helixLooking to get your new upper ear or helix piercing in Toronto & Vancouver? Our talented piercers are ready to make sure you get the subtle and sophisticated look you are looking for. You can find comfort that all of the piercers at Chronic Ink with come with a wealth of experience and work to standards well above Toronto & Vancouver Public Health guidelines. Chronic Ink takes a lot of pride in being one of the “Best Piercing Studios in Toronto & Vancouver” as rated by Blog TO.


A helix piercing consists of perforating generally the upper ear area using a piercing needle, but not with a tiny gauge needle as these are best suited for piercing guns, which we don’t use. These ear piercings can be performed all along the outer cartilage of the ear using different techniques such as a lower, mid, upper, anti, reverse, vertical piercing style and so forth. Because the area of the helix doesn’t contain any nerve endings, it is usually a less painful experience.


Due to the generally smaller perforations, helix jewelry comes in smaller diameters. After piercing the helix, the jewelry often adorned are captive bead rings, labret studs, and different barbell options.

Not unlike most other piercings,  it is not recommended to remove the jewelry for extended periods of time. If you are unsure of how to change the jewelry, or if the piercing is adequately healed, it’s best to consult with your piercer. Only when your helix piercing is completely healed and you are comfortable manipulating the jewelry, should you consider changing the jewelry by yourself. Typically, you can replace jewelry for a new helix piercing in 6-8 weeks.

Healing Process

As a helix piercing can be placed in several locations on the ear, the typical healing process will vary from piercing to piercing depending on how long your body takes to heal and the area piercing. Generally, it would take about 6 to 8 months to heal. Carefully following aftercare, proper placement, and jewelry quality can help reduce healing times. Being indirect, and reducing friction is very important, however, if you are in a position where you need to touch the piercing, your hands and the area around the piercing should be thoroughly cleaned beforehand. 

Caring for your Helix Piercing

Our piercers will always give you appropriate aftercare advice that has been tailored specifically to the placement of your new piercing. It’s important that you follow the advice given by our piercing professionals as improper care can lead to the new piercing eventually becoming rejected (unlikely) by the body or other irritations and infections could incur. Feel free to ask us for more advice on proper piercing aftercare for your Helix piercing or any other types of body piercing.

Contact Chronic Ink

If you are considering a new Helix piercing or you’re want to discuss how we can help you with any body piercing in Toronto & Vancouver, contact our experienced artists to get started today!