Piercing scar is any scar that forms around a piercing. Scars form when a fibrous tissue replaces normal tissue around a piercing. Some scars are easy to remove while others are more serious. Sometimes, a bump or a scar will appear around a piercing despite good hygiene and effort. Many times, scars appear around new piercings in healing but it is important to remember that old, well-established piercings are not immune to scars. This is why it’s important to monitor your piercing carefully to notice any potential scar when it starts to form. If you notice a piercing scar it is important to react immediately. Consult your doctor to see what can be done. Generally speaking, piercing scars can more easily be treated while they are still small. In more serious cases, though, you might be forced to retire your piercing because of the scar.
There are three main types of piercing scars that you may encounter: hypertrophic scars, keloid scars and atrophic scars. Hypertrophic and keloid scars form as a result of excessive collagen growth while atrophic scars are sunken and consist of collagen growth that leaves an indentation. Hypertrophic scars are generally flesh-colored and form close to the piercing hole. They often form a circle with a flat top. These scars typically don’t spread much away from the piercing hole. Keloid scars are typically reddish-brown and start as bumps around the piercing. From there, they can spread in all directions. Keloid scars generally require medical attention and have to be removed by a doctor.