Forward Helix Piercing: What You Need To Know

I love piercings! Especially the small discrete, and yet unique.

The Forward helix is a fantastic piece, and I am excited to tell you all about it. It’s located on the inner ear cartilage but describing its position is the tricky part. But I shall try to be as clear as possible.

Now, circle your finger from the earlobe going all the way over the top part of the ear. Then as you descend back, heading back to where you started, stop at the part the ear has a small protrusion. That area just above the protrusion is where you find the forward helix.

I bet you are wondering why the name ‘forward.’

There is a different piercing that people also love getting called the helix. It’s positioned on the outer part of the earlobe, opposite the forward helix. All in all, they are unique fixtures to have.

Now let’s get back to the forward helix piercing.

Variants of the Forward Helix Piercing

You can get the forward helix piercing in three distinct ways; single, double, and triple.

For the single forward helix, you get one piercing, the double two, so on and so forth. And if your ear anatomy allows it, you can add a fourth one, although this is very rare.

You can choose to wear multiple designs of jewelry or one typical stud for a simple yet sophisticated look for these variants. Regardless, they look stunning.

Is the Forward Helix Piercing for Everyone?

Of course, yes!

As long as you have an ear with space to accommodate the piercing, you can get it. The only thing that would probably hold you back is not liking it as much to get it pierced. Your profession might also be a hindrance to some degree.

But, essentially, everyone qualifies to get the forward helix piercing.

How Much Does A Forward Helix Piercing Cost?

I always like to think of piercing as an investment where you spend pain and cash to gain a level of beauty.

So are you willing to cough up between $30 to even $90 to get a forward helix piercing? If yes is your answer, then you can go ahead and book an appointment.

The Forward Helix Piercing Procedure


These are all the things you need to know before getting the forward helix piercing:

The forward helix piercing procedure is very similar to most piercings. Regardless I always recommend that before you decide on any piercing, including the forward helix, go through the following steps:

  • Please carry out extensive research on the piercing.
  • Read on what to expect; good, bad, and the ugly.
  • Decide on a piercer that is professional and has training.
  • Visit the site, store, or shop to access its hygiene and professionalism.
  • Meet the piercer and have a brief discussion on the Do’s and Don’ts for before, during, and after the procedure.
  • Go for the actual day and get the forward helix piercing put.

At the consultation visit, the piercer will ask you a series of questions regarding your health and allergies that the piercing might contraindicate. You must be honest to avoid anything since the piercer is not liable if anything happens.

Some stores will even hand a paper for you to sign so that they can mitigate any future lawsuits in case of any adverse reactions and mishaps after the piercing.

Another thing you will do before the actual procedure is select the piece of jewelry you will want once the piercing is complete. The started stud should be a hypoallergenic metal like 14-carat gold or medical-grade titanium.

Stainless steel is also a good choice only if you know you are not allergic.

Please stay away from cheap metals like plated pieces and copper pieces; these have a higher rate of infections when it comes to piercings.

Things to Avoid Doing Before the Procedure

Before going for the actual piercing procedure, refrain from doing the following:

  • It would be best if you do not drink any alcoholic beverage.
  • It would be ideal not to take any CBD product.
  • Refrain from taking any pain killers or blood-thinners.
  • Please do not smoke before the procedure.

These practices lead to excessive bleeding during the piercing. And some of these habits may also prolong the healing process.


Items Used For the Procedure

The piercer will need:

  • Sterilized disposable needle
  • Jewelry
  • A pair of surgical gloves
  • Cotton swabs
  • Surgical spirit

You should confirm that they are clean and new. The actual process involves the piercer sterilizing the location of the forward helix piercing and marking it.

You will then assess the mark and give it the go-ahead or a revision of which the piercer will do. After the final approval, they will again sterilize the location and go ahead and prick through the cartilage with the needle.

I know you are wondering if it hurts.

Of course, it will hurt, but not that bad. If you have a high tolerance of pain, you will feel a slight prick followed by a throbbing sensation. After the procedure is over, the piercer will hand you an aftercare instruction manual which you must follow to the latter.

What is the pain level of the forward helix piercing?

I circle back to the pain issue because most people believe that it is unbearable since it is a cartilage piercing, and they are mistaken. Sure, it is more painful than the typical ear lope piercing, but this is nothing but a pinch if you have a nipple piercing.

To minimize the pain, always look for an experienced piercer who knows what they are doing. With an expert tending to you, they will do a clean job that is the least painful.

