Retiring a Piercing

Retiring a PiercingAll piercing enthusiasts know how bad it can be to retire your piercings. Especially the ones we like a lot. Sadly, this is something that needs to be done from time to time. Instead of being too frustrated about it, it’s important to know how to do properly.

Retiring a piercing is not complicated, but it should be done with care and consideration. Improper retiring may bring additional problems, not to mention infections and other health risks. For these reasons, it’s important to know what to do.

Why Retire a Piercing?

You might need to retire a piercing because of many different reasons. In the least problematic scenario, you might not like this particular piercing or you are tired of it. In these cases, you might simply want to get rid of it and not have this particular piercing anymore.

This is the least problematic scenario, but there are many others. Certain jobs, for example, prohibit piercings and other body modifications. While these rules are often unfounded and unfair, you might be in a situation to choose between a piercing and a job. In case you really want a particular job you may have to say goodbye to your piercings.

Another possibility is that your piercing is not positioned properly. In case the piercing is not in the exact place you want it to be, you might wish to retire it and get repierced after it’s healed. This also happens in case of badly done piercings, when the piercing itself is done incorrectly. These mistakes are often impossible to fix, so chances are that you will have to retire your piercing and start again.

Finally, you may be forced to retire your piercing due to a health concern. Your piercing may be infected or in the process of migration and rejection. While you may save your piercing in some of these situations, sometimes retiring your piercing is the only way to go.

How to Retire Your Piercing

Once you know you want (or need) to retire your piercing, it’s important to do it properly. In a way, retiring piercing is simply about taking your jewelry off. However, it’s important to take certain measures to ensure that this process goes smoothly.

Before you attempt to remove your jewelry, make sure that your hands are completely clean. You should never manipulate your piercing or jewelry with dirty hands.

Be careful when taking the jewelry out. You don’t want to cause any scratching or harm to your piercing. It will prolong the retirement process and make the hole more difficult to close.

For numerous piercings, this is all you should do. Depending on the body part, the hole might not close immediately, but it might not be visible. Keep in mind that certain piercings (such as penis piercings) are very quick to heal.

In case you have to retire a piercing due to infections or another problem, make sure to consult your doctor after removing jewelry. You need to treat the medical problem. If piercing is swollen, you should leave to medical professionals to remove the jewelry.

Additional Tips

  • In case you are asked to retire your piercing for a job, consider retainers and hider jewelry. These jewelry pieces may help you conceal your piercings so you won’t need to retire them.
  • Depending on the body part and especially gauge, the hole might take a long time to close. In case of some large gauges, it might never close completely, but it will sure shrink.
  • Keep in mind that you might regret your decision to retire a piercing. It might make you sad or frustrated. Whatever you feel, chances are that you can get pierced again, so not everything is lost.
  • If you have a new piercing you are not satisfied with you can easily retire it. However, it’s best to go to the piercing studio where you got pierced and ask them to remove your jewelry. Chances are that the area will be tender to touch so it’s easier for them to do it. Piercers will typically do this free of charge but don’t expect your money back for the piercing.
About Melina Jackson:
Melina is a staff writer, author and researcher for TheChainGang. She covers numerous subjects, from body jewelry to kinky adult toys. In addition to this, Melina also provides occasional adult toy reviews written in an interesting and sexy manner. She says: “I’m happy and proud to be a part of TheChainGang team. I enjoy every research because I know how much importance TheChainGang places on customer satisfaction and providing accurate and up to date information. I particularly like sex toy reviews: they are fun to write and experience”. In addition to writing and researching, Melina provides online research results and handy information for buyers interested in accurate and easily understandable tips and advice on choosing the best adult toys and body jewelry.

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