Rejection is a common piercing problem and one of the main reasons why people need to retire their piercings. Rejection is sometimes described as the ultimate migration: your body pushes the jewelry to the surface of the skin until it’s completely rejected and the hole is closed. This process can last for a while but it often makes the person lose the piercing. The body simply rejects the piercing and pushes the jewelry out while closing the piercing hole in the process. Rejection can be very bad because it not only makes you lose your piercing but also leaves a nasty scar.

Certain types of piercings are more prone to rejection than the others. For example, surface piercings are known to reject at a great rate. However, it is important to know that basically any piercing can get rejected. This is particularly true for new piercings in healing but there are also many old, well-established piercings that get rejected. Common signs of rejection include redness, pain and being able to see the jewelry under the skin (because it’s being pushed out to the surface). However, keep in mind that some people never experience any symptoms of rejection so this is why it’s important to regularly monitor your piercing for changes. If you notice that your piercing is rejecting, there is unfortunately not much you can do. You may try to stop it by changing your jewelry to something more comfortable but there is not guarantee that this will work. If your piercing is rejecting the best thing you can do is to retire it. It will make the piercing hole neatly close and chances are that you can get pierced again at the same spot. If you leave your piercing to reject, however, it will leave a nasty scar and it might not be able to get re-pierced on the same spot. Keep this in mind if you notice your piercing rejecting.