Placement:
• Problem: Piercing is placed too shallow or the jewelry is too small (gauge/thickness)
• Cause:

Result of poor initial piercing placement
Inappropriate jewelry selection (length/diameter)
• Result: Body will work the jewelry towards the surface and eventually be ejected
• Indications:
Jewelry can be seen through the tissue
Jewelry encompasses less than 1/4-5/16” of tissue
Tissue is red and indurated across the entirety of the piercing and its placement very superficial
• Treatment: Removal of jewelry prior to ejection is preferable. If jewelry is removed the holes close up and scarring is minimized. If the jewelry is allowed to come through the surface by itself a split scar may remain
• Problem: Piercing is placed too deep or the jewelry is too small (length/diameter)
• Cause:

Result of poor initial piercing placement (most common)
Delayed complication of swelling
Poor/inappropriate aftercare
Inappropriate jewelry selection (length/diameter)
• Result: (includes but is not limited to):
Prolonged healing time
Impossible to heal
Unnecessary/unusual scarring
• Indicators: (with Ring)
Ring is unable to lay flat comfortably
The tissue takes up more than 1/3 of the ring’s circumference
• Indicators: (with Barbell):
Barpost can’t seen at either end of the piercing
Beads/Ends of the jewelry pinch or actually imbed in the tissue
• Treatment: Replacing of small jewelry for appropriately sized jewelry. Removal of jewelry to allow healing of too-deep piercing. Can be repierced at a later date

DISCLAIMER
These guidelines are based on a combination of vast professional experience, common sense, research, and extensive clinical practice. This is not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from a doctor. Be aware, however, that many doctors have no specific training or experience regarding piercing and may not be educated on how to best assist you.

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