Each body piercing site has its own normal healing time. Common piercing sites usually heal within the general time frames listed below. Healing depends on many things, including how big the piercing is, how thick the tissue is at the site, and your ability to heal.
|Piercing site||Healing time|
Ear cartilage (curve of ear)
2 to 4 months
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.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine|
|Last Revised||May 3, 2012|
Last Revised: May 3, 2012
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