- The Complete Guide to Body Piercing, Healing and Possible Complications
- Types of body piercings
- Possible body piercing health risks and complications
- Is body piercing safe if I have an existing health condition or disease?
- How to choose a body piercing professional
- Tips for taking care of your new piercing
- How long does it take for a piercing to heal?
- Body piercings – Infection vs. rejection
How long does it take for a piercing to heal?
Depending on the type of body piercing you’ve received and its location, healing times may differ 4, 10,11. The following table shows estimated healing times for various locations:
Estimated healing times for body piercings at various sites 4, 5, 10
Approximate time it takes to heal this piercing
|Ear lobe / auricle||6 – 8 weeks|
|Eyebrow||6 – 8 weeks|
|Nose: Nostril piercing (regular and high)||4 – 6 months|
|Nose: Septum piercing (as long as the right spot was pierced avoiding cartilage and thicker skin below)||6 – 8 weeks|
|Nose: Rhino piercing (a cartilage piercing done vertically through the tip of the nose)||6 – 9 months|
|Nose: Nasal bridge piercing||2– 3 months|
|Lip||6 – 8 weeks|
|Tongue||3 – 6 weeks|
|Naval (belly button)||4 – 6 weeks to appear healed
3 – 6 months up to 1 year to fully heal
|Nipple||2 – 4 months|
|Male genitals: Dydoe (piercing of the coronal ridge of the glans on the head of the penis)||6 – 8 weeks|
|Male genitals: Ampallang (piercing of the glans of the penis)||3 – 9 months|
|Male genitals: Hafada (piercing of the scrotum)||2 – 3 months|
|Male genitals: Prince Albert (piercing of the urethral meatus)||2 – 4 weeks|
|Female genitals: Labia Majora||2 - 4 months|
|Female genitals: Labia Minora||2 – 6 weeks|
|Female genitals: Clitoris / Clitoral hood||4 – 8 weeks|
|Female genitals: Christina / Venus piercing (juncture between the outer labia and pubic mound)||3 – 4 months|
How long does it take for piercing to close?
How long a piercing takes to close when you want it removed depends on its location and your body and how long it’s been there (older piercings generally take longer to close). Each person also heals differently so an accurate rate is difficult to predict. It can take anything form a few weeks to a year to fully heal from general piercings.
Large gauge piercings (i.e. those where piercings have been stretched) require surgical closure.
4. American Family Physician. Meltzer, Donna I. November 2005. Complications of Body Piercing: https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/1115/p2029.html [Accessed 22.06.2018)
5. Wiley Online Library. Anderson WR, Summerton DJ, Sharma DM, Holmes SA. February 2003. The urologist’s guide to genital piercing: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1046/j.1464-410X.2003.04049.x [Accessed 22.06.2018]
10. PennState University. Tweeten SS, Rickman LS. March 1998. Infectious complications of body piercing: http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.617.8683&rep=rep1&type=pdf [Accessed 22.06.2018]
11. AAP News and Journals. April 1997. Staley R, Fitzgibbon JJ, Anderson C. Auricular infections caused by high ear piercing in adolescents: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/99/4/610 [Accessed 22.06.2018].