Advised Healing Times

Healing process | During Healing | Recommended Healing Times

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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Healing Process

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.

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During Healing

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.

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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
(Single ear piercings on the harder parts of the ear such as the upper ear or tragus).

Scaffolds / Industrials / Orbitals / Spirals: 18 months
(Ear cartilage piercings ‘joined together’ by a single piece of jewellery).

All Eyebrow Piercings: 3 months
(Piercings on and around the eyebrow including the ‘teardrop’)

All Bridge Piercings: 3 months
(Piercings on the brow usually where the nose meets the forehead).

All Nostril Piercings: 3 months
(Standard nose piercings and ‘high’ nostril piercings).

All Septum Piercings: 3 months
(Piercings through the tip of the nose, often associated with animal nose rings).

Standard Lip Piercings: 3 months
(Including double or named placements like snakebites and the monroe).

Vertical Lip / Delilah / Jestrum Piercings: 4 – 6 months.
(Unusual lip piercings done deeply around or through the surface of the lip).

All Cheek Piercings: 18 months
(Piercings through the cheeks, often known as dimple piercings).

All Tongue Piercings:6 weeks
(Standard tongue piercings, double tongue piercings and tongue tip piercings).

Tongue Web Piercings: 6 weeks
(Piercings that pass through ‘web’ tissue under the lip or tongue such as the smiley piercing).

All Navel Piercings: 12 months
(Standard belly button piercings or bottom and side placements).

All Nipple Piercings: 12 months
(A piercing that passes through the nipple in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal position).

All Nape Piercings: 12 months
(Piercings placed in the back of the neck).

Microdermal Piercings: 3 months
(Piercings that look like small gems stuck to the skin).

All Hand Piercings: 12 months
(Piercings done around the knuckles or hand / finger webs).

All Surface Piercings: 12 months
(Piercings done on a flat surface of skin, such as hips or wrist).

Ladies Inner Genital Piercing: 6 weeks
(Piercings that sit inside the genitals such as clitoral hood piercings).

Ladies Deep Inner Genital Piercings: 3 months
(Piercings that sit deeply inside the genitals such as a triangle piercing).

Ladies Outer Genital Piercing: 3 months
(Piercings that sit on the outside of the genitals such as labia or ‘lip’ piercings).

Gentleman’s Inner Genital Piercing: 6 weeks
(Piercings that sit inside the genitals such as prince albert piercings).

Gentleman’s Deep Inner Genital Piercing: 6 months
(Piercings that sit deeply inside the genitals such as the ampallang piercing).

Gentleman’s Outer Genital Piercing: 3 months
(Piercings that sit outside the genitals such as the scrotum piercing).

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More Information

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.

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