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Healing Times

Average Piercing Healing Times

Piercing healing times vary from person to person. Below are approximate healing times for healthy piercings on most people, but keep in mind that your piercing may heal more quickly or take even longer. Continue suggested aftercare for at least the amount of time listed below for your piercing.

At the end of the healing time, twice-daily cleaning is no longer required, although once-a-day cleaning is still suggested. When your piercing is healed, jewelry can safely be changed but it shouldn’t be left out for longer than it takes to switch jewelry. Even once the hole becomes permanent it can still shrink and make jewelry reinsertion more difficult. If you like your piercing, keep jewelry in it.

Ear & Facial Piercings

Earlobes 6-8 weeks
Ear Cartilage 6 months-1 year
Eyebrow 6-8 weeks
Nostril 6 months-1 year
Septum 6-8 weeks
Bridge 8-10 weeks

Oral Piercings

Tongue 4 weeks
Lip/Labret 6-8 weeks
Beauty Mark 6-8 weeks
Cheek 6 months-1 year

Nipples & Navels

Male Nipples 4-6 months
Female Nipples 6 months-1 year
Navels 6 months-1 year

Surface Piercings & Anchors

Surface Piercings 6 months-1 year
Surface Anchors 2-6 months

Male Genital Piercings

Prince Albert 6-8 weeks
Reverse PA 4-6 months
Frenum 6-8 weeks
Scrotum 6-8 weeks
Guiche 8-10 weeks
Dydoe 8-12 weeks
Foreskin 8-10 weeks
Ampallang / Apadravya 4-8 months

Female Genital Piercings

Inner Labia 4-6 weeks
Outer Labia 3-6 months
Clitoral Hood 4-6 weeks
Fourchette 6-8 weeks
Triangle 8-12 weeks
Christina 6-9 months
Clitoris 4-6 weeks
Princess Albertina 4-6 weeks