Piercing healing times (average)

All healing times are approximate and maximum!

‘Stable’ is defined as the fistula being stable enough to accommodate a jewellery change. Skin cells begin to grow around the channel and line the inside of the channel, creating a stable fistula. The skin can be quite delicate at this stage, however this is considered the initial healing stage complete.

‘Fully healed’ is defined as the fistula being entirely healed, can withstand multiple jewellery changes, accommodate new jewellery shape, no lymph or discharge. The skin cells lining and creating the fistula are strong and stable. Collagen is more present, meaning it reacts better to change, and the entire channel is totally stable.

The times given are average healing times. Some heal faster, and some heal slower. They are the maximum healing times, but be wary that most piercings (aside from oral) have a minimum healing time of one year before they’re classed as ‘fully healed’

Piercings marked with a * are generally considered as surface piercings.

Ears:

  • Lobe – 3 months to heal, 9 months until stretching.
  • Helix – 9 months to be stable, 18 months to be fully healed.
  • Forward Helix – 9 months to be stable, 18 months to be fully healed.
  • Conch -9 months to be stable, 18 months to be fully healed.
  • Snug-9 months to be stable, 18 months to be fully healed.
  • Tragus – 9 months to be stable, 18 months to be fully healed.
  • Anti Tragus – 9 months to be stable, 18 months to be fully healed.
  • Rook – 9 months to be stable, 18 months to be fully healed.
  • Outer Conch – 9 months to be stable, 18 months to be fully healed.
  • Industrial/any two-point-piercings – 12 months to be stable, 24 months to be fully healed.

Facial:

  • Eyebrow- 2 months to be stable, 1 year until fully healed.
  • *Anti eyebrow – 4 months to be stable, 14-18 months to be fully stable
  • Bridge – 4 months to be stable, 14-18 months to be fully stable
  • Nostril – 2 months to be stable, 6 months to be fully healed
  • Septum – 3 months to be stabled, 9-12 months to be fully healed

Oral:

  • Lip (lower) 2 months to be stable, 4-6 months to be fully healed.
  • Lip (upper) 2-3 months to be stable, 4-8 months to be fully healed.
  • Frenulum (lingual, ‘smiley’ ‘frowny’) 6 weeks to be stable, 3 months to be fully healed.
  • Tongue -6 weeks to be stable, 3 months to be fully healed.
  • Cheek – 6 months to 12 months to be stable, 18-24 months to be fully healed
  • Lowbret – 3 months to be stable, 9 months to be fully healed.

Torso:

  • Nipples (female): 9 months to be stable, 18 months to be fully healed.
  • Nipples (male): 6-9 months to be stable, 12-18 months to be fully healed.
  • Navel- 6-9 months to be stable, 18 months to be fully healed
  • *Surface piercings-6-9 months to be stable, 18 months to be fully healed (if rejection doesn’t occur)

Genital (female):

  • Outer labia-8 weeks to be stable, 4-8 months to be fully healed
  • Inner labia – 6 weeks to be stable, 3-6 months to be fully healed
  • Vertical Clitoral Hood -6 weeks to be stable, 3-6 months t be fully healed.
  • Horizontal Clitoral Hood – 6 weeks to be stable, 3-6 months to be fully healed
  • Triangle- 2 months to be stable, 8 months to be fully healed
  • Fourchette- 6 weeks to be stable, 6 months to be fully healed
  • *Christina- 2 months to be stable, 8 months to be fully healed
  • Princess Diana- 6 weeks to be stable, 4 months to be fully healed

Genital (male):

  • Lorum- 3 months to be stable, 12 months to be fully healed
  • Hafada- 3 months to be stable, 12 months to be fully healed
  • Guiche – 3 months to be stable, 12 months to be fully healed
  • Pubic – 3 months to be stable, 12 months to be fully healed
  • Ampallang -6 months to be stable, 18 months to be fully healed
  • Apadravya – 6 months to be stable, 18 months to be fully healed
  • Reverse Prince Albert-3 months to be stable, 12 months to be fully healed
  • Dydoe – 3 months to be stable, 12 months to be fully healed
  • Prince Albert-3 months to be stable, 12 months to be fully healed