Body Piercing Issues
Are you having a problem with a piercing that is not healing?
Long term piercing problems can be caused by 4 reasons
1. The jewelry is too short in length or diameter, and is therefore causing a pressure sore at one or both ends of the piercing. This can happen during the time of swelling in the lip, tongue, or when a person lies down with an undersized piece of belly button jewlery
2. The jewelry may be too long or just not "sitting right" in such a way that it is causing a pressure sore or is otherwise "competing for space". This is common with poorly thought out and poorly executed nostril piercings, indistrial or other type of ear and cartilage piercings, and can result in keloid formation.
3. An infection becomes present. True infections in body piercings are rarely seen, but can possibly occur if a person just does not clean it or take care of it.
4. Local allergic response to impurities in Surgical Steel or other non-pure metals. This is the most common problem we see in belly button an nipple jewelry "rejection". The initial wound heals but then becomes sore on and off and eventually the body decides it will not be happy with the surgical steel in it, and decides to push it out. In these case we strongly recommend switching the jewelry to a Titanium metal. The attached picture on the left is of a belly button that rejected the surgical steel jewelry that it was pierced with. This was the third time this client had been pierced with Surgical Steel. We removed the Surgical Steel and replaced it with a piece of Titanium Jewelry ( the client put the plastic balls on it later). The picture on the right is the same bellybutton 4 weeks later. The client returned to get her lower Belly button pierced with Titanium. Although there was still noticeable scarring on the top piercing, the redness, swelling and rejection had gone.