Outer labia piercings take between 4 to 6 months to heal completely. If the labia is prominent, there are fewer chances of the piercing migrating or getting rejected. Captive bead rings having a gauge of 10 to 12 and a diameter of 1/2 to 5/8 inch are considered to be suitable for use in the initial stages. It is considered to be ideal if the diameter of the ring exceeds the width of the piercing by at least 1/4 inch. If the ring has a very small diameter, it may lead to narrowing of the piercing and there are also chances of migration and scarring. Such piercings might swell in the initial stages and hence the ring that is chosen should be wide enough. On account of abrasion due to walking, circular barbells might get unscrewed. When the outer labia piercing is fresh, it is not advisable to use straight or curved barbells because of the swelling at the area. The piercee might find and outer labia piercing uncomfortable due to perspiration, low circulation of air as well as abrasion due to clothing, thighs and the labia on the opposite side. In some people, an area of tender, irritated tissue develops around the edges of the piercing. The process of healing of the piercing can be accelerated by using loose-fitting clothing that allows sufficient air circulation and by keeping the area dry and clean. Generally, the area of inflammation goes down as the process of healing takes place.
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