Everything You Need to Know About Piercings

Updated on February 18, 2017

Understand The Risks First

  • It is possible to receive/spread an infection if the piercing equipment hasn't been sterilized properly. NEVER get a piecing that wasn't sterilized first!
  • Infections caused by bacteria getting into the puncture of the piercing can happen later, even after the piercing has healed. Prevent this by cleaning your piercing and area at least twice a day.
  • If the studio uses a piercing gun to do body piercings, LEAVE! Piercing guns cannot be sterilized and should NOT be used for body piercing.
  • You can have an allergic reaction to the certain kind of jewelry used. (More information on different types of jewelry listed below).
  • Bleeding may happen from the piercing.

(click column header to sort results)
Piercings  
Healing TImes  
Ear Lobe
4-6 weeks
Ear Cartlidge
3-6 months
Tongue
4-6 weeks
Eyebrow
9-12 weeks
Nose
2-4 months
Lip
2-3 months
Nipple
3-6 months
Navel (Belly Button)
9 months - 1 year
Male Genitalia
4 weeks - 2 months
Female Genitalia
4 - 10 weeks
There are more piercings listed below, but these are the basic piercings most people get.
Other Eye/Eyebrow Piercings
Other Eye/Eyebrow Piercings

More About Healing Times

Listed above are the average, usual time for piercings to heal. However, some may take longer to heal for various reasons. For instance, the ear cartilage piercing can take up to a year because of the pressure placed on it while you're sleeping. The tongue piercing will swell a lot at first, but can heal fairly quickly is the right jewelry is used. Sometimes, metal jewelry in the mouth can damage gums and chip off enamel on your teeth. Nipple piercings can cause an infection in a woman's breast if she chooses to breast feed her baby whenever she has one. And belly button piercings can get irritated due to tight clothing. Piercings need air to heal.

Other Lip Piercings
Other Lip Piercings

Different Kinds Of Jewelry

Stainless Steel: The most common used. Least likely to produce an infection in the skin.

Gold: Cost more than stainless steel. it tends to wear away easily and it can chips with even slightest contact of the body. Some people have difficulty with gold jewelry piercing because it contains “nickel” – a metal that many people are allergic to.

Titanium: Cost more than stainless steel. can be used for new piercings. Titanium is usually used for surgical implants inside the human body. It’s recommended that titanium jewelry be polished often to reduce the “porosity" it may take a toll in the skin.

Other Ear Piercings
Other Ear Piercings

How To Properly Clean Your New Piercing

Follow these steps to prevent infection:

  1. Always wash your hands before touching or cleaning your piercing. This is hard to remember, but any sort of bacteria that you may have on your hands could really mess with your piercing.
  2. Clean off any dirt off the area and from the jewelry with warm water.
  3. Gently wash the area around the piercing with a mild liquid antibacterial soap every day. There is also a sea-salt piercing cleanser that is sold at your average department store.
  4. Never use a towel on your new piercing. Bacteria may cause an issue. Instead, use napkins or a paper towel.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 twice a day. Overdoing it or under-doing it may irritate the area.
  6. Since every new piercing needs air, never use an anti-ornament on it. Anti-ornaments block air from getting through.
  7. Never use hydrogen peroxide as it can irritate healing tissue.

Other Nose Piercings
Other Nose Piercings

Preventing Infections

  • Strong soaps and peroxide will irritate the area. Stay away from these.
  • If you workout while you have a piercing, make sure to rinse your piercing afterwards. Sweat around a piercing is not good.
  • Do not have oral sexual contact for 4-6 weeks if you have a tongue, lip, or genital piercing, as well as not letting anyone touch, lick, or kiss a healing piercing.
  • If you want to use hairspray while having an ear piercing, put a tissue over the piercing to keep the spray from getting into it. Or if you wear glasses with an ear piercing, clean them regularly.
  • Avoid tight clothing and belts if you have a navel piercing still in healing.
  • Watch out for spicy foods with an oral piercing.
  • Do not use lotion and stay away from tanning around the new piercing.
  • Avoid swimming with a new piercing.
  • Eat foods rich in vitamins to help your body heal.

What Is Your Favorite Piercing?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, tatring.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://tatring.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)