A piercing is a popular way to spice up your appearance and show off your personality. But like any 'injury', a piercing needs to heal before you can swap it out for another piercing. The healing process depends on several factors, such as the location of the piercing and how well you care for the piercing. In this blog I will give you more information about the healing of a piercing and when you can change it.
There are a number of signs you can look for to know when your piercing has healed. Is your piercing no longer red or swollen and are you no longer in pain or discomfort when touching or moving the piercing? Good news: your piercing has probably healed.
It is important to remember that the healing process of a piercing can vary from person to person. One heals a piercing within a few weeks and the other takes half a year or a year! It is therefore important to clean your piercing regularly and seek professional advice from a piercer if you have any doubts about the healing of your piercing. This way you prevent unpleasantly long healing periods. Of course no one wants that!
Caring for piercings
To ensure that your piercing heals in the best possible way, it is important to take good care of your piercing. This means that you should regularly wash the piercing with lukewarm water and a mild soap. In addition, it is important that you do not touch or move the piercing too often. If you continue to suffer from pain, redness or other discomfort for a long time after the piercing, it is useful to contact a doctor or piercer for advice.
When to change piercing?
Swapping a piercing for a new one is something many people think about when they want to change or refresh their appearance. But when is it exactly the right time to change a piercing? Below we list some factors to consider when deciding when it's time to change your piercing.
- When the piercing has healed: It is important to wait for your piercing to fully heal before replacing it with a new piercing. This can usually take between 4 and 12 weeks. This depends on the location of the piercing and whether the piercing has been adequately cared for. Putting a new piece of jewelry in your ear before the skin has completely healed can lead to complications such as infections or other injuries.
- When you're tired of wearing the same piercing: Some people just get the sense that they're ready to try something new when it comes to piercings. If you've been wearing your piercing for a while and are tired of wearing the same piercing, it may be time to switch to a new piercing. There are so many different types of jewelry available, so it's fun to experiment with different styles and materials. Think for example of a huggie ring !
- When you've gotten professional advice: If you're unsure about when it's time to change a piercing, it can be helpful to get professional advice from a piercer. They can help you determine when it's safe to get a new piercing and what types of jewelry would work best for your skin and style.