An urge for a helix piercing...
I wanted to get a helix piercing since I was in high school...about 14 years ago. It never happened however, because I was afraid of the pain despite constantly sketching characters with 2 or 3 helix piercings in each ear. So far I have 2 regular piercings in one ear, 3 in the other and my navel pierced.
After I had my navel done (it really was not a bad experience but I was not prepared for the 'shock' of getting that pierced) I swore I would never get anything else pierced again! But they do say piercing is an addition and finally after all these years I had the irresistible urge to get something pierced again - I decided that I had better do this while I was still young enough to enjoy it and show it off!
I have to admit I did ALOT of research online first for information: about the pain and especially about the aftercare and healing time. I read how long and temperamental cartilage piercings can be so I admit I was hesitant to have to do all that work and be uncomfortable for a long time, but in the end I decided to just suck it up and do it I have a tendency to challenge myself to do something I am afraid of and this was no exception.
So I made a date with one of my good friends to have dinner and get the piercing. She has both conches and a forward helix done and was very happy and supportive of my decision. I went to New York Adorned because I had been there multiple times with a few different of my friends and they did a great job - 2 friends got their nipples pierced and one got an industrial and they all turned our great, plus the place was clean and the staff very knowledgeable and professional.
I was pretty nervous when I got there and was wondering what I was getting myself into - I was actually pretty hesitant until I knew I would absolutely hate myself if I chickened out now and left without my new piercing. My piercer was Colby and I asked him what kind of earring he recommended I should get and in the end went with a titanium CRB.
After that was done and paid for, I went in the room. Colby did his thing, changing his gloves and getting everything ready. I refuse to look at the needle (to avoid any unnecessary fear) so I honestly did not pay much attention to what he was doing, but my friend did. He marked a spot on my ear where he thought it would look best and I trusted his personal opinion the marking looked great. My friend offered to hold my hand and I would have taken her up on that but Colby had me lay down on the table so I kind of clutched that instead.
I kept telling him, 'make it nice and quick and clean' .
I felt him place the edge of the needle on the marked spot and took a deep breath in. I felt him pierce the ear but surprisingly did not feel much pain - it left like a strong pinch, a little more painful than getting lobes done but not nearly anything like getting my navel done. I had my eyes closed initially but they flew open with happy shock after I realized there was nothing to be afraid of. It probably hurt a bit more when he put the earring in but not much more it was so quick it was all over in just seconds! (or what felt like seconds).
The piercing looked great and I felt happy and relieved! My friend kept saying how cute it was and was even considering getting something done too. There was no blood at all, just a very quick and clean piercing. My ear did feel a little tender but after a few days it felt great and I still have not had any kind of leaking.
If anyone is thinking of getting a helix and is afraid of the pain don't be! Just go for it it really felt like nothing at all and there was no 'popping sound'. I will say however that it can be very tender a few days afterwards so make sure you follow your instructions and do the sea salt soaks (which make your ear feel great) and the cleansing with the right cleaner 2 times a day (I bought Satin). Also, I read it is very important to not sleep on it or fiddle with it and I have actually trained myself to sleep on my back or on my right side (the piercing is on my left.) So far I have not had any problems and I hope the next few weeks/months are just as easy! Actually, it was so easy that I am already thinking of getting another one...maybe my nose this time!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 19 Oct. 2009
in Ear Piercing