Piercing migration is one of the most common problems people encounter with their piercings. Piercing migration occurs when a piercing gets moved from its original place. This may sound like it cannot happen easily, but it is actually more common that it may seem. A piercing is actually a wound that constantly wants to be closed. Your body will always try to find ways to heal the wound and close the piercing. If something like this happens, it may change the position and shape of the piercing hole. Migration usually presents itself through piercing jewelry: the jewelry shifts the position over time. It gets moved from its original place to a nearby area. There is even more extreme form of piercing migration and that is rejection. In rejection, the jewelry gets completely pushed out of the skin and the piercing hole gets closed. When this happens you lose your piercing so it is important to notice the early signs of piercing migration and rejection to prevent it.
Not all piercing migration is big. Sometimes, it can be minimal and barely noticeable. It can also be temporary: your piercing might move a little and then sets into the new place without a problem. This is not so much of a problem, as long as the new spot is appropriate for the piercing. However, piercing migration is often more substantial and can even be painful. It can ruin the look of your piercing or cause problems. Surface piercings are more prone to migration than the others, so you need to be even more careful. This is why you need to monitor your piercing closely to notice the warning signs: change in jewelry position, redness around the piercing, piercing hole appearing larger or smaller, pain and itching around the piercing. If you notice these signs, make sure to consult your piercer to try preventing further piercing migration and rejection.