Migration and Rejection: Additional Things to Consider

Piercing Migration and RejectionMigration and rejection are probably the most common problems you can encounter with body piercings. It sucks when it happens, so you need to recognize their signs and understand why they are happening.

Treating migration and rejection is not easy and it doesn’t always work. Sometimes, your body will react in a way you can’t predict. This is why it’s important to know that piercings are always under a certain risk of migration and rejection (particularly rejection). This risk is never 0%, but it can be minimized.

Read the following tips to learn how to minimize this risk.

Know the Difference

The first thing you need to know is the difference between migration and rejection. Many people seem to confuse the two or assume they are basically the same. They aren’t, but they can be closely linked (a migrated piercing is more likely to be rejected).

In short:

  • Migration - The movement of the piercing from its initial placement. After the move, the piercing settles and heals in this new location.
  • Rejection – The body rejects the piercing by slowly pushing it out of the body. A rejected piercing is a lost piercing.

Why Does Migration Happen?

Migration can happen for several reasons. Most commonly, migration happens because you weren’t pierced correctly. A piercing has to be deep enough and made on a suitable place so it won’t migrate. This is why it’s important to hire an experienced piercer who will know how to minimize the risk of migration. If insufficient amount of tissue is pierced, or if unsuitable tissue is pierced, migration can happen at any time.

Another cause of migration is a bad aftercare practice. You need to follow the aftercare instructions carefully during the healing process. Migration can be caused by harsh products or lack of hygiene.

Also, keep in mind that migration sometimes happens even when you’re pierced correctly and you follow aftercare instructions. This is the risk you need to make when getting a new piercing.

Why Does Rejection Happen?

Rejection mainly happens because your body recognizes a piercing as a wound and jewelry as a foreign object. Therefore, it will try to heal this wound and close it. It will also try to get rid of the foreign object by slowly pushing it out, like a splinter.

This is why one of the first signs of rejection is piercing getting shallow and jewelry being able to be seen under the skin.

There is no way to eliminate the risk of rejection completely, but there are some things that can be done to minimize it. Again, proper piercing technique should be used. This is why it’s important to hire an experienced piercer. Your piercing needs to be deep enough to minimize the risk of rejection.

Also, you need to follow the aftercare instructions carefully. Resist the urge to touch your piercing or to twist it and move it. It’s also important not to change your jewelry too soon: make sure that your piercing is healed before you do that.

Important Tips

  • For the best results and a long-lasting piercing, it’s important to make sure that there’s at least 5/16 inches of tissue between the entrance and exit holes. If the piercing is narrower than this, you are risking migration and rejection.
  • Never allow jewelry to come all the way through to the surface. If you experience rejection, it’s best to retire a piercing and then wait to get a new one. If you allow your body to reject a piercing it will leave a split scar. The scar will likely remain and it will make further piercing on the same spot more difficult.
  • In case you notice some changes, it’s important to keep an eye on them.
  • Some warning signs: you have less than 1/4 inch of tissue between the openings, you can see the jewelry through the skin, or the skin between the openings is flaking or inflamed.
  • Any of the described issues can happen long after the piercing is healed. There is always a risk, but healed piercings have a lower risk of migration and rejection.
  • Always use high-quality body jewelry made of body-safe materials. This is the best way to minimize the risk of migration and rejection.

Rejection and How to Avoid It

RejectionRejection is a common problem many pierced people face. It’s important to understand that any piercing type can be rejected, though there are certain types with a higher risk of rejection. In a way, rejection is a constant risk for any piercing, and that’s something you need to live with.

Luckily, there are many ways to minimize this risk and to be happy with your piercing. Many people never encounter rejections with any of their piercings, so it’s good to know that rejection is not always a problem.

What is Piercing Rejection?

It’s important to understand that your body treats any piercing as a wound and any jewelry as a foreign object. Therefore, the body will make an effort to heal the wound whenever possible and to push the foreign object out of the body.

When it comes to healing, it’s important to keep jewelry inside the piercing hole at all times or else the piercing will start to heal. Even old, healed piercings will heal if jewelry is not worn, unless it’s a piercing stretched to a very large gauge.

So, it’s important to keep jewelry inside. This is where the issue of rejection comes to play: your body will treat jewelry as a foreign object and will try to get rid of it. Rejection happens when the body succeeds to push the jewelry out.

During rejection, the jewelry will get pushed to the surface. This process happens gradually but it results in jewelry being moved to the surface of the skin until it eventually comes out.

Rejection is very frustrating and annoying, because it means you won’t be able to keep that great piercing or that gorgeous jewelry piece. Since rejection is always a risk, it’s important to know how to minimize this risk.

