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Every body part will take different healing period. It also depends on person to person. A new piercing will be sore, tender or red for several days up to three weeks. Complete healing normally takes several weeks or more. Below are more specific healing time estimates. During this period, care must be taken to avoid infection. Touching or, for genital and oral piercings, sexual activity is usually discouraged.

Primary Healing usually takes about as long as is listed below; the jewellery should not be removed during this period. The healing time should not be rushed. Very often a piercing that seemed to be healed will start to have problems when it is handled roughly, or exposed to mouth contact or unwashed hands before fully healed.

Full Healing starts after primary healing is complete and usually takes about as long as primary healing, during this period the skin thickens and starts to gain elasticity. An additional "toughening up" period takes place after full healing is complete, this "toughening up" period also takes about as long as the primary healing time. During "toughening up" the skin remodels itself developing an internal texture in the fistula tube that replaces the shiny scar like internal surface. Thus, Following is the chart, which gives the average time for piercing to heal.

Head

Beauty mark: 8 - 10 weeks
Bridge: 8 - 10 weeks
Cheek/Anti-Eyebrow: 10 - 12 weeks
Ear cartilage: 6-8 weeks
Ear lobes: 6 - 8 weeks
Eyebrow: 6 - 8 weeks
Lip: 2 to 3 months
Nostril: 2 - 4 months
Septum: 6 - 8 months
Tongue: 4 - 6 weeks

Torso

Female Nipples: 4 - 6 months
Male Nipples: 2 - 4 months
Navel piercing: 4 months - 1Year
Hand web: 6 - 9 months
Surface: 6 - 9 months
Neck: 6 - 9 months
Female genitalia: 4 to 10 weeks
Male genitalia: 4 weeks to 6 months

Over time, after the piercing, the resulting wound is allowed to heal, forming a tunnel of scar tissue called a fistula. When the piercing has fully healed, the initial jewellery may be changed or removed for short periods.

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