Double helix piercings are an increasingly popular type of piercing among all age groups.
It’s easy to understand why. They're trendy, with their eye-catching design and have a wide assortment of available jewelry options to choose from. They also look amazing with any piercings you may already have.
But before you go rushing off to get your own, it’s a good idea to do a little research first. You will want to understand exactly what you are getting yourself into and understand what to expect.
So, let’s take a look at what you should know before deciding to get a double helix piercing.
Types of Double Helix Piercings
There are two types of helix piercings. One is the standard helix and the other is the forward helix. The only real difference is found in the placement of the piercing itself relative to the structure of the ear. A double –helix refers to the number of piercings you are having done. If you are getting a double, you will have a pair of piercings done vertically. Usually with one piercing will be right above the other.
The standard double helix is placed through the cartilage at the top of the ear and is located towards the posterior/rear part of the ear. If you take your finger and run it from your earlobe to the tip, this location is usually where a helix piercing goes.
Double Forward Helix
A double forward helix is located across from a double helix, in the cartilage facing forward. It’s located in the cartilage right above your tragus. This is known as the front, or forward, part of your ear.
What to Expect When You Get Pierced
If you have had your ears pierced before you already have a good idea of what to expect. The procedure for a double helix isn’t all that different from other piercings you may have had in the past.
Repeatable Piercing Studio
Step one is finding a reputable piercing parlour you can trust. At Pierced.co our team is comprised of talented, experienced and caring piercing artists. Having the right piercer can result in reduced risk of infection, lessened pain, and a superiorly placed and positioned piercing that will last.
Experience with Cartilage
Another important aspect is to make sure your piercer has experience with cartilage piercings. Meet with them before you have it done and ask as many questions as you can think of. You will want to be comfortable with the procedure before getting started. It’s also a good idea to make sure your piercer is using the proper tools and working in a clean environment.
Needles, not a Piercing Gun
Double check and make sure they are using needles and not a piercing gun. Needles are going to be faster, cleaner, and safer. Piercing guns cause trauma to cartilage and spread infection. There are just some parts of a piercing gun that cannot be sterilized. At Pierced we only use needles. Your piercer should also be using several pairs of gloves throughout the piercing process to ensure no cross-contamination before touching your ear.
Once you're ready, they will prepare the area on your ear by cleaning it first. Then they will mark where the piercing is going to be placed. Your piercer should give you a chance to see where they are piercing before they do it. If they don’t, make sure you ask them so you can be sure you like the placement.
The actual piercing will be done quickly, the prep takes longer than the piercing itself. The piercer will give you aftercare supplies and cleaning instructions. Make sure you have their contact information. This way you can reach them if you have any complications or questions after you leave.
Pain Will Vary
One question everyone asks before getting a double helix is, will it hurt? A definitive yes or no would be nice, but it really is hard to say. Everyone has a different pain tolerance. The general answer given by those that have had a double helix is that the pain falls into the medium level. It hurts more than getting just your earlobe pierced but less than some other body piercings. Any way you look at it that sharp pain of the actual piercing will only last a few seconds. The pain will then lesson to a dull throb and become manageable.
Taking Care of Your Double Helix Piercing
Follow your aftercare instructions to assure your new piercing heals correctly. You will be instructed to start cleaning your piercing either the evening you get it or the next day. Make sure you have a solution that is mostly saline. Peroxide, antibacterial soaps, and other cleaning solutions can be too harsh.
Things to avoid:
- Twisting/Playing with your piercing
- Touching your piercing without washing your hands at all costs
- Sleeping on the side you had pierced
- Removing your piercing before full healing process is complete
- Any of these actions can result in irritation, pain, and infection.
As with the pain, the amount of healing time depends on the individual. If you clean your piercing as instructed, and take care of it, you may heal in about 4 - 6 months. Keep in mind it can take up to six months to heal even with constant care. If you happen to get an irritated piercing it will affect your healing time. Some irritations can get so bad you might end up having to remove your piercing to allow it to heal. If you notice any:
- Severe Inflammation
- Puss that is yellow or green and foul smelling
- Pain that is worsening
- Throbbing Pain
Coming from the piercing, you will want to get help right away. If treated quickly, it’s sometimes possible to save the piercing. Do not ignore any warning signs of infection.
Double helix piercings continue to grow in popularity, and rightly so. They are trendy and allow you to make a statement without being too over the top. This piercing is flattering no matter what your age or gender.
When you’re ready to take the next step and get your own Double-Helix, drop by one of our trusted piercing shops in either Newmarket or Mississauga.
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