How to Prevent Rejection

While it’s impossible to bring rejection risk to 0%, it’s possible to greatly minimize the risk so you won’t have to worry about rejection problems. There are some very effective steps you can take to prevent piercing rejection:

Correct piercing. The most important step is to have a piercing done correctly. This is why it’s important to find a reliable, experienced piercer. This person will know how to pierce you and what kind of a procedure is needed to ensure the best results. Some things will depend on your anatomy while the others will depend on the type of the piercing you wish to get. A good piercer will know how to combine all the factors to make the safest piercing that will not get rejected. For these reasons, choosing a good piercer is of utmost importance.

Choose the right jewelry. It’s important that the jewelry you use is high-quality and suitable for the type of piercing you have. Your jewelry has to be of a correct size. It should not be too small or too large. It should sit comfortably against your skin and it should never be too tight. Also, be careful with jewelry that’s too heavy – these jewelry pieces can cause some harm and will increase the rejection risk.

The right gauge. This is another thing your piercer will have to pay attention to, and so will you if you choose to stretch your piercings. Small gauge piercings use small gauge jewelry, which is more prone to rejection. For this reason, it’s important to get pierced with a large enough gauge that will minimize the rejection risk.

Jewelry materials. Make sure to only use body safe jewelry materials for your piercing. Jewelry containing nickel can cause infections, which can lead to rejection. It’s important to use only jewelry made of materials you’re not allergic to. Stick to the safest materials, such as titanium, surgical steel or nickel-free gold.

Take care of your piercing. Infections and other problems with the piercing are known to lead to rejection. For this reason, it’s important to keep your piercing clean. Follow all the aftercare instructions during the healing process and make sure to avoid any infections and damage to your piercing. Clean, problem-free piercings are much less likely to get rejected.

Piercing and Tattoo Aftercare – Advice You Shouldn’t Ignore

The healing process is the most important process in a body modification. The healing time defines how the end product is going to be accepted into the body, look and feel.  When leaving the shop after getting a tattoo or a body piercing jewelry, instructions are handed out for aftercare. Majority of the clients that receive this aftercare instruction sheet will either not follow it or lose it. Those who do follow and don’t lose the instructions on the aftercare for their new modification have a much greater chance that their new addition to their body will heal correctly without problems.

 

Prevent Infection & Prolong Lifespan of a Body Modification with proper aftercare

 

Whether it is a new piercing, a tattoo, or implants keeping the area clean is the most important thing in preventing infection. Most infections are caused by touching the area with dirty unwashed hands. Using antibacterial or antimicrobial liquid soap to wash your hands is best before touching and/or cleaning the area. This type of soap can also be used to clean the modification itself.

 

Sea Salt is great for healing and cleaning piercings. The reason why it works so well to help clean, reduce redness, swelling, and pain is because it contains many minerals that help activate the body’s natural way of fighting infections and healing wounds. After getting a tattoo or a body jewelry item, it is not recommended to go swimming in any kind of dirty or unclean water source such as a lake, pond, ocean, or chlorinated water until the area is healed.

 

Heal time for each individual piercing and tattoo is different for each individual person because everyone’s body and immune system is different. When piercings are healing it is normal for there to be a slight discharge. If this discharge dries, it will look like “crusties” around the piercing; to take care of this simply clean the area with Sea Salt and warm water.

 

However, if this discharge starts looking like pus, which is thick and usually yellow or greenish, it means infection. Most infections can be healed with antibiotics prescribed by a doctor. There is a product out there, also available with us, called H2Ocean that contains Sea Salt and natural antibiotics in a spray form, this makes it easier to clean the piercing and helps it to heal.

 

You can read more about H2Ocean aftercare products at: http://www.thechaingang.com/blog/h2ocean-line-of-body-piercing-aftercare-products/

 

Rotating the body jewelry while cleaning will help the healing process as well. Tattoos heal by scabbing over and peeling. The area where the tattoo is done needs to be kept moist and not allowed to dry out. Letting the tattoo dry out can cause the tattoo to over scab and loose pigment color. Tattoo Goo and Vitamin A&D Ointments are great products to help prevent the tattoo from becoming too dry and over scabbing. Often during the healing process the tattoo can become irritated, red, and/or swollen. Putting warm water compresses over that tattoo with a clean washcloth can help these symptoms.

 

Both tattoos and body piercings need to be maintained and cleaned very well at least twice a day after the initial shop visit for about two weeks. Listening to the advice of the licensed professional and following the instructions handed out at the shop on the aftercare instruction sheet about your modification will greatly increase your chances that the piercing or tattoo will heal fine and look great.

 

 

Body Piercing Migration or Rejection

If you have body piercings I am sure that you have heard about “piercing migration” or “piercing rejection”. What is it? Piercing migration is when your body keeps pushing out the body jewelry that you have inserted into your body piercing. It will keep pushing it closer and closer to the surface of your skin. The reason is because your body feels that it is a foreign object like a splinter and it wants it out. This can be because of the gauge of the jewelry, or because of an allergy to the metal, or most commonly from using poor quality body jewelry. Sometimes your body is just very picky, and there is not much you can do. If gone unnoticed your body will reject the jewelry by pushing it totally out of your body causing scarring that will remain noticeable. Continue reading