This is a popular kind of helix piercing where the perforation is done in the front portion at the top of the ear. In comparison to the normal helix piercing this one is a little complicated.
How is forward helix piercing done
It is advisable to get your piercing done from a reputed piercing studio in order to prevent infection. The piercing is to be done with a sterilized needle. The piercer marks a dot on your ear before starting the process to ensure that the piercing is being done in the correct location. In case of the forward helix, the area is first clamped and then the needle is slid in. The jewelry is put into the tube thread and screwed with the ball to ensure that it does not fall.
Forward helix piercing pain
The forward helix piercing can be painful at times as the front part of the cartilage is being perforated. This is why it is recommended to get it done from professionals. Swelling along with redness is quite common lasting for a few hours or a day or two. There may be a feeling of discomfort along with difficulties in smiling or sleeping. Itching is also a part of the healing process.
Forward helix piercing infection
This piercing style is a little delicate, being prone to infection if not done with proper care. One of the commonest infections is the hypertrophic scar or a raised bump formed around the piercing hole. If it does not go away by home treatment a doctor or dermatologist is to be consulted. Fever, nausea, vomiting, immense swelling, or a dark brown or yellow puss is symptoms of infection or an allergic reaction.
Forward helix piercing after care
- Do not touch the area after piercing as it may lead to infection.
- The piercing can be cleaned with a shower once a day or an anti-bacterial soap.
- It is recommended not to use cream as it may lead to bacterial growth.
- Peroxide is also to be avoided as it may cause swelling or blistering, thereby prolonging the process of healing.
- Clean it once or twice a day with a cotton ball, soaked in warm saline solution.
- Do not change your jewelry up to 8 weeks after the piercing is done as the area being an open wound needs healing time.
Forward helix piercing healing
According to experts this kind of piercing takes a healing time of about 2 to 12 months.
Forward helix piercing jewelry
The ideal jewelry to be used is a 1.2mm labret stud or a curved barbell.
Forward helix piercing cost
The minimum cost starts from about $20 mostly including the jewelry cost. This however depends from one shop to the other.
Different kinds of forward helix piercing
Single forward helix piercing
This is the single perforation done at the top of the ear, in the front portion. The pain felt during piercing lasts for a few seconds. The healing and infection depends on the aftercare.
Double forward helix piercing
This involves two perforations being done in the frontal helix region. Multiple piercings may increase the chance of infections. Therefore it is better to be done by a professional. All the necessary care and precautions is also to be taken to prevent any kind of infection. The double helix piercing may cost anywhere between $18 and $40.
Triple forward helix piercing
Here three piercings are done one after the other in the forward helix region. As the number of piercings increase, the chance of infection rises further. Pain is also strongly felt during triple forward helix piercing. If you are piercing in both the ears then the cost may be higher. The cost varies from one store to the other. Labret studs or small hoop rings are the suitable jewelries for this variety of piercing.