Repiercing is a common issue for many piercing enthusiasts. There are many reasons why you might decide to have a particular piercing repierced after you had to get rid of the old one. Accidents happen. Some piercings close on their own, while the others get rejected. Migration is another common problem many people face.
Sometimes, you are forced to take the jewelry out and you can’t retain your piercing. This will usually make the hole completely heal and close, so you will lose the piercing you love. All in all, there are many reasons why you might want to retire a piercing and yet even more reasons why you might be forced to do so.
Getting Pierced Again
In case you were forced to retire a piercing you loved, chances are that you’ll want to get this specific body part pierced again. This is when you’ll need repiercing. Repiercing is simply getting pierced again on the approximately same place.
A few considerations have to be taken into account here. First of all, repiercing is not always possible. It will depend on the way your previous piercing had to be retired. In case there was heavy scarring or another problem (usually due to rejection, migration and infections), repiercing the same place might not be possible. Luckily, this doesn’t happen often. Chances are that you will be able to get repierced.
If you want to get repierced, the key step is to be patient. You need to give your body enough time to heal after the original piercing has been retired. It’s generally advisable to wait about a year before you get repierced on the same spot. Even better, wait more than a year – the longer the better. This will give the tissue enough time to heal properly so repiercing can be done easily.
When getting repierced, it’s important to choose a good piercer who will know how to minimize any future risk to your piercing. A good piercer will know how to position a new piercing in relation to the scar tissue of the original piercing. Since the scar tissue is weaker than the regular skin, it’s not advisable to pierce straight through it. A good piercer will know how to choose a spot that’s strong enough to support new piercing.
Also, keep in mind that in some cases a new piercing can’t be placed too close to the old one. Sometimes, migrated piercings leave an open channel shallow in the skin and it can’t be used for a new piercing. Such a shallow channel can’t support any jewelry so it should be avoided. Even more, a channel like this can become infected or inflamed if a new piercing is made too close to it.
These are just some of the things you need to keep in mind when thinking about repiercing. It’s best to consult your piercer and ask them about repiercing and whether you can get it or not. Chances are that it will be possible to find a solution and to once again have a piercing in the place of an old one. At the same time, you have to be open to a compromise. In case it’s not possible to get pierced on the exactly the same place, don’t despair. In many cases, it’s possible to find a satisfying compromise that will enable you to have a great piercing where you want it.