For instance, opt to use the needle rather than a piercing gun which can be unpleasant. The gun is often not the best option because the piercer does not have much control using it.

The needle is way better, plus it only inflicts pain on one location, unlike the gun, which sends waves to the neighboring tissue too.


Here is what you do after getting the forward helix piercing:

  • It is best to refrain from touching, stroking, or twisting your piercing before it heals. Constantly touching it may introduce harmful pathogens that may cause infections to the piecing and the ear.
  • There will be a sterilizing liquid the piercer will hand to you as you leave to spray or apply on the piercing at least two times a day. Please stay away from scented or antibacterial soaps and gels. When they do not give you anything, you can make a saline solution at home using salt and water.
  • Please do not use any creams on the piercing as they may clog up the piercing.
  • Please avoid rubbing on the piercing but instead use a patting motion when you clean and sterilize it.
  • If you have any skin sensitivities like acne or dry skin, be vigilant in finding an aftercare spray that is gentle to your skin and the piercing site as well.

Healing Duration of the Forward Helix Piercing

Since the forward helix piercing is a cartilage piercing, a soft bone, it takes a while to heal. The healing time is usually two to three months, and you can either shorten or lengthen this period depending on how well you follow the aftercare routine.

Suppose you have any prolonged swelling or infection; the healing may even go up to 6 months and beyond.

Things that Prolong Your Healing Time

The first thing that will add a few weeks to months to your healing process is constantly touching your piercing. You are disturbing the already healed tissue to open up the wound and introducing pathogens causing infections.

The second thing to lengthen the healing process is removing your piercing before it fully heals. I know it can be very tempting to change the piercing as soon as possible, but if the forward helix piercing wound is not fully healed, it will cause more problems.

Thirdly, sleeping on that side is also another thing that will add a few weeks to the remedial process. When you lie on that side, you limit blood supply and air supply that is mandatory to ensure faster healing.

Lying on that ear also encourages sweating, which might be a cause of infection to the piercing.

Possible Forward Helix Piercing Infections

Infections are always a danger when you get any piercing, and the most prevalent kind is when a pathogen finds its way into the wound. These pathogens can then cause extended swelling and inflammations that may cause damage to the cartilage bone underneath the skin.

If you catch an infection early, you can save your helix piercing by treating it using the appropriate medication. Suppose you see swelling, discoloration, pus, or excessive blood oozing out; you should head to a medical practitioner as soon as possible. This may be as a result of an allergic reaction or poor hygiene during aftercare.

If you ignore the infection, the adverse effects can be spreading the infection to other ear parts, causing even more significant problems. So much so, it would be best if you paid close attention to your new helix piercing to look out for any danger signs and sort them right away.

Popular Forward Piercing Trends

Trends are forever changing; what is in today will be out tomorrow. And that is why I always advise any person getting the forward helix piercing to go with what they love.

Personal preferences, especially when wearing the first design, are fundamental because you will have that design for up to six months.

For the first design, do not go for something too flashy. Stick to a subtle design that can fit in any occasion and still look amazing.

Nonetheless, there are so many options to go with: flowers, loops, clear studs, colored studs, flatheads, gemstones, so on and so forth.

Is there an Age Restriction to Getting the Forward Helix Piercing?

Most states do not allow minors to get the forward helix piercing without consent. And for the procedure, the parent or legal guardian must be present. Suppose the store allows carrying out the procedure for minors.

The parent or guardian will have to come to the store with their ID and book an appointment before the visit for validation processes.

If the person seeking to get the piercing looks young, the piercer is within their rights to ask for identification before going ahead with the request. This is just a precautionary step they take to mitigate any problems with the law.

Are Some People Turned Away From Getting The Forward Helix Piercing?

Yes. If under drugs or drunk, the piercer will turn you away for obvious reasons.

First, your judgment is unmistakably impaired, and you may bleed too much during the procedure. And lastly, you may regret your decision the next day.

Bottom Line

The forward helix piercing is genuinely one of a kind. You can wear a stud, a loop, or even both if you go for the double or triple varieties.

But before you get to flaunt your new piercing, you must be ready to do as the piercer instructs, watch for the entire healing process, and then celebrate. The victory of getting through the piercing stage is just one of the battles you will fight; winning the war is getting past the six or so months without a problem.

If that is the path you are willing to go, I wish you nothing but the best.

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