When you get a new piercing, you are essentially welcoming a foreign object into your body! Sometimes our bodies do not accept this foreign object, and this is when piercings begin to migrate and/or reject.
Even if your aftercare is spot on, sometimes your body says NO to a certain piercing! It will then proceed to push the jewelry out of your skin until eventually it kicks the jewelry out of your body completely. The key is catching it before this happens to avoid excess scarring or trauma.
This is not something that you should worry about too much though, as it is not extremely common and is seen more in certain piercings than others. These piercings include dermal and surface piercings, eyebrow piercings, and belly piercings. Ear piercings can reject too, such as the rook and daith, especially if they are pierced too shallow.
SIGNS OF REJECTION
When a piercing begins to reject, you will notice that the amount of skin that is holding the jewelry in is thiner than before and the piercing is noticeably moving away from your body. The entrance and exit holes may appear larger and the skin around the holes may be red, inflamed, peeling, see through, or calloused feeling.
Rejection usually happens in the first few months after getting a piercing, but can also happen years later if something causes your bodies immune system to kick up.
CAUSES OF REJECTION
There can be many reasons why your piercing is rejecting! Personal factors such as stress, genetics, weight changes, and the tightness of your skin can all play a role. External factors such as incorrectly sized jewelry, and inferior jewelry material also contribute to a piercing rejecting! The piercing's location is also important, as piercings on flat surfaces are more likely to reject.
HOW TO AVOID REJECTION
To avoid rejection, the first thing you need to find a very good piecer. Improperly placed piercings are a large precursor for rejecting piercings, so by finding a reputable piercer you will have properly placed piercings which have a much less chance of rejecting. I have learned this lesson twice with both my belly button and my daith piercing. Both were pierced too shallow, and ended up migrating towards the surface, so I eventually had to remove both of them!
Then you need to make sure that you follow proper aftercare protocol, which should be a no-touch policy with rinsing in the shower and a saline spray daily.
Be sure that you leave the jewelry you were initially pierced with in for an adequate amount of time and if you do change your jewelry before your piercing is healed be sure you're changing to something that is implant grade, and properly sized.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU NOTICE YOUR PIERCING IS REJECTING
Don't panic! You may be able to save your piercing with just a simple jewelry change. Visit your piercer to make sure your jewelry is the correct size and is not too heavy or made of an inferior material. Your piercer may be able to help you find a new piece of jewelry that will make your piercing happy again!
If a jewelry change doesn't help, it is best to take the jewelry out, let it heal, and repierce the area later.
In conclusion, making sure your piercer is awesome and your piercing is placed correctly among a few other key factors is essential to happy, healthy, non rejection piercings! Let's be honest, it's a super sad day when we have to say RIP to any piercing, so do your research!
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Until next week,