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How New Piercings Heal

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A new body piercing is going to heal at different speeds, depending on where on your body it is. The fastest healing piercing is the tongue, which thanks to the fact that it’s a soft muscle with a steady supply of blood, heals in a month or so. Ear piercings and nose piercings are right behind it, as they have similar blood supply but are made of cartilage. The belly button is the slowest, and also needs to be watched for signs of infection while it heals. It could be as long as a year before you can wear your belly button rings.

Tongue piercings heal the fastest, because the tongue is soft muscle, which heals extremely quickly. It also has the added benefit of being near the brain, giving it a plentiful supply of blood. You could be wearing your new tongue rings as quickly as a month after you get it pierced. These same factors make the tongue swell quite a bit though, so be aware of that.

The next fastest is the ear and the nose. These body parts benefit from the same blood flow that the tongue gets, but they also are made of cartilage, which heals much slower than muscle does. They could take 4-6 weeks, or longer if there are any complications.

The slowest piercing to heal is the belly button. The belly button is far away from major veins, and the skin you pierce doesn’t have much blood going to it either, both of which slow healing down. On top of that, the belly button needs to be watched for signs of infection, as an infection there can easily spread to the major organs. It could take anywhere from three months to an entire year for a belly button to completely heal.

Whatever piercing you get, be sure to take the time you need to get better. Rushing the process can only lead to trouble.

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