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When Can I Re Pierce? - Body Piercing Basics EP103

In the 103rd episode in our Youtube series Body Piercing Basics, DaVo answers the question, When Can I Re-Pierce?

Show Notes:

What happens when you abandon a piercing

Normal abandoned piercings:

  • Full formed piercing

    • tunnel

    • indention scars

  • Unhealed Piercings

    • Small circular wound

    • should look like a healing wound and should be monitored and treated

  • rejection and migration:

    • Can look like the tissue is splitting

    • the wound may be larger

    • increased scarring

    • maybe just like a healthy piercing

  • Damaged PIercings

    • Usually larger wound, more like a cut than a puncture

    • Should be treated as a cut and often requires covering

  • Infections:

    • The Piercing Doesn’t Need to be Abandoned to heal the infection

    • Jewelry should only be removed if you are under treatment.

    • Should heal like an unhealed piercing depending on how far you are into the healing

  • Bumps:

    • Bumps should fade if they don’t seek medical attention

    • scarring should be like an unhealed piercing

What should you do while it closes

  • Healed

    • If there is no bleeding or damage, there is nothing you need to do

  • Unhealed or damaged

    • Treat it like any other wound

What it depends on:

  • Was the Piercing Healthy

  • Was the Piercing Rejecting, Migrating, and/or Damaged

  • Was there bumps or scarring

  • Was there an infections

What should you look for:

  • The area should look healthy and healed

  • With rejection, migration, and damage - the tissue between the surface and the piercing has thickened

  • Bumps - when they have completely gone away

  • Infections - when there are no signs of infection

If you have a question you would like to see covered in a future video, please comment or contact DaVo at

I aka DaVo have been a professional body piercer and the owner of the Axiom Body Piercing Studio in Des Moines, Iowa since 1994. My focus on education and helping clients make safe and informed decisions on getting pierced has always been a large part of my business practices and services. With my website and increasingly on youtube, I hope to expand and inform others outside of my small part of the world. I always encourage questions and comments, so if you have one, please comment.

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Suggested Aftercare Products:

  • For Premixed Saline DaVo suggests. NeilMed Neil Cleanse Wound Wash First-Aid Sterile Saline Solution 6 fl oz Each -
  • Band-Aid Brand First Aid Products Tru-Absorb Gauze Sponges for Cleaning Wounds, 4 in x 4 in, 50 ct -

All footage was filmed using a Canon EOS 80D Camera with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens - and Canon EOS R  - with Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens -

Audio - Recorded with Shure MV7 - with a Tascam DR-40x -

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