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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.
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.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Current as ofMarch 20, 2017
Current as of:
March 20, 2017
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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