Recommended healing times are the average times it takes the majority of people to heal. It is best to continue to care for your piercing during this time for a variety of reasons. This guide discusses why recommended healing times are so important.
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It can often take longer than people think for the fistula to be fully formed and fully healed. Certain areas, such as cartilage, do not have as good a blood supply as other areas which means they do not get healing cells very quickly, significantly increasing their healing times.
Many people may feel that their piercings are healed after only a few weeks because the outside heals before the inside – so the piercing may look or feel healed when really the healing process is still going. The new tissue inside is very delicate so changing the jewellery while you are still healing can badly damage it, setting back the process and causing other problems such as bumps.
This is why suggested healing times are important; it allows the tissue to become strong enough for the jewellery to be changed without damaging it. To read more about the healing process and how jewellery, cleaning and other things effect it try our Piercing Healing Guide.
Many piercers will give out healing times when piercings feel healed rather than when they are actually fully healed. This can be down to ignorance but is also often because they do not want people to worry that their piercing is going to be painful for a long time. In actual fact long healing piercings are rarely painful after the first few weeks unless caught or slept on. They may occasionally get a little red and a light coloured discharge may be seen.
This light coloured discharge is completely normal and is not a sign of infection. It is actually serous fluid which contains lymph and broken up bits of healing cells which have finished doing their job healing your piercing. When you see this discharge or find it dried on your jewellery you should clean your piercing with a salt water soak as recommended for piercing aftercare.
Recommended Healing Times
|All Ear Lobe Piercings: 8 Weeks
(‘Standard’ ear piercings on the soft part of the ear).
All Ear Cartilage Piercings: 12 months
Scaffolds / Industrials / Orbitals / Spirals: 18 months
All Eyebrow Piercings: 3 months
All Bridge Piercings: 3 months
All Nostril Piercings: 3 months
All Septum Piercings: 3 months
Standard Lip Piercings: 3 months
Vertical Lip / Delilah / Jestrum Piercings: 4 – 6 months.
All Cheek Piercings: 18 months
All Tongue Piercings:6 weeks
Tongue Web Piercings: 6 weeks
|All Navel Piercings: 12 months
(Standard belly button piercings or bottom and side placements).
All Nipple Piercings: 12 months
All Nape Piercings: 12 months
Microdermal Piercings: 3 months
All Hand Piercings: 12 months
All Surface Piercings: 12 months
Ladies Inner Genital Piercing: 6 weeks
Ladies Deep Inner Genital Piercings: 3 months
Ladies Outer Genital Piercing: 3 months
Gentleman’s Inner Genital Piercing: 6 weeks
Gentleman’s Deep Inner Genital Piercing: 6 months
Gentleman’s Outer Genital Piercing: 3 months
For more information on piercing healing try our Piercing Healing Guide which discusses the process in detail, including how cleaning and jewellery effect healing. We also recommended the guide on how salt water soaks benefit your piercing and our complete guide to cleaning your piercing using them, since your cleaning method helps to aid your healing in may ways. You may also find it useful to read our guide to piercing infections so you know what to look out for as your piercing is healing and what is normal to see.