Ear & Body Piercing/ear re-piercing


QUESTION: Hi after getting my ears pierced, I discovered that they were a bit uneven (by a mm or two). So after 3 weeks of getting them pierced, I took my earrings off and let my ears heal for over a month (so i could get them repierced). Anyway, it has been 6-7 weeks since the healing process, my ears are fully shut now; but there is a scar from the piercing that doesn't seem to be going away. If i touch and roll around this scar, I can feel something hard and pointy inside my ears (sort of like a clotting).

Now, I want to get both ears repierced and wanted to know if i can get it pierced on the exact same spot (maybe half a mm below) as there is still scarring. Or will I have to get it pierced on another area. Preferably I would like to get it redone on the original piercing scar.

ANSWER: Usually you would want to wait until the tissue appears the same color and texture as the surrounding area before re-piercing.

Sooner than that, the immune response (phagocytosis, etc) has not finished the work mending, and infection risk can be higher.

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QUESTION: Hi, I also went and asked a dermatologist ( informally as she was a friend) about the scar and will it ever go. She said that the scar will never ever leave as the outer skin has healed but there's still a hole inside. So will it ever become the same texture?

In my experience, three weeks with a piercing is rarely ever long enough to result in a significant permanent change in texture and color. It probably is just not finished healing on the inside fibrous fatty tissue. It will be convenient to have a dermatologist observe it if there was any heat, swelling, pain, redness or discolored discharge, which are the most common signs of infection.

The healing process of the internal tissue can take much longer than the skin surface, as it penetrated fully through multiple layers. Patience is the key.

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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.


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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 http://www.piercing.org/ *Body jewelry design and safety expert: Member ASTM committee F04(www.astm.org)and former Member AAMI (www.aami.org) Research advisor and educator for the APP for over a decade(www.safepiercing.org) 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. http://statim.us/ and http://piercers.com/

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