Healing Time of Penis Piercings

Ampallang vs ApadravyaPenis piercings and male genital piercings in general are more popular than some people may think. If you are interested in these piercings, fear not: there are many reliable and knowledgeable piercers who know how to perform them perfectly. In other words, if you wish to have a penis piercing you can get one without a problem.

That being said, keep in mind that genital piercings are different than “regular” piercings in some ways. First of all, they are performed on a more sensitive body part, and while many are not as painful as they look, they do need some extra care during the healing time. Also, not all piercers are experienced with these piercings so you need to find a studio and a piercer who knows how to perform male genital piercings without a problem.

One of the main questions people ask when it comes to any piercing is the healing time. This is an important fact to know, and it’s best to be researched even before booking your appointment. This question becomes even more important in the case of genital piercings, since they are more sensitive and their healing may affect your sex life.

Healing Time of Penis Piercings: Things to Remember

Before you choose a penis piercing for yourself and take a look at the healing time for your piercing, there are some important things to keep in mind:

  • Healing time is individual. Any list of healing times specific for a certain piercing can give you only an estimate. A lot will depend on your individual anatomy, placement and the way you perform aftercare. Also, since these are genital piercings, keep in mind that the healing time will depend a lot on your sexual activity: if you leave your new piercing alone, it will heal faster, but it also means longer time without sex, which is not something all people wish to do. Keep in mind that all of these factors can make the healing time longer.
  • Healing time is just an estimate. Do not expect to match your own experience perfectly. In some cases, a piercing takes much shorter to heal than average, while in some cases, it takes longer than average. This is why all healing time lists give you an estimate between two times, a typical short and a typical long healing time. In some cases, these times can be very different, which reflects different experiences. Also, keep in mind that your piercing may still take less than the average short or more than the average long time to heal. Once again, take these numbers as an estimate only.
  • Consult your piercer. While it is important to be informed about a piercing you are interested in, keep in mind that your piercer is the one who can give you the best estimate about the healing time. Your piercer will take look at your anatomy and decide on the placement, which will make for a much better estimate for a healing time that applies to your individual case. Make sure to seek a consultation about this even before you go to get pierced. Also, make sure to ask your piercer again about the estimated healing time after you get pierced.
  • Don’t confuse initial healing with full healing. The initial healing time is the most painful and sensitive part of the healing process. It may take days or even weeks after getting pierced. This is when your penis will hurt and any sexual activity may be painful and uncomfortable. You may notice bleeding, swelling and tenderness. Unless they persist, this is normal, but it will make your penis sensitive and uncomfortable. These issues will generally stop once the initial healing time is over and you will be able to start enjoying your new piercing. In the case of penis piercings, it also means enjoying masturbation and sex. However, do not confuse this time with a full healing time: just because your piercing “seems fine” doesn’t mean that it’s fully healed. A piercing takes much longer to heal than it looks. In other words, a healing time for a piercing is longer than it may seem. It is therefore important to continue with the aftercare regime even if your piercing seems like it’s healed, because chances are that it is not, especially if it took much shorter than a typical healing time for your specific piercing.

Prince Albert

Prince Albert (PA) is the most common genital piercing in the world. I is surprisingly easy to perform and it tends to heal relatively fast, so it is not surprising that it is so popular among piercing enthusiasts. PA piercing also offers some degree of functionality in the form of heightened pleasure during sex and masturbation, which is one of the main reasons why people like it so much. While it is not the best functional piercing for enhancing pleasure, PA can sure help.

PA piercings are surprisingly mild when it comes to procedure and healing time. In other words, they are not particularly complex. They use the body’s natural hole (urethra) as one of the piercing holes, so the only part that is pierced is the underside of the penis head. Since the tissue is very thin on this spot, the procedure is done quickly.

Healing time for PA piercings is 1-2 months (can be as long as 4 months or more).

PA piercings tend to heal quickly. Many will be fully healed in a month or less than two months. As such, they make one of the easiest genital piercings to heal. However, keep in mind that a lot depends on your individual anatomy, aftercare and sexual practices during the healing time. These factors can make your PA piercing more difficult to heal. It is not uncommon for a Prince Albert piercing to take several months to heal. Some PA piercings will only heal after 6 months or even more, so keep this in mind. You need to monitor your piercing closely to see how healing is going.

Reverse Prince Albert

Reverse Prince Albert (Reverse PA) piercing is a piercing done through the urethra to the upper side of the penis glans. It takes the opposite direction of the regular PA piercing: PA piercings go from the pee hole down and end on the underside of the penis, while Reverse PA goes from the pee hole to the upper side of the penis.

While they may seem similar these are two very different piercings, even though they have many similarities. The main difference is the complexity: Reverse PA is more complex than regular PA. It doesn’t mean it is particularly extreme or difficult to perform, but this is a piercing that goes through more tissue than regular PA. All of this has an influence on the healing time, so don’t be surprised if you Reverse PA takes longer to heal than the regular PA.

Healing time for Reverse PA piercings is 2-6 months.

Many times, a Reverse PA piercing will heal in a few months. Many Reverse Prince Albert piercings take around 2 months to heal. However, keep in mind that this piercing type can take much longer to heal. It is not unheard of to have your Reverse PA heal in 4 or even 6 months, or even longer. Keep this in mind if you choose to get a Reverse PA piercing.


Ampallang vs ApadravyaApadravya is known as the vertical penis piercing. It is done vertically through the penis head and it can be seen as a combination of a Prince Albert and Reverse Prince Albert piercings. Apadravya is very popular among people who seek genital piercings that are also functional, that is, those that enhance pleasure during sex. Apadravya is known to be very pleasurable, both for the wearer and his partners. The bead of the jewelry can nicely massage a woman’s G-spot during intercourse, so this is a sure plus for those looking to enhance the experience of vaginal sex. Healing time of the Apadravya piercing: 3-6 months (can be as long as 10-12 months).

