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 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 Part||Healing Time|
|Ear lobe||6 to 8 weeks|
|Ear cartilage||4 months to 1 year|
|Eyebrow||6 to 8 weeks|
|Nostril||2 to 4 months|
|Nasal septum||6 to 8 months|
|Nasal bridge||8 to 10 weeks|
|Lip||2 to 3 months|
|Nipple||3 to 6 months|
|Navel (belly button)||4 months to 1 year|
|Female genitalia||4 to 10 weeks|
|Male genitalia||4 weeks to 6 months|