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I got my belly button pierced about 8 months ago. It did have red ness and puss for about a week but this morning i woke up to it still connected to skin but its not in the hole anymore. Actually there is no hole anymore and now it looks like I have skin tags where the hole was. What do I do and how long will it take for them to go away??

Hello Natalie,
If you can make it by the studio, please come in for a free consultation. in Atlanta.

In your case, the piercing may either have not healed because it was not placed adequately for your anatomy, the jewelry might not have been the best fit for you, and or could have been accidentally damaged which would lead to rejection like this.

I suggest that you remove the jewelry and give it time for the body to repair the area. The skin tags should dry up and diminish over the next few weeks with no intervention needed on your part. In many cases you could have us replace the piercing in a few months.

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Brian Skellie


I can answer questions in regards to and not limited to: jewelry safety, specifically material, shape, proportion, and related issues; aseptic technique and sterilization as it applies to piercing safety; ethical issues of technique and bedside manner; the aftercare and recovery process for piercings. *Available for consultation.


Body artist and founder of Piercing Experience (1992), and SciCan Authorized Dealer of STATIM Sterilizers and related infection control products

Currently serving on the APP Board of Directors as President, formerly as Global Media Director 2013-2014, International Liaison 2010-13, Treasurer 1997-99. Over fifteen years with ASTM and APP.

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I regularly participate and teach in many APP and related body art educational programs. I keep current certifications for OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens, First Aid, and CPR.

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Tens of thousands of one on one client experiences as the founder of Piercing Experience in Atlanta, GA, USA *Body jewelry design and safety expert: Member ASTM committee F04( former Member AAMI ( Research advisor and educator for the APP for over a decade( teaching advanced studio setup, sterilization and equipment management, freehand piercing, aseptic/sterile technique and much more. Distributor and Body Art expert for SciCan StatIM sterilization and infection control products. and

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