Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Is the healing time the same for all body parts?

Is the healing time the same for all body parts?

Healing time is different depending on the part of your body that you get pierced. Some parts are more likely to get infected or have problems. Piercings on your ear lobes usually take about 6-8 weeks to heal. However, piercings on the side of your ear (cartilage) can take anywhere from 4 months to 1 year to heal. The reason for this is that the type of tissue in each area is different, and the amount of pressure placed on the pierced area while you are sleeping is different too.

Tongue PiercingTongue piercings swell a lot at first, but heal fairly quickly if the right type of jewelry is used. However, metal jewelry in the tongue may damage your gums and chip the enamel surface of your teeth. In fact, the ADA (American Dental Association - a group of dentists that set professional standards for dentists in the United States), is against any type of oral piercings because of all the risks.

In some cases, nipple piercings can damage some of the milk-producing glands in a young woman's breasts. This can cause infections or problems later on if the woman decides to breast-feed her baby. Some pierced areas, such as the navel (belly button), are more likely to become infected because of irritation from tight clothing. A pierced site needs air to help the healing process.

Body Piercings & Healing Times
Pierced Body PartHealing Time
Ear lobe6 to 8 weeks
Ear cartilage4 months to 1 year
Eyebrow6 to 8 weeks
Nostril2 to 4 months
Nasal septum6 to 8 months
Nasal bridge8 to 10 weeks
Tongue4 weeks
Lip2 to 3 months
Nipple3 to 6 months
Navel (belly button)4 months to 1 year
Female genitalia4 to 10 weeks
Male genitalia4 weeks to 6 months

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