HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO HEAL?
That depends. Each area of the body has its own unique healing period and process. Oral and oral/facial piercings tend
to heal fastest, while others tend to heal a bit slower. Also, every individual body heals and reacts to piercings in an individualized
manner. So, your friend may have tackled an entire pizza a few days after getting a tongue piercing (which is HIGHLY unrecommended)
while you, on the other hand, may still be spoon feeding yourself ice cream and soup after waiting the same amount of time.
A general guideline for approximate healing times is as follows:
Cheek: 2-3 months
Cartilage: 2 months-1 year
Eyebrow: 6-8 weeks
Genitals: 4 weeks-6 months
Labret: 6-8 weeks
Lip: 6-8 weeks
Navel: 6 months-over
Nipple: 2-6 months
Nostril: 2 months-1 year
Septum: 6-8 weeks
Tongue: 4-6 weeks
Will a piercing heighten sensitivity in the pierced area?
Yes. While all piercings will make you more aware of the pierced area, there are definitely some piercings that heighten
sensitivity more than others. Typically, these include the tongue, nipples, and genitals. As a piercer I have heard everything
from “erotic stimulation” to “instant orgasm.” Now, I cannot guarantee that one of these three types
of piercings will make you shudder in sexual or sensual delight; but, I will say that I have never heard anyone say that one
of these three types of piercings did not enhance sensitivity
Should I "spin" my jewelry when cleaning a new piercing, or will this drag bacteria into the
wound and delay healing?
After receiving a couple emails concerning the effectiveness of "spinning" jewelry during the cleaning process (for a
fresh piercing), I went ahead and consulted Tribalectic's piercing-friendly medic, Dr. Janet L. H. Keating. The following
is her response to my inquiry:
"Rotating or "spinning" the jewelry during healing will cut down on scabbing. If done
with clean hands, it should not increase the infection rate--though I have seen recommendations for minimal handling. In other
words--it is not necessary, but should not be harmful, if done properly."