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Healing process | During Healing | Recommended Healing Times

Recommended healing times are the average times it takes the majority of people to heal.

Healing Process

  • It can take longer than people think for the piercing hole to be fully formed and fully healed.
  • Certain areas, like cartilage, do not have as good a blood supply which increases their healing time.
  • Piercings heal from the outside inwards which can make the piercing seem healed when it is not and is actually still busy healing underneath.
  • Changing the jewellery while you are still healing can badly damage the new tissue.
  • Read more about the healing process and how jewellery and cleaning effect it in our Piercing Healing Guide.

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During Healing

  • Some piercers may not give out full healing times but only when the piercing feels healed.
  • 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.
  • When you see this discharge or find it dried on your jewellery you should clean your piercing with a salt water soak.

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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 our more detailed guide to piercing healing times try our full guide. For more information on piercing healing itself we recommend our Piercing Healing Guide or our guide to piercing infections.  You may also like to know how salt water soaks benefit your piercing and our complete guide to cleaning your piercing using this method.

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