I've been thinking about getting my left helix/cartilage (top of my ear) pierced for probably a year now, and finally got it almost 3 weeks ago. I went to the same place I got my nose done 2 years before, and made my boyfriend come with me to hold my hand Now let me just say that this place has had some major renovations since I was there last, and I'm guessing has new owners as well.
Anyway, they had me fill out a form saying what I wanted and that I was over 18 and all that good stuff.
My first cartilage piercing I had done was when I was at the age of 13. It was a helix piercing, the one around the Tim of your ear towards the top, cartilage section. It was my first piercing other than the piercings in my lobes and I was quite excited to get it. I had my appointment all set up, with my friend getting her nose pierced on the same day. We booked our appointment at a well known piercing shop in town, where lots of people had given recommendations and great reviews about it.
So I was searching all over the Internet to figure out the next piercing I wanted to get. Then I finally found it, a triple forward helix.. So gorgeous! Since it was three piercings I knew it wasn't going to be cheap so I called around. I got prices between 70- 170.00!!! So I went with the place for $70.00, I've had a piercing there in the past so I said what the heck. Got to the place and they were out of the normal studs that I wanted for this piercing so I ended up getting cbr's which is better for healing anyways.
Years ago, before having access to the knowledge here at Tribalectic and other professional piercing sources, I had my top left helix pierced by a friend with a gun. Painful, but I expected it considering the location. Unfortunately, I didn't allow enough time for healing and used a totally different aftercare than what is now recommended. My husband and I were afraid it was getting infected, so after a period of time had passed, I reluctantly removed the jewelry.
It all when I was looking through portfolios with a photo of a girl with triple helix spiral in her ear. I was fascinated by how it looked and I couldn't get it out of my mind. Since then I did a fair amount of research on local studios that did this piercing. I ended up with two studios in mind, Urban Piercing in Reading and Area 51 in Basingstoke. I had previously had my septum pierced at Urban Piercing and had a great experience there but I had heard great things about Area 51 and was curious.
I've wanted this piercing since I was 13! My mom wouldn't let me and I finally got around to it last year...when I was 25! I had the piercing done with a piercing gun (before I knew any better). IT was quick but not any faster than having it done with the needle. However, the back of my earring got stuck in the gun so she had to move it all over the place to get it out..That hurt. I had some trouble healing. First off it took forever, obviously you can't sleep on that side.
About three months ago my sister and I decided to accompany a friend who was going to get her helix pierced. She was very very nervous, having never had a piercing done before, so my sister and I decided we would each get something done with her. I had been toying with the idea of having a forward helix done for a long time so decided to go for it. We went to a piercer that I have been to before in a town near to where we lived.
So I just got my Helix (upper right ear) done yesterday and I love it already! I can't wait til its healed and I can try all the different options!
As far as the experience was, it was a piece of cake. I've had people ask Well was it painful/does it hurt..and I'm thinking Welll..it is a needle going through your skin so..somewhat..depending on your pain tolerance but for me it was fine, didn't personally hurt for the piercing..when she went to put the stud through there was a twinge but nothing unbearable. I went to a place called Knotty Heads and Cassidy was my piercer.
My helix piercing was the least painful piercing I have. When I decided to get it done (quite a few years ago, about 4 at this point in time) it was my first needle piercing and I was nervous as heck. I didn't even feel the needle go in, it was that quick and easy! I still love my helix to this day and I can blame it for making me fall in love with piercings so much.