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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.
Ear cartilage (curve of ear)
2 to 4 months
4 to 6 months
Face (this includes the earlobes, eyebrows, and
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.
May 3, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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