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When should you get that “re-piercing”?

Sometimes people come in to the studio to get a piercing in the same location as a previous piercing they no longer have. This is only possible if the anatomy is still adequate, and sometimes it’s not. First, there has to have been enough time to pass for the tissue to heal. The weight of jewelry and friction caused by natural movements of the body put stress on the wound. This is true with any piercing, but if we’re piercing through tissue that’s not currently healthy, we’re only adding more damage to the area. This increases the odds of scarring, migration, slow healing, or at least a shift in how the jewelry sits in the body. If the location of a former piercing is still red or shows any sign of irritation, getting re-pierced is not a good idea.

We generally see three main types of scarring with piercings, hypertrophic, atrophic, and hypergranulation. Hypertrophic are the most common scars and often mistakenly called keloids. If the previous piercing left behind hypertrophic or hypergranulation, piercing the site again is likely to see that scarring increase.

Also, piercing through any scar can slow or prevent healing of the new piercing, if it can even heal at all. If you had a piercing in the past and want to have it again we need to examine the area closely to determine if it’s something we can offer you. First consider how much time has passed. If it’s less than a month, we’re not likely to offer the piercing. Study the tissue closely. If it shows any redness or scarring at all it’s probably a bad idea. If you have a piercing you would like to try again and have questions please let us take a look at it for you.

John Johnson
John Johnson is a professional body piercer at New Flower Studio in Long Beach, CA. He's also a Red Cross instructor and authorized OSHA trainer. He manages the online curriculum for the Association of Professional Piercers and is a member of ASTM International.