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Monday, September 20, 2010

Helix And Helix Orbital Piercings

By Rian Haswanda

Many people have helix piercings, although they may not realize it. Many people refer to their helix piercing as "my cartilage piercing" and the area in question is the upper portion of the ear. It's very common to see someone with their earlobes pierced, and a couple of other piercings located good for ear. It's not a "cartilage piercing" as many people proudly proclaim. It's a Helix Piercing.

Calling a Helix Piercing a cartilage piercing is a misnomer, because your entire ear (sans earlobes) uses cartilage. Any piercing not on your earlobe (which is most people's first ear piercing) is a cartilage piercing. The stereotypical second and third holes ascending from the earlobe are cartilage piercings; in the following paragraphs, we shall call this particular high in ear piercing by its proper name - the Helix.

After the earlobes, the Helix is one of popular piercing in America. For many individuals, the Helix is their first venture into the wonderful world of body piercing. Unfortunately for many individuals, it was probably pierced in a mall via a piercing gun. Should you be considering getting your Helix pierced, don't get it pierced in a mall - visit a professional piercing parlor and get pierced with a sterile, safe, piercing needle instead of an unhygienic and damaging piercing gun. With that in mind, when you have committed to a Helix piercing, your piercer will have no trouble piercing it for you - the Helix is incredibly easy to pierce.

Your piercer will probably recommend getting pierced with a hoop or captive bead ring, on this particular piercing, and I highly suggest complying with this recommendation. Of course, you may really want a barbell, and your piercer may think that's a possible option for you, so do what you feel like you grasp. A common advantage a hoop or ring has is that it accommodates swelling better and holes pierced with rings and hoops tend to heal faster, but to each their own!

You will sit in the piercing chair, which almost always looks like a dentist chair, and your piercer will make mark when you wear it. You're able to think about the mark and approve or disapprove of the location, once the location has been agreed upon; your piercer will push the needle through your ear on your exhale. The jewelry is practically instantly inserted, and once the ball has been secured, your fabulous new piercing is done! The Helix piercings will not affect your hearing, speech, nervous system, balance, etc. These are all rumors - ignore them. It's a very safe piercing, and the pain should only last for a split second.

You can even get a Helix Orbital, which is two piercings on the Helix conjoined by one piece of jewelry. This piercing is slightly more complicated because the piercer has to measure the space between the piercings correctly, but it shouldn't be a problem for a professional.

Cartilage does take longer to heal than the earlobe - and this piercing will be the equivalent of a year to completely heal. It may look fine and feel fine after six months, but I am not saying it's fully healed; twelve months is apparently the magic number for Helix Piercings. Cell phone use, sleeping on it, gel from your hair, dirty fingers touching the piercing, and ignoring proper aftercare procedures will probably result in an infection. This is avoided by not touching the piercing, soaking it in warm saline solution, not banging objects against it (cell phones really are the biggest offenders), and having a gentle touch will significantly help in preventing infection. Even with constant care, swelling, redness, and bleeding are still common occurrences for the first couple weeks, but these should all subside by two months or so.

As many people do, you may get multiple piercings in your Helix. This can be a wonderful way to express your individuality and creativity, but just allow time for you're to heal before changing the jewelry. Have fun with your Helix piercing, and remember with Helix piercings, your imagination is the only limit!

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