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Is It Safe To Push Your Dermal Piercing Back In?

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If your dermal piercing starts to pop out more than it usually does, you may be tempted to just push it back in. Sadly, this doesn’t help. Your dermal piercing is pushed out because your body is pushing it out. You will not be able to push it back in. If you’re very rough with it and end up somehow pushing it back in, you will have done a lot of unnecessary damage to your body. Even with forcibly pushing it in, you won’t save your dermal. Once your body starts to push it out – it will be pushed out, no matter what you do.

Dermal Piercing Not Sitting Flat?

If your dermal piercing isn’t sitting flat, it could be a sign of rejection. However, if you recently got your dermal piercing, it’s more likely to simply be swelling. Just like any other piercing may appear to not be straight during the swelling phase, dermals may appear to not be flat. But if you’ve had your dermal for a long time and all of the sudden it no longer looks flat, you should visit your piercer. They will look for other signs of rejection and decide if it’s best to have it removed.

How To Fix a Rejecting Dermal

Unfortunately there’s no way to fix a rejecting dermal. Any attempts to delay or prevent the rejection will simply cause more damage to your body and could result in a worse scar. The best thing to do for a dermal that’s showing signs of rejecting is to visit your piercer and have it removed. Once the piercing is fully healed, you can revisit your piercer to have it re-pierced if you like. If you leave in a piercing that is rejecting, you risk having it ripped from your body. Not to mention how bad this hurts, it also leaves a terrible scar.

Do All Dermal Piercings Grow Out?

Unfortunately, yes. All dermal piercings will reject eventually. How long a dermal piercing takes to grow out depends on the part of your body that was pierced, how well you take care of it, and genetics. A dermal in the hand is lucky to last two years because the skin of the hand is moving constantly and the probability of snagging something on the dermal is high. Some dermals in the face or upper chest can last 10 years because this is a much safer location. But no matter what, you should go into getting a dermal piercing with the knowledge that it will eventually reject and you’ll need to visit your piercer and have it removed.

Dermal Rejection Scars

The appearance of a dermal piercing rejection scar can range from barely noticeable to a somewhat large “scab”. If you visit your piercer and have them remove your dermal, you’ll be left with a very small white scar. However, if you allow your dermal to reject on its own, the scar will be much larger. This also depends on genetics and the exact position of your piercing. Remember that scars fade over time and if you’re scared of what is now a large red scar, it will eventually die down to a smaller white scar.


All dermal piercings reject eventually. If your dermal is showing signs that it’s being pushed from your body, don’t try to push it back in. Just visit your piercer and have them safely remove it. Once it heals, you can likely get re-pierced in an area near by. Simply ignoring a rejecting dermal can result in it being ripped from your body, which will cause a larger scar and could even lead to an infection.