(Closed) repiercing ears? anyone have experience?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
1368 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@bump:  You should go to a clinic to do this. They can open a new one over the old one or they may have other suggestions, but in any case, don’t try to do it yourself.

Post # 4
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

This happened to me… I almost *never* wear earrings, so it was kind of a shock to me one day when I decided to put in a pair of hoops and realized that one of them was definitely NOT going to go in.

Maybe I’m crazy, but I didn’t trust the piercing people to get the hole EXACTLY where it had been before, and I did NOT want two holes in one ear, so…

I gave my mom a needle, bit down on a pillow, and told her she better put that hole EXACTLY where it already was. Worked out dandy.

My situation may be a little different than yours, though, as I don’t think my hole was closed for more than a few months, and you could still see exactly where the piercing was supposed to be. It definitely wasn’t closed for 11 years.

Post # 5
9654 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

When I was younger (11/12) I got my ears pierced with coloured stone studs, got infected so took them out and the hole closed up. Then a couple of years later I wanted pierced ears again, got plain gold studs, got infected and closed up again. So now I know pierced ears aren’t for me, and I don’t want them anymore.

Post # 7
8882 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

My mom got hers re-done.  She had them pierced when she was about 20 but they closed up. She got them re-pierced when she was 35, didn’t hurt her a bit.

For myself, I haven’t re-pierced my ears but I have re-pierced my bellybutton.  I had it done right before I turned 17. Long story short, I was dumb and tried to change the barbell by myself and I couldn’t do it so I had to keep it out. A few months later I got it re-pierced, no problems at all. I think ears would be easier than a bellybutton 🙂

Post # 8
3265 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

When I was much younger (probably about 5) I had my ears pierced but I was impatient and wasn’t ready for them so I took the earrings out to change them far too early. I couldn’t get earrings back in so they closed up. When I was 7 I had them repierced. I’m not sure they were exactly where they were, but almos 20 years later they’re doing just fine.

If you go to an actual piercing/tattoo shop they will be a LOT better than, say, Claire’s and a girl with a piercing gun.

Post # 9
402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Mine closed up for a while, and I redid them through the same holes with a needle. They turned out just fine 🙂

But I assume when you say cartilage you mean the scar tissue inside the skin? Because if this is an actual cartilage piercing I would have a pro do it. It should be fine, but you don’t want to hurt yourself!

Post # 11
9654 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

@bump:  but I went to a pharmacy/chemist both times and had it done with a piercing gun, a proper tattoo/piercing place would be a lot better I am sure 🙂

Post # 12
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

One of my ears got infected and closed up when I was a kid. When I had it re-pierced (at Claire’s or something), they made a new hole. 

Post # 14
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@bump:  I used to pierce ears when I worked in a mall. We used the gun for the piercings, and we were trained not to pierce the scar tissue. You would want to get a hole very close to the first one, but not through the old one (assuming a gun is used). If the piercings are close enough, you wouldn’t notice the first “hole” when you are wearing earings

Post # 15
11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013


Please do not go to any place that uses a piercing gun. Those people are not trained properly, nor certified in anything. Those guns shove a blunt piece of metal through the skin, causing swelling and leaving you open for infections because those guns are not sanitized, nor is that chair at the front of the store a sanitary place to have a hole put in your body.

Please go to a tattoo/piercing shop, one where their piercer is certified in body piercing, bloodborne pathogens, etc. They need to use a BRAND NEW, STRAIGHT OUT OF THE PACKAGE hollow needle. They will mark your ears evenly and pierce, yes, through scar tissue, if need be. The hollow needles used in real piercing shops are made to pierce one size larger than the jewelry (removing the flesh, rather than just punching a hole in it), to allow your skin to swell and heal itself. It will shrink down to the proper size once it has healed.

Piercing though scar tissue is no big deal, especially on something soft like your earlobe. I’ve had my nose pierced three times in the same spot, and my bellybutton twice in the same spot. It’s really not much worse than the piercing in the first place (and proper piercings don’t hurt nearly as much as ones done with a gun).

Post # 16
3357 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I was about to say don’t use a piercing gun. on the earlobes it’s marginally okay, but DON’T DO IT FOR THE CARTILAGE!

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