If you’re asking this question, you’re likely considering removing your earrings.
You also want to know if the piercing will close up, or if there is a chance to make a return when you’re ready to get back to wearing earrings.
Here, we are going to answer this question and others so that you can make an informed choice about the steps you want to take.
Do ear piercings close up after years?
Once the piercing is healed, you’ll find that the hole will take a lot longer to close.
The reason why estimating how long it takes for an ear piercing to close up is that bodies are different. That said, it is thought that ear piercings do not close for about eight months.
If you do decide to put them back in before the time lapses, you will feel some discomfort as the hole will not be used to that level of expansion.
When you get to about a year, the hole will have closed, and you’re left with scar tissue. If you do want to get the ear re-pierced, then you can go right ahead.
However, when the piercing is fresh, you’ll find that the hole will close after a few days. Also, remember, if you take off your earrings before the hole is healed, give it a few months so that it heals completely. Doing so before that causes unnecessary trauma, and it could also be painful.
A good time to wait is about six weeks, depending on how fast your body heals.
Will newly pierced ears close up in an hour? Or overnight?
Newly pierced will not close after an hour or even overnight after getting it.
The reason why you’re asked to let the earrings you’ve been pierced with a stay in is that when the piercing is fresh, you’re risking infection by leaving the area exposed.
You’re meant to wait for about six weeks before you remove the earring and change it to something else. The other risk present is that removing the jewelry before the stipulated time will cause the hole to heal incorrectly, and even form keloids.
If you have to take out the earring for whatever reason, be sure to clean it thoroughly after taking it out.
You should also do the same when it is time to take it back out. The issue that you might end up having is that when it’s time to put the earring back in, you’ll experience discomfort.
Also, if you take longer than the few hours, you will find that the hole has become smaller; you’ll get some bit of resistance before you can get the earring back in.
Can earring holes close up after 10 years?
The earlobes have a very tough fistula, and it will tighten over some time. You can, therefore, go for a few years, even ten years, and the hole will not be sufficiently close. However, that depends on the area of your ear. If you’ve pierced where the cartridge is, then the whole will most definitely close.
That is because there is no blood flow in that area, and so the body will choose to heal it. It will also cause scarring when it is completely closed. That said, you can’t get away with not wearing your earrings for a few days if the piercing is on the cartridge.
If you’ve had a piercing for a long time, let’s say, for ten years, and you still find that your holes tend to close up after a few days, likely, the piercing didn’t heal completely and the narrative continues.
When one has irritation due to the type of jewelry, then you’re likely going to have raw holes. Once the body is in that state, it identified the hole as a wound that needs healing and thus closed up the area.
If you have had ear piercings for a long time and you find that even a day or two of not wearing earrings cause it to close, then consider getting earrings that you can wear round the clock, and your skin is not allergic to.
If I don’t wear earrings, will the hole close?
The short answer to this question is “yes.” If you don’t wear earrings, the hole will close. However, how long that takes depends on where the piercing on the ears is and also how long you’ve had the piercing.
If it is less than six weeks old, then the hole will close up on about 24 hours. When the hole is healed, it takes a lot longer.
For those who’ve had earrings on for years, even if you don’t wear earrings for a week, the hole will not close. It would take a few weeks for that to happen.
However, if you’re sensitive to metal and your piercings seem always to be irritated or have infections, then the hole will close within a few days. When that happens, you do need to wait a while before you get the ears re-pierced.
If you want the hole to close entirely without any scarring, then you do have to take better care of the piercing. Make sure that you clean it well during the early stages of the piercing and also use quality jewelry to avoid a reaction.
Otherwise, if you don’t want your piercings to close, then you do need to ensure that you don’t leave your earrings out for too long. Get a type that you can wear daily and is comfortable.
Once in a while, take out the earrings, clean the hole and pop the studs back in. That way, you’re assured that you have healthy piercings that will still look good decades down the line.