Body Piercing Healing Times

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Each body piercing site has its own normal healing time. Common sites usually heal within the time frames listed below. Healing depends on many things. It can depend on how big the piercing is and how thick the tissue is at the site. Your own ability to heal can also affect healing time.

Piercing site healing times
Piercing site Healing time

Ear cartilage (curve of ear)

2 to 4 months

Nostril (nose)

4 to 6 months

Face (This includes the earlobes, eyebrows, and lips.)

6 to 8 weeks

Inside of the mouth or the tongue

3 to 6 weeks


3 to 6 months

Vagina or penis

2 to 6 months

Belly button (navel)

Up to 6 months

A piercing may not heal as fast if it gets infected or irritated or if scar tissue forms. You may need to see your doctor if your piercing does not seem to be healing.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine

Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014