Once you have decided to get the perfect piercing, you should consider the healing time required for that piercing. It may mean the difference between getting a piercing in the spring or the fall. If you enjoy lots of outdoor and water activities, then you may want to start in the fall. If you are a winter sports aficionado, then consider getting your piercing before the winter festivities start.
We will start with a list of the quickest healers and progress to the piercings that will take quite a while to heal.
Earlobe - This is one of the easiest, least painful, most common, and quickest healing piercing out there. It heals in around 4-8 weeks.
Tongue - This piercing is also one of the quick healers clocking in at around 4-8 weeks.
Septum - This piercing is also a great one for healing at 4-8 weeks. It is also the best to conceal, just flip it up in the nose and you are rocking an incognito piercing.
Lip (to the side) - This piercing is a great one for style and the healing time is 6-8 weeks.
Labret (centered below lower lip) - This piercing also has a great healing time of 6-8 weeks.
Eyebrow - This piercing has a great healing time of 6-8 weeks.
Lip (upper lip) - This piercing has a little longer of a healing time than the other lip areas, it is 2-3 months.
Nostril - This piercing takes a bit to heal and is at the 3-4 month mark.
Bridge - This piercing is in the mid-range of piercing healing time and takes around 4-6 months for the healing time.
Cartilage - The piercings in the ear cartilage area vary in healing times, but usually range from 3-9 months. Industrials can take up to a year to heal.
Navel - This piercing takes 6-9 months to heal and can be irritated due to its location and the clothing that comes in contact with the piercing.
Nipple - This piercing takes 6-9 months to heal, due to the clothing issues. It only takes 3-4 months to heal if it is a man.
These piercing healing times are just a range and can vary depending on the aftercare techniques and healing times of your body. Some heal a bit faster than others.
Aftercare techniques involve sea salt soaks up to three times daily. There are also those who use antibacterial soap diluted in water to clean the piercing. Another option is tea tree oil diluted in water, which is a natural antiseptic cleanser. Either way you choose to clean your piercing is up to you, just make sure that you keep it clean and are not touching it with unwashed hands. You have a tiny, open wound that will trap bacteria very easily and you must stay on top of the cleaning in this area. Choose the time of year that is best for a piercing, depending on your lifestyle (i.e. if you love the beach, get a piercing in the winter). Enjoy your piercing and let it heal properly and then feel free to accessorize.