The Tongue Piercing Healing Process

Tongue Piercing HealingAsk anyone who has recently had a tongue piercing, and he will probably tell you how thrilled he is with it!

He will also tell you that tongue piercing healing did not take more than six weeks. This unique yet trendy piercing needs proper care to make sure that it is completely healed.

Why tongue piercing healing is quicker

The reason is that because the tongue is a muscle with a constant supply of blood. And so healing is easier than for most other types of piercings. Our saliva contains ptyalin, an enzyme which destroys bacteria along with antimicrobial peptide, thus reducing the chances of an infection.

Tongue piercing healing – Aftercare tips

During the tongue piercing healing period, you must take care not to overuse oral hygiene products as that can hinder the good bacteria that help us heal. Luckily, the actual piercing process is not all that painful as the piercer can easily pierce the tongue. But in spite of all this, the tongue will become somewhat swollen and feel quite tender. This goes away in a few days. During this time, you can eat soft food like mashed vegetables, fruits and cold products.

When the tongue piercing healing is in progress, don’t get worried if you seem to produce more saliva than usual. This will automatically stop when the swelling goes down. Your piercer will use a longer barbell so that you are not uncomfortable when the tongue would swell up. Expect your taste buds to feel a bit sore. You will also find the jewelry in your piercing to be a bit irritating. It is a good idea to avoid speaking too much for a few days until the piercing heals.

In case you see some fluid oozing out from the piercing, it is no cause for worry as that is the body’s way of healing the piercing by removing the dead cells. Do not touch the piercing. Who knows, you may be one of those lucky people whose tongue piercing healing takes just two weeks!

Tongue piercing healing also depends on how long your tongue is and where exactly you get the piercing done. Longer tongues and piercing farther away from the tip of the tongue mean slower healing. After the tongue’s swelling subsides, you can ask your piercer to help you fit in the right tongue ring.

Tongue Piercing

Tongue PiercingIf you choose to have a tongue piercing then the good news is that it heals itself really quickly. It is one of the most popular piercings available these days and it is not overly visible.

So it makes a statement, yet it doesn’t necessarily push it into people’s faces. However, there are a few things that you need to be aware of before you make up your mind that you want a tongue piercing.

Things to Consider

Whilst the tongue piercing is extremely common, there are some exceptions where you should not get the piercing. Generally the piercer should tell you if you are an unsuitable candidate for the procedure. However, just in case they don’t it is a good idea to understand when it might not be suitable for you to have a tongue piercing.

Firstly if you have a protruding tongue web then it is definitely not a good idea to have a tongue piercing. The tongue web is situated underneath the tongue and everybody has a different length web. It can sometimes extend all the way to the tip of the tongue, but in some people it is not really visible at all. The problem with piercing a tongue which has a protruding tongue web is that the piercing would likely end up rubbing the web and this would make it really painful.

Another reason why you may choose not to have a tongue piercing is because you may have prominent veins on the bottom of the tongue. Usually the veins do not cause a problem but a piercer will be able to advise you whether you should go ahead with the piercing or not. It is extremely rare for a tongue piercing not to go ahead because of prominent veins, but there are still cases where it might not be safe.

The above are just a couple of things to consider when deciding whether or not to get your tongue pierced. If you do opt for a tongue piercing then you can rest assured that it will likely heal really quickly and you will suffer very few problems because of it. However it is worth noting that just after the piercing has been done, swelling will occur and this can be very painful. You do not have to give the piercing much aftercare however and once it has healed you can choose from a variety of different tongue studs and jewellery to make the piercing stand out!

Body Piercing Healing

Body Piercing HealingThis is the eternal question I hear very often – when can I change my belly (nose, tongue, nipple, etc…) ring?

Yes, the majority of you who get body piercings just can’t await when it will be possible to change the initial piece of body jewelry and insert a new one!

That’s understandable; however, you have to know at least the approximate body piercing healing times to assess the condition of your fresh body piercing.

This is very important due to two main reasons.

First – if you ignore body piercing healing time of the particular piercing site, you may damage the half-healed piercing by inserting new body jewelry too early. This in turn will result in prolonged healing time.

Secondly – you increase the likelihood of getting a body piercing infection. You see – the longer the fresh piercing remains unhealed, the more likely the infection is to creep into the wound.

So as you can see, you really shouldn’t rush your body and ignore its natural healing speed. You can read this belly piercing story, for instance, to see what can happen if a girl is too willing to change the initial body jewelry!

Well, the next things to understand about body piercing healing are the three stages of the piercing healing process.

1st Stage Of Body Piercing Healing – Growing New Skin

After the piercing has been performed, the first thing that you body needs to do is – stop the bleeding process and prevent bacteria from entering the wound. Although not every body piercing will result in a visible infection, it’s been actually reported that 10 to 20% of all body piercings result in mild infections!

But generally every piercing will be swollen right after the piercing has been performed and also some discharge will appear during the following days. It’s just the body’s natural defense system in action and it pushes the damaged tissue and bacteria out of the tiny wound.

Very soon after the piercing a temporary clot of scab is formed to prevent the bleeding and protect the wound. Then your body starts forming new skin cells and within a few weeks after the piercing a new skin layer has formed!

However, you have to understand that this new skin is very fragile and vulnerable to mechanical intervention, so it should be taken for granted that the initial body jewelry remains in the piercing during this stage!

And also bear in mind – no rough handling, no exposure to body fluids and dirt. The fresh piercing can still easily get infected, so you have to make sure it stays sound and clean!

In the table below you can find approximate haling times of the most popular body piercings. Just bear in mind – it shows the duration of the first stage of the healing, so it is actually wise to wait twice as much to make sure the skin thickens and it’s safe to insert a new piece of body jewelry!

Body Piercing Healing Times

2nd Stage Of Body Piercing Healing – Full Healing

During this stage of body piercing healing the new skin gains thickness and becomes more like a real skin. The full healing takes about the same time as the first stage of body piercing healing (as seen in the table above).

But even though this stage is called full healing, the new skin still doesn’t reach its mature stage. However, you can safely change your initial body jewelry at this stage because the skin isn’t that vulnerable to damage and infections anymore!

3rd Stage Of Body Piercing Healing – Maturing

This is when the body piercing gains all the features of a permanent skin. The scar-like tissue is formed into a tube called fistula, and this is when the piercing wound can’t close up anymore. But of course, it depends on the piercing type.

For example, tongue piercings can close up at any stage; some also say that due to the vascular nature of the face the facial piercings can also close up even though they’re fully healed.

But it’s all down to the particular person’s body type and features. So one may walk for years with an eyebrow ring taken out, while another may have it close up after a few months!