Average Healing Times for Body Piercings

How long should your piercing take to heal?

Body and Ear Piercing Healing Times
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Here's a list of typical healing times for several popular above the waist body piercings. Your body might heal more slowly (or more quickly) than the norm, but don't get impatient if your navel piercing is still somewhat raw after 6 weeks.

It's always good to have an understanding of the time it could take to heal specific piercings before you make the decision to book an appointment for a procedure.

General times listed below may vary based on the gauge used, the material used and the method of piercing. 

 

Ear Piercings

Earlobes: This piercing is in the center of your ear lobe with a standard healing time up to between 4-8 weeks. Healing times may be longer for upper lobe piercings positioned above the standard ear lobe piercing. 

Cartilage: Also known as a helix piercing which is positioned at the outer rim of the year through the cartilage.  Healing times vary between 8 to 12 months. This type of piercing was very popular in the 1990's. 

Daith: This piercing is located on the folded cartilage just above the ear canal. Standard healing time varies between 4 to 8 months, give or take a couple months. 

Rook: A rook piercing is located above a daith piercing through the cartilage fold on the upper inner ear. There is a wide range of healing times on this piercing, mostly due to how important aftercare is for this area.

Expect the piercing to be fully healed between 6 to 18 months. 

 

Facial Piercings

Eyebrows: This surface piercing should heal between 2-4 months. 

Nostril: A nostril piercing using a nostril screw should heal between 3-6 months. 

Lower Lip: A lower lip piercing should between within 2-3 months

Septum: A septum piercing is located in the middle section of the nose.

Average healing time using a 16 gauge piercing is 2 months.

Tongue Piercings: Surprisingly, tongue piercings take less time to heal than most ear piercings. It is actually one of the fastest healing body piercings. Expect an average healing time between 3-4 weeks. 

 

Body Piercings

Navel: Don't expect to take your naval piercing out anytime soon after getting it done. Average healing time is up to 12 months.

Nipple Piercings, Females: Female nipple piercings take longer to heal than males. Healing times vary between 3 to 6 months.

Nipple Piercings, Males: Healing time for male nipple piercings is between 2 to 4 months.

 

After Piercing Care

You may not be able to speed up the healing process, but there are ways to ensure you don't slow it down. Be sure to keep your piercings clean and use jewelry made from safe metals while they're healing. Ask your piercing pro for their aftercare recommendations and be sure to follow them! 

If your piercing becomes infected or scar tissue starts to form, your healing time will be delayed. If you notice any redness, itching or irritation beyond what is expected, see a physician right away because your piercing might be infected.

Edited by: Lauren Thomann