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Getting re-pierced? here’s what to consider

Are you considering getting your ears re-pierced or your nose re-pierced? Or, any other part of the body that you once had pierced.

Are you concerned about scar tissue or infection?

For many people, having part of their body re-pierced can be quite stressful. You may be considering this because of:

  • Healing issues or illness
  • Surgery or pregnancy
  • Migration or rejection of the piercing
  • Dress standards at your work or school or
  • Weight loss

It is critical to make sure you visit a trained and reputable salon to handle the process safely. But what do you need to know?

Re-piercing procedure:

Before any re-piercing procedure, you must make sure that the area is fully healed and able to be re-pierced. In most cases, this means waiting at least three months. However, it does depend on the area. For example, noses and other mucous membranes (tongue) heal very fast and so this timeframe is a guide only. At the same time, you may be able to choose a slightly different location near the original location to get pierced.

Some piercing establishments are of the opinion that you cannot get re-pierced in the same location. This is not true. Scar tissue (fibrosis) which has formed as a result of your piercing being removed, is quite dense. Also, it is often just the entry and exit points which have healed over.

As a result, getting re-pierced in the same location is the optimum location for a piercing to be re-established. This is because the dense tissue will support the piercing and be less prone to infection. However, this may not be the case for everybody. Check with your local Essential Beauty salon for more details.

What about the pain?

Many people say getting re-pierced is virtually painless. Be sure to get pierced first thing in the morning when you are at your freshest.

What about healing?

Generally speaking, healing times can be less than what they were originally. Please see the table below which illustrates healing times for each area.

Can I use the same jewellery?

If you wish to do this, and your original jewellery still fits, it can be done. You just need to bring in the jewellery beforehand so we can sterilise it. Once your piercing has fully healed, you can exchange it for something different which will transform your look.

Do I need a booking?

It is best to book especially if you are going to use the same jewellery used initially. Of course, if we have not answered any of your questions, please feel free to contact one of our friendly staff are one of our salons

Happy piercing!

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