Different Types of Body Piercings and How Long they Heal
Finally decided to get some body piercings? What type of body piercing do you have in mind? There are many types of piercings you can do with your body, but for now, we’ll just concentrate on the three most popular types these days (excluding the face and the ears).
It's always good to have an understanding of the time it could take to heal specific piercings before you make the decision to book an appointment for a procedure.
While these are often called "belly button piercings", the belly button isn't actually pierced. The piercing typically goes from above the top rim of the belly button down and out into the belly button cavity. The same can be done at any point around the belly button rim. Don't expect to take your navel piercing out anytime soon after getting it done. Average healing time is up to 12 months.
Chest piercings are piercings put anywhere from the clavicle to the ribs. These can be done as micro dermal piercings or sometimes as a surface piercing with a bar that has two protruding ends. With proper care and cleaning, a pierced chest may heal completely in four to six weeks.
Nipple Piercings (Female)
Nipples can be pierced in many different ways, but horizontally is the most popular. They can also be done vertically and diagonally though, and look equally awesome. Plus, if you're into a more extreme look, you can have multiple piercings through the same nipple.
Nipple piercings take longer to heal for women than for men. Healing times vary between 3 to 6 months for females, while 2 to 4 months for males.
Practice proper aftercare!
Shortly after you get a body piercing, the area is highly susceptible to irritation and infection. It's important to take care of your piercing to prevent infection from occurring. After care includes washing hands prior to touching the piercing, soaking with saline for 5-10 minutes once or twice a day, washing with a small amount of mild soap daily and rinsing thoroughly. Also use disposable paper products to dry the area instead of cloth items such as towels as these could harbor bacteria or cause mechanical irritation.