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.


By Dominique from Zions Grove, PA

Belly Button Piercing Story

I always wanted my belly pierced ever since I was little. My mom said that if I found a place that I can get it done at then I can get it done.

I was 15 and one of my friends told me about a place she got it done. Once I told my mom about it she took me. When I went I was really scared. To me the place looked clean. They didn’t have any rings they normal do it with do I picked a dangle on.

After I got it done it was fine, just somewhat red. After a month it was still red I cleaned it and thought I was doing a good job. I had it done for a year and the skin around it became very thin. I asked my people about it and they said my body might be rejecting the piercing. I didn’t really believe them I thought it was suppose to be like that.

Then I asked my boyfriend if it looked like that when I got it done a year ago, and he said no. I went to a different place and asked. He said that since the skin was so small he can do it over it. It looks so much better now!

The place that I got it done before told me to use Neosporin on it for a week but the Ink Spot (the place I just got it done at) told me that Neosporin is for cuts not piercings!

I am very happy I got it redone. I’m just hoping it doesn’t get rejected again!…