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How long will it take a recently-pierced ear to close up?

Asked by flash74686 (428 points ) March 29th, 2012

I just got my ears double pierced, and one side is higher than the other. Normally, it wouldn’t be a problem, I’m sure, but I’m thinking of getting a third pair right above the second. There’s probably not enough room for a third piercing on the higher side without touching cartilage so I’m thinking of taking the earring out and letting the hole close back up before getting it re-pierced. I just got them done today. If I took the earring out now, how long should I wait before trying to pierce the area again?

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Trillian's avatar

What did they tell you at the place where you got your ears pierced?

flash74686's avatar

@Trillian They told me how long it would take the piercing to heal. I know it takes less time for a recently pierced hole to close up, so that’s why I’m asking, because it doesn’t seem like the same thing.

marinelife's avatar

It should close and be healed in 2–3 weeks.

Trillian's avatar

Yeah, ok. Sorry, totally different thing and though 3 weeks is the standard answer, you may get away with re-piercing sooner. Check with the shop. You wouldn’t want the holes to overlap and be longer on one side.

Sunny2's avatar

Remove the plug immediately. It should heal up in a couple weeks at the longest. Then ask how soon you can get a new piercing. Don’t try to make it a shorter process than it is. Be patient.

JLeslie's avatar

Very fast if it was just done today. Within 10 days most likely. It will heal like any cut. I decided to let a second hole close within a few days of piercing and you would never know I had one. The hole in the other ear, which I used for several years, I only put an earing in about every 5 years now, and it is always open, that little tiny hole.

I would wait a month to repierce.

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