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
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.
Medical Review:William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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