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VERY thin skin on belly button piercing

Question Posted Friday March 5 2010, 3:18 pm

Here's a picture of my belly button piercing..
(Ignore the lines on my stomach, I just had the heating pad on it haha)
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I got it pierced in June and I put a new ring in it and I'm pretty sure my skin was rejecting the piercing because of the type of metal the ring was. Now the skin over the piercing is very thin. I'm wondering if I should take the piercing out, let it heal, and get it repierced. And if so, how long will that process take?
I need advice on this ASAP because I don't want my skin to rip.
Thanks so much! :)

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Additional info, added Friday March 5 2010, 3:33 pm:
Okay, I took out the piercing. It was just getting so thin that I knew it was going to rip. Now I'm just wondering how long it will take to close up so I can get it re pierced? Thanks again!.

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Smash answered Friday March 5 2010, 6:20 pm:
you're going to have to wait at least six weeks on that one and KEEP IT CLEAN; sometimes with re-pierced belly buttons they'll reject slower the next time, because they're pierced behind scar tissue-but they'll still often reject. for many people, a belly button ring is a commitment. you might have to go through this every several months or year(or less for some people), as it's a part of the body that pushes forward to create new skin; it's a surface piercing. it's not through permanent tissue, like an ear or a nose or lip; it's through surface skin that regularly replaces itself. don't worry, then, if it rejects again, as long as you don't get infections or problems that affect you internally, or unless you don't scar well(although that's an aesthetic personal decision, not a health one). you'll just have to decide each time whether it's worth it to go through it again, and wear a really light ring when it's not going to show so that it takes as long as possible for the problem to recur.

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kygirl14 answered Friday March 5 2010, 6:08 pm:
about a month or two. but when they repierce it they probably wont do it in the same spot bc of built up scar tissue around the old piercing so it shouldnt really matter. try calling the body shop where youre getting it done though and ask them

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