Five (5) fastest healing piercings

Hello everyone!

If you are interested in getting a piercing, there is a lot of thought that needs to go into your decision.  Will it hurt?  How long will it take to heal?  These are just two of the many questions you might have.  Besides the initial pinch, there's one main downside to getting pierced: the healing process.  

Cartilage piercings are very popular.  Cartilage is a connective tissue that is harder than the skin but softer than the bones.  Any ear piercing other than lobe piercing is a cartilage piercing.  Each cartilage piercing has a different name based on the area of cartilage that is being pierced.  Some of these piercings are the snug, upper helix, anti-helix, conch, orbital, daith, and tragus.  If you want more information about ear piercings, click here!  The most common cartilage piercing is the helix piercing.

However, cartilage piercings can take a lot of time to heal, depending on the placement of the piercing, it can be anywhere from four months to a yearCartilage is avascular, meaning there are no vessels to carry blood to cartilage tissue.  This lack of blood supply causes cartilage to heal very slowly.

During the healing time, the jewellery should be kept in and the piercing should be cleaned morning and night.  Healing your piercings properly requires care and patience and might seem intimidating for anyone who is getting pierced for the first time.  If you’re looking for a piercing that won’t have you committing to twelve months of pain and TLC here are the five fastest healing piercings!

1.  Navel 

Belly button piercings are located in an area of flesh that has a rich blood supply.  
More blood supply = quicker healing time!

Healing time: 4 - 6 weeks for initial healing

Belly button piercing

Belly button piercing

2.  Septum

Nose piercings are very popular but technically they are cartilage piercings and they take a little longer to heal.  On the other hand, when piercing the septum you’re piercing a small strip of tissue (called a "columella") in the skin that separates your two nostrils.

Healing Time (with columella): 1 to 3 months for initial healing

woman with a septum piercing

man with a septum piercing

Oral piercings from the tongue, the webbing underneath the tongue and behind the lips, and even the lips themselves are some of the fastest healing parts of our bodies! 

3.  Tongue 

The tongue has a rich supply of blood, meaning it should heal up quickly and easily. 

Healing Time: 3 to 4 weeks for initial healing

couple with tongue piercing

tongue piercing

4.  Lips

Lip piercings come in a ton of varieties: regular rings and studs, Monroe’s, labret, Medusa/philtrum piercings and vertical labret piercings.

Healing Time: 6 to 8 weeks for some/a few months for others

Lip piercing

Lip piercing

Bonus: Other oral piercings

Lip frenulum piercings like the smiley or frowny, or the webbing under the tongue are also very quick to heal.

Healing Time: 4 to10 weeks

web piercing

Note: Piercings that come into direct contact with your teeth can damage your teeth and gums!

5.  Earlobe

It's the most popular piercing for a reason!

Healing Time: 4 to 6 weeks for initial healing

Earlobe piercing

multiple ear piercings

These healing times are only suggestions.  Actual healing time depends on the individual.

Do you have any of the piercings on this list?  How long did it/they take to heal?


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