A helix piercing is any piercing made to the upper cartilage of the ear - but there are different kinds of helix piercings.
A standard helix piercing is made in the outer upper cartilage, but you can also get forward, backward, double or even triple helix piercings. Who knew there were so many different options available?
While the classic helix style involves piercing the upper outer cartilage once, if you have two or three piercings in the same spot, just above each other, these are called double and triple helix piercings. They're the same piercing, this is more a reference to the number you have on the same ear. Makes sense, right?
If you are wanting to get more than one together, look for the, "Double Helix" and "Triple Helix" and book the closest to what you're looking for.
How long does a helix piercing take to heal?
This is where lobe and cartilage piercings really differ. While you might get over a lobe piercing in around a month, a helix piercing can take anywhere between three to six months to heal.
Unfortunately, like the pain factor, it's hard to give an exact healing time as everyone is different. Expect the piercing area to feel sore, turn red and even swell or bleed (initially). Lovely.
There are some things you can do though, to help give your piercing the best chance of a speedy recovery - Like all piercings, keeping the area around the helix earrings clean is the most important way to avoid infection. Use a saline solution and gauze to clean gently around the area. Try to avoid cotton balls as the fibers transfer onto the piercing.
While you'll probably feel tempted to start fiddling with your new addition, don't twist or change the jewelry until you are certain that the piercing has healed as this could prevent a proper healing process and even lead to infection.