Some piercings are easier to heal than others. Each piercing has its own healing timeline and each person heals differently. Your piercing will heal in stages and it takes about one full year to get through all these stages. You may progress in your healing and regress in your healing depending on what you do and don't do during the first year. To heal, your body will form new skin cells inside your piercing to create a skin tunnel or tube called a fistula. During the first year the cells inside and around the edges are extremely delicate. The longer you have your piercing the thicker and stronger these cells become.
Think of your piercing is a wound with a piece of metal in it. During the first year be gentle with it because when metal and skin compete, metal always wins. Help your body accept this new jewelry, adapt to, and heal around it by consistently following the do's and don'ts on your aftercare sheet every day during the first year, even if it is looking and feeling good.
All aftercare suggestions are based on training, research, and years of professional experience. These suggestions should not be a substitute for medical advice from a physician. If you suspect an infection, make an appointment with your doctor. Please note that it is important that you see a physician who is piercing educated, accepting, and experienced.