Piercing Rejection and Migration.

Two of the more common and undesirable outcomes of piercing are piercing rejection and piercing migration.

Piercing migration occurs when your jewelry moves from its original position, and settles and eventually heals in a new location.

Piercing rejection occurs when the jewelry is completely expelled from the body.

Piercing migration occurs for a few reasons:

  • When unsuitable skin is pierced
  • Not enough skin is pierced
  • Jewelry may be too small in diameter
  • Jewelry may be too thin in guage
  • Jewelry may be of poor quality.

These problems are more common if you piercing is done by an inexperienced piercer.

Piercing migration and Piercing rejection may also occur if:

  • You use harsh aftercare products – read more about piercing aftercare here for more detailed information.
  • You follow poor health habits
  • You experience physical or emotional trauma during the healing phase.

Sometimes your body may reject a piercing for no apparent reason. Sometimes placing a foreign object through your skin is the simple reason the piercing is rejected. Make sure to see an experienced piercer when getting your piercing done and be sure to follow piercing aftercare guidelines strictly. Piercing migration or piercing rejection will be much less likely in these conditions.

If you have ant comments or questions, feel free to comment below.


  1. my belly button isn’t red or anything, but when it was first healing i had a tendency to play with it…now it looks like its rejecting, except no other part of the piercing is red except for the top. also i think i changed it early…is there any possibility that i just irritated it and caused it to migrate? if so i’ve had the original piercing in for at least a week now and i have not been playing with it…can it stop it if i can’t see the bar yet or if the skin doesn’t feel thin?

  2. The man that pierced my belly button told me specifically to use peroxidenand neosporin. I have no access to the treatments you listed above. Anything else that might help clean it?

  3. Warm water & non-iodized sea salt soaks are the best way to keep a healing piercing clean. You may also use H2Ocean spray, or a saline solution (simple saline, not made for contact lenses but one with no preservatives).

    DO NOT use rubbing alcohol, peroxide, bactene or neosporin. These will kill germs but also kill the cells forming to heal up the hole. The healing time will take longer, and depending on what your jewelry is made of some of these may actually cause infection.

    Don’t play with your healing navel piercing! You may look at it in a mirror, but don’t move it around with your hand. If you must touch it, ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS. Try to use an antibacterial or antimicrobial soap on your hands before you touch the piercing at all.

    Lavender or tea tree oil diluted in warm water may also be acceptable for keeping a healing piercing clean, but it is best to ask a professional piercer for advice first.

  4. i had mine for about 2 months and it rejected. i let mine go till it came all the way out but it left a scar, not too bad though. and i emailed my piercer and he told me i could get it redone. i also did a lot of thing like mess with it, change the ring A LOT and put neosporin on it. im going to get it done soon. good luck 🙂

  5. I got my pierce done like 4 months ago and now, I can see almost the whole ring. The skin in between is really very thin and now I really don’t know what to do. Should I take it off and let it heal? If so, how many weeks or months will it take to fully heal it? And can I actually get it re-pierced? What do I do? Please reply. I really don’t know what to do and I soooo love my belly pierce so much. 🙁

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