2021 Helix Piercing Pros & Cons by a Piercer S02 EP09

In Season 2 Episode 09, DaVo, a Professional Piercer since 1994, covers the Pros and Cons of Helix Piercings.

I aka DaVo have been a professional body piercer and the owner of the Axiom Body Piercing Studio in Des Moines, Iowa since 1994. My focus on education and helping clients make safe and informed decisions on getting pierced has always been a large part of my business practices and services. With my website and increasingly on youtube, I hope to expand and inform others outside of my small part of the world. I always encourage questions and comments, so if you have one, please comment. 

Show Notes:

  • Done through the ridge of tissue or under the flap of the upper ear.

History:

  • Mostly a modern invention

Pros:

  1. An Established Piercing

  2. Unusual piercing

  3. Can wear rings or studs

  4. Matches the shape of the ear

  5. Can be done in Groups

Cons

  1. Hard to Isolate

  2. Healing can be difficult, swelling, hair, etc…

  3. Anatomy

  4. Prone to Grumpiness

  5. Can affect wearing glasses and sunglasses

 

Things to look for:

  • Piercer be experienced, professional, informative and make you feel comfortable

  • The piercer should offer a consultation that involves aftercare, risks, etc…

  • The piercer should evaluate your anatomy

  • Should suggest barbell or stud for piercing unless it is a helix flap

  • Do they provide aftercare products and written and verbal aftercare instruction?

  • Make sure your hair is out of the way.

  • If you wear glasses make sure that the placement won’t cause issues.

The Piercing Experience:

  • If you want additional piercings, discuss that while marking

  • Usually done freehand with a needle and NRT or cork

  • A taper pin or guide pin may be used to insert the jewelry

  • The jewelry may require a little time to insert and close

  • There may be some slight to moderate bleeding

  • Usually, you will have throbbing, aching, and warmth in the area for a few minutes afterward

  • Piercing is sensitive to the touch.

Healing:

  • The average healing time is 12-16 weeks or longer

  • Saline twice daily

  • Must practice cross-contamination prevention and isolate and avoid any contact with the piercing.

    • Clean hands

    • no oral contact

    • Keep your bedding, clothing, towels, etc… clean

    • No Swimming

    • Keep Pets Away

    • avoid contact with earbuds, headphones, etc….

    • Make sure that your hair is dried before it comes in contact

  • Avoid contact or trauma to the area.

  • First 3-5 days you can experience slight bleeding off and on, redness/discolor, heat, and tenderness to the touch.

  • Do not sleep on the piercing, no matter if it hurts or not

  • Try to elevate the piercing off the bedding.

  • Masks contact and pressure.

Jewelry Options:

  • Can change after the piercing is healed

  • Jewelry should always be wide enough to allow for the thickness of the area

  • Labret Studs have the least profile

  • Rings may work but should only be tried once the piercing is well seasoned

Living with the piercing:

  • The jewelry should be left in at all times.

  • Avoid pressure or trauma to the piercing including sleep

  • Test wearing glasses, hats, goggles, etc…

  • Adjust or change loose jewelry after it heals

Abandoning the piercing:

  • Will close but may appear open for a long period of time.

  • There will be a small indented circular scar on each side. This may fade in time.

  • The holes may produce a cream cheese-like discharge, this is sebum.

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Following links are affiliate links and a small amount will go to DaVo and the Axiom:

Suggested Aftercare Products:

  • For Premixed Saline DaVo suggests. NeilMed Neil Cleanse Wound Wash First-Aid Sterile Saline Solution 6 fl oz Each - https://amzn.to/2lgrfL7
  • For Oral Piercings -     
    Biotene Fresh Mint Moisturizing Oral Rinse Mouthwash, Alcohol-Free, for Dry Mouth - https://amzn.to/2NbIYza

All footage was filmed using a Canon EOS 80D Camera with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens - https://amzn.to/3bb5PV4 and Canon EOS R  - https://amzn.to/386Y1BZ with Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens - https://amzn.to/3jkvptO

Audio - Recorded with Shure MV7 - https://amzn.to/39fKKbS with a Tascam DR-40x - https://amzn.to/2Lw67O8

For more information on DaVo and the Axiom Body Piercing Studio go to https://axiompiercing.com

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Contact DaVo at davo@axiompiercing.com or by phone at 515-966-4814
If you would like to set up a Piercing Appointment go to https://axiompiercing.com/booking.

Skin Kitchen Tattoo and The Axiom Body Piercing Studio are located at 3800 Douglas Ave./Des Moines, Iowa 50311
Tattoo hours are Thursday - Monday 1-8pm
Piercing hours are Thursday - Monday 2-8pm

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