Your Apadravya piercing should heal in about 3 to 6 months. However, keep in mind that it may take longer to heal, so make sure to monitor your piercing closely. If you already have a PA piercing so you only need to get the “upper” part (Reverse PA) to make it into a full Apadravya, the healing time will be quicker and similar to that of the Reverse PA piercing.


Ampallang is a horizontal piercing done through the penis head. It is often seen as a counterpart to the Apadravya, the vertical penis piercing. Ampallang is particularly popular among those who want to enhance pleasure during sex. Just keep in mind that this piercing may make your penis head too thick and thus uncomfortable for some partners. Other people, however, love it. Some people say it feels particularly great for anal sex.

Healing time of the Ampallang piercing: 5-6 months (can be as long as 10-12 months).

The healing time is a bit longer than that of the Apadravya. You can expect your Ampallang piercing to heal in about 5 to 6 months, sometimes longer. Keep in mind that some people have their Ampallang heal in even less time (4 months, or even less) but this is rare.


Dolphin piercing is sometimes considered a “deep PA” piercing, or “long PA”, due to its placement. It starts out just like a PA piercing (at the pee hole), but instead of exiting just one the underside of the penis, the exit hole is positioned lower on the shaft. This makes for a longer and often more effective piercing.

Since Dolphin piercing goes through more tissue than a Prince Albert piercing, it means that it is a bit more complex and it takes longer to heal. This is still a somewhat easy and quick piercing, but it is a bit more complex than a basic PA.

Healing time of the Dolphin piercing is 1-4 months.

Many of the Dolphin piercings will heal in about a month or two, but keep in mind that they may take longer to heal. Some take as long as 4 months to heal, or even more. Keep this in mind if you choose to get a Dolphin piercing. As usual, good aftercare and keeping it gentle during the initial healing time will make the piercing heal faster.

Frenum and Lorum

Frenum piercing is done on the lower side of the penis shaft, typically right under the penis head. However, keep in mind that you can have frenum piercings done along the penis shaft, usually centrally.

Lorum piercings are literally “low frenum” piercings. They are done very low on the shaft, near the scrotum. In many ways, this piercing is similar to the frenum piercing. Many people choose to have a so-called frenum ladder – a series of piercings going down the shaft, typically starting from the penis head to the scrotum.

Frenum and lorum piercings can take 1 to 6 months to heal.

Frenum and lorum piercings can be tricky when it comes to the healing time. A lot depends on the man’s individual anatomy and the activities done after the piercing (sex and masturbation, using condoms or not using condoms, etc.) It makes it difficult to say how an individual frenum and lorum piercings will heal. In some cases, a frenum piercing can heal in as quickly as 4 weeks (or, very rarely, even less).

However, keep in mind that this is rare, and often depends on the location of the piercing. Typically, however, frenum piercings take a few months to heal. In some cases, the healing time is 6 months or even longer. Keep this in mind if you wish to get a frenumpiercing.

Lorum piercings tend to heal faster, but this is not an absolute rule – many lorum piercings take more than frenum piercings to heal, so keep this in mind. Most lorum piercings are expected to heal in a few months. Some take as little as one month to heal while others take around 3 months or even longer.


Not a penis piercing, but a popular male genital piercing so it’s worth a mention. Hafada is a piercing done on the scrotum. Keep in mind that this is actually a surface piercing since it only affects the skin on the scrotum and not testicles themselves. As such, it is not a really complex piercing and it tend to heals relatively fast.

If you are looking for a true testicle piercing, you should look for transscrotal procedures. They are more serious and extreme body modification procedures and they take much longer to heal. A simple hafada is different and relatively easy to heal.

Healing time for hafada is about 1-3 months.

A lot will depend on your anatomy and the aftercare regime, but most hafada piercings are expected to heal in a few months. Sometimes, they take as little as one month to heal, but this is somewhat rare. Expect that it will take a few months, although in some cases it may take more than 3 months for your hafada to be fully healed.


Another genital piercing that is not a penis piercing but is popular enough to mention here. Guiche piercing is done on the perineum. Depending on the exact placement, it can be done near the scrotum or very near the anus. This placement, along with the person’s individual anatomy, will determine the healing time.

This is a great piercing for people who like a bit of extra feeling in the area, but keep in mind that it requires a very dedicated aftercare since this is a sensitive area that can get dirty easily.

Healing time for guiche piercing is 1-3 months.

Guiche piercings take a few months to heal, although a lot depends on the exact placement. In some cases, a guiche piercing can heal in about a month, but it is not rare that it takes 3 months or even more to heal.

About Melina Jackson:
Melina is a staff writer, author and researcher for TheChainGang. She covers numerous subjects, from body jewelry to kinky adult toys. In addition to this, Melina also provides occasional adult toy reviews written in an interesting and sexy manner. She says: “I’m happy and proud to be a part of TheChainGang team. I enjoy every research because I know how much importance TheChainGang places on customer satisfaction and providing accurate and up to date information. I particularly like sex toy reviews: they are fun to write and experience”. In addition to writing and researching, Melina provides online research results and handy information for buyers interested in accurate and easily understandable tips and advice on choosing the best adult toys and body jewelry.

One thought on “Healing Time of Penis Piercings

  1. Ms. Jackson:

    Why can’t lidocaine or similar topical anesthetic
    be used to reduce the pain of penis piercings?

    Thank you!

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