Healing after a body piercing: What is normal?

08 15th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

Getting a body piercing always involves some initial pain, followed by discomfort during healing.  The healing stage of a body piercing varies depending upon the type of body piercing, the amount (or lack of) care given to the area (known as aftercare), and the individuals own regenerative power.  During healing, there is always a certain amount of swelling and redness the first few days (known as the inflammatory phase), that accompanies a normal body piercing.  This phase if followed by the growth phase (which lasts a few weeks to several months), where new skin is regenerated.

The final phase is called the maturation phase, where the new tissue becomes accustomed to the body jewelry.  You can fluctuate between the second and third stages with your new piercing for years before your healing is completely finished.  Normal healing involves some bleeding and swelling with tenderness initially, with intermittent bleeding for a few days.  Bruising in the pierced area is also expected, and normal.  However extended bleeding (beyond a few days) is a concern and you should consult your piercer or physician if this occurs.  A normal piercing involves slight swelling, redness, and possible fluid oozing for a prolonged period of time, even as long as a few weeks or even months after the piercing.  You may also experience a ‘flare-up’ when the piercing is traumatized and needs to be treated as a fresh wound all over again.  Even with proper aftercare attention and procedures, it is always possible with any kind of  body piercing that infection may occur.  Infections are primarily caused by bacterial exposure, and can vary in both their severity and duration.  Always refer to your aftercare guidelines for treatment and if anything abnormal occurs (extended bleeding, etc.) always consult your piercer or physician.


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