It’s hard to believe that just a few decades ago, something as simple as piercing your ears was largely frowned upon.
Today it seems like there’s a piercing for just about every part of your body. With so many options, long gone are the days of the traditional single ear piercing. And naturally, one atypical kind of piercing is taking the world by storm. Celebrities such as Miley Cyrus and Scarlet Johansson are getting their helixes pierced.
But what exactly is a helix piercing? Well you’re about to find out.
A helix piercing is defined as any piercing made to the upper ear cartilage.
While most people opt into getting a single piercing along the outer upper cartilage, a brave few are getting multiple piercings in the same area.
These piercings are known as a double or triple helix.
Things get even more confusing depending on what part of the cartilage you have pierced. If you follow your upper cartilage around to the front of the ear, then your piercing is known as a forward helix.
No matter the location, all helix piercings require the same care.
Unlike other piercings, a helix piercing can take anywhere from three to six months to heal.
The care for a fresh helix piercing is very similar to other piercings. The use of a saline solution and cotton balls is your best option for avoiding infection.
One important thing to remember when getting a helix piercing is not to twist or change out the jewelry until the area has completely healed. Failure to do so can result in serious infection or rejection of the piercing.
But no matter how careful you are with maintaining your helix, infections can still happen. Check out what happened to this poor woman. (Be warned that it’s pretty nasty.)