So, you got the piercing! You got daring, went for it, and got your piercing, but now you’re worried that it may close. It’s understandable that after going through all the stress, you don’t want to wake up and see your piercing gone.
How long does it take for a piercing to close? Piercings close up very fast if they are just new. It takes only a few hours within the first six months of piercing for closure to happen. After six months, it can take longer to close up.
Factors that Affect How Piercings Close Up
There are many things that affect how quickly your piercing will close up. Let’s take a look at them.
The Location of the Piercing
Depending on the location of your piercing, it may close up slowly or fast. The process of healing a piercing involves the growth of epithelial cells along with the jewelry you put in. The cells grow from the outside to the inside of the skin.
By the time they’re fully formed, they’ll make a fistula which is more or less a tube. Fistulas stay open for long, but that depends on what area of the body they’re growing.
If you get a piercing in your nose, the nasal cavity is lined with mucosa and that may disturb the hole from staying open for too long. A nipple however can stay longer, and so can a belly button. Earlobes heal well too without closing for a very long time.
Cartilage zones close faster. If your piercing was made in a cartilaginous zone, faster closing is expected. Cartilages don’t have a blood supply to them. The hole may thus heal up very quickly.
The Age of the Piercing
If your piercing is less than six weeks old, you can expect that it will close up very fast. In fact, it can close up within only a few minutes.
Old piercings will stay open for longer. Once a piercing passes six months, it may never close up again. That’s why some people can go on for several months and even years without putting an earring in their ears and it’ll still stay open.
How the Piercing is Maintained
The maintenance of your piercing will also determine if it will close on time or not. When your piercing is done unhygienically, or it gets irritated, faster closing can be stimulated.
When a piercing leads to inflammation of the skin or expulsion of discharge, it will prevent the maturation of a healthy fistula. The body will also be trying to heal up the wound on time to protect you.
Eventually, complications may occur. If you realize that you have any such issues after your piercing is done, it’s best to remove the jewelry and consult an expert.
Your Age when You Got the Piercing
If you got your piercing when you were a child, you have the chance of having good healing up without the fistula closing. As adults, the skin heals relatively slower than children’s.
The Type of Piercing
The type of piercing that you do is also another factor to consider. There are different types of piercing. These are:
1. Lobe Piercing: The earlobe closes up within six weeks after it has been pierced, that is if you don’t put in an earring for hours at a stretch.
Once you’re over the six months benchmark from the time you got the piercing, the fistula forms well and the hole stops trying to close. It may never close again.
2. Nostril Piercing: The main thing that affects how quickly nose piercings close is the mucous lining in the nostril. From the inside the nose, it can close within a day of making the hole if you don’t put jewelry in.
But from the outside, it will take longer since there’s no mucous lining on the outside skin.
3. Conch Piercing: This is a cartilaginous zone and it can close within a day or weeks of getting the piercing done. It depends mostly on your body.
Conch piercing takes six months to a year for complete healing to be done. By then, it will not close up so easily anymore.
4. Helix Piercing: Within six weeks of getting a helix piercing, it can close rapidly. After six months, however, it doesn’t close so easily anymore. There’s limited blood flow to the helix. This makes it slow to close even after years.
5. Tragus Piercing: Tragus piercing, like others, closes quickly. The skin may close over it very fast within six months of the piercing. After a year, however, it takes longer to heal.
6. Nipple Piercing: Nipple piercings close very fast. To make it clearer, nipple piercings close within minutes when they are new. You practically have to keep the jewelry in every time.
Even after several years of doing the piercing, it can close up after a few weeks of not having jewelry in there.
7. Navel Piercing: Fresh navel piercing also closes very fast within the first few months of making it.
After some years, it doesn’t close up easily. But in some individuals, it may still close up quickly, even after years.
Will My Piercing Close Up Overnight?
Your piercing may close up overnight if they are new. Depending on the location that you pierced, it may not be advisable to remove your jewelry for several hours within the first six months of the piercing.
Afterward, you should be able to take them out for as long as you want, though not more than some hours.
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Is it Bad to Wear Earrings 24/7?
No, it’s not, especially when your piercing is healing up. Except you’re sensitive to earrings, you should keep them on to stop your piercing from closing up.
However, remember to take them out for cleaning from time to time. Keep your ears healthy to avoid complications.
Closing up of a piercing is not a textbook matter. It varies from body to body. In some people, it takes longer than normal.
The important thing is to keep all factors in mind to be able to care for your piercing appropriately. Other than that, there’s nothing to worry about. If you’re unsure, just keep the earrings in, except for the time you remove them for cleaning.