Common Questions Regarding Forward Helix Piercings

Common Questions Regarding Forward Helix Piercings

Forward helix piercings are growing in popularity among residents of Newmarket and Mississauga. The style is timeless, unique and suits any gender or age. With the ability to dress this piercing up or down, it’s no wonder this style is becoming widely favoured among the masses. As with all growing trends, there are a few things you should know before you go out and get one. 

So, let’s take a look at some of the more notable questions and answers we see at If you find that you have more questions after reading this guide or are ready to schedule an appointment for your own piercing, reach out to us today. We would love to help you get the perfect piercing and jewelry combination that you won’t want to wait to show off! 

What Is A Forward Helix Piercing?

A forward helix piercing is a body piercing located in the upper cartilage of the ear. If you know what your tragus is, it’s located just above that. If you don’t, take your finger and start at the earlobe. Follow the outside of the ear to just below the tip. Now, slide your finger across the front of your ear till you are touching the cartilage on the other side. This is where the forward helix piercing goes. Depending on your anatomy, helix piercings can come in a double or even triple style.

How Much Does A Forward Helix Piercing Cost?

The cost of this piercing can vary. There are a few different factors that affect the actual total. 

These include:

  • Location/Popularity of the shop
  • Experience of the piercer
  • Type of jewelry
  • Style (single, double, triple piercing)

When it comes to piercings of any kind you want to go with a studio or parlour with highly trained, experienced and caring staff that have a track record of positive results for their customers. At Pierced we take time to help each customer understand and feel comfortable with the process, as well as consult on aftercare and the best jewelry options.

How Much Does It Hurt?

It’s difficult to say just how much this piercing is going to hurt. An individual’s ability to tolerate pain has a lot to do with their experience. It has been said that this type of piercing falls in the mid-range as far as piercings are concerned. For example, you can expect it to hurt more than getting your lobes pierced, but less than more sensitive piercings such as the nostril.

The experience of the piercer and your aftercare routine have a lot to do with the pain. If you get a piercer who knows what they are doing, odds are the experience will be fast, smooth and largely pain-free with the sharp pain associated with piercings lasting for the blink of an eye during the actual puncturing of the hole for placement of the jewelry.

Make sure your piercer is using a needle to pierce your forward helix and not a piercing gun. Needles are faster, less painful, and sterile. There are too many parts of a piercing gun that cannot be sterilized and that may lead to infection later on. If you get an infection the piercing will hurt, take longer to heal, or may have to be removed all together. At pierced we use advanced sterilization techniques and all piercers are trained on proper use of piercing needles, helping provide a better experience for our customers.

How Long Is The Healing Process?

Everyone heals differently. If you keep up with the aftercare, a forward helix piercing takes 4 - 6 months to fully heal. As long as there are no complications and downsizing can be performed at 12 could take as little as three months to heal. Some individuals report being fully healed after six months. So plan on three to six months depending on how quickly you heal. There are some things that can lengthen the healing time. After getting your piercing you will want to avoid:

Playing with your piercing

Your piercer will advise you not to play with your piercing until it's healed. Moving it around too much can slow the healing process. Friction can re-expose areas that have already scabbed over.

Sleeping on that side of your head

The friction of your piercing rubbing against your pillow can cause irritation and seeping on a piercing can also change the angle of your piercing, making it face the wrong way or appear off center. You can also develop an infection if your pillowcase isn’t clean.

Removing your piercing

You will be advised to keep your piercing in so that the hole doesn’t close up before it heals. 

Touching your piercing without washing your hands

You will want to wash your hands before you clean your piercing. If your hands are dirty they may cause an infection.

Final Thoughts About Forward Helix Piercings

Make sure you find a shop you trust before getting your piercing. Ask as many questions as you can think of, and make sure you’re comfortable before moving forward. The forward helix piercing is both an investment of your time and money, but it’s totally worth both. Once healed, this piercing is easy to maintain and timeless in design.   

And if you live in the Newmarket or Mississauga area, make sure to give us a call or stop by our fun and friendly piercing parlours. We’d love to learn more about how we can help you get a piercing you’ll want to show off for years to come. 

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