whole process was.

It kind of just happened to be honest. Like I said, I’d been wanting it done for ages but I just never got round to doing it. Plus, I was being a bit of a wimp… I’ve had my lobes pierced twice (once when v. young, once when around 14) and I couldn’t tell you what they felt like. I can’t remember. I do know that I had them done with a gun though, and well, I’ve since learned that isn’t a great method. I also have my navel pierced and two tattoos, so you’d think I wouldn’t get so nervous.

I decided on the Saturday that I was getting it done on my next day off, which happened to be the following Tuesday. I didn’t tell anyone I was doing it, and in that time worked myself up to it being really painful, then back down like it wouldn’t be so bad…

Getting my Helix Pierced

After doing some research, I walked into the tattoo/piercing place on Tuesday afternoon to see if they could fit me in. Like most places I imagine, that was no problem for a piercing. I had to fill in some health forms and such, then I was taken into a separate room. Given the option, I chose to get a ring. The lady doing the piercing was really nice and kept me at ease whilst she got everything out and ready. Obviously everything was packaged and sterile, and she put gloves on before cleaning my ear and marking out a dot. I had her change the placement a little higher when she told me to have a look and then that was it – I was ready!

The actual needle bit really wasn’t too bad – it was just a bit of a sting. Her putting the actual jewellery through really stung. The whole process must have taken less than a minute to be honest and was really quick. Once the ring was in, she then spent a good few minutes cleaning my ear. That’s the bit that took the longest, but it wasn’t painful.

Helix Piercing Healing Process

That night my ear felt a little hot but otherwise perfectly fine. Seven days have passed and I haven’t had any throbbing or pain besides when I’ve accidentally hit it or leaned on it. I did have some bleeding for the first 3-4 days, but that’s expected when you poke a hole through your body… I’d clean the dried blood off and it’d be there again by the end of the day. This had stopped by Friday though, and since then I’ve only had random specks of blood there a couple of times.

Sleeping has also been easy. I’ve had to switch the side that I’m sleeping on but honestly it hasn’t affected me. I’m one of those lucky people who can drop off pretty easily. I’m impressed actually at how still I’ve managed to sleep. Or at least, I’m waking up in the same spot anyway…

The healing process can last anywhere from up to 6 weeks to 6 months, and my ear definitely still feels tender to touch. I’ve seen people online saying that their healing process has taken even longer! I’m hoping that it’ll be healed on the quicker side really. I’m dying to change this ring out to a smaller and prettier one. Already got my eye on a few!

Anyone have experience of healing a cartilage piercing?