Do you want to repair a body piercing and restore your natural look?
Times change and as we mature we can often regret piercings, you don’t have to live with it or give up on that dream job as piercing repairs are an option.
Piercing repairs, whether they are in the nose, lip, eyebrow, earlobe, belly button (umbilical) or anywhere else on the body, are performed when the hole has become stretched or torn or simply when the piercing is no longer wanted and the jewellery item has been removed.
The cause may be accidental or may be related to wearing excessively heavy jewellery or may simply be related to a change of mind. Cosmetic improvement of these obvious piercing scars and holes is now available.
We offer two methods or repairing any unwanted piercings. One method is surgical re-excision or we also offer the ‘Cross Technique’ method, which is a non-surgical procedure applying a chemical acid to the piercing to help re-heal the hole and stimulate new collagen growth.
For more information watch this video – The cross technique, TCA Tricloroacetic acid treatment for acne scarring and piercing repairs:
Piercings can be great at the time and really make a statement. But later you may want to remove the piercing and repair it. If you have piercing regret, or stretched, torn or gauged ear lobes, we can help overcome it.
Why choose Cosmetic Image Clinics for your Piercing Repair procedure?
Cosmetic Image Clinics is owned and operated by former AMA Qld President and TV Medical Journalist Dr Ingrid Tall who has over twenty years of experience in the cosmetic medicine industry. Our clinic is medically supervised and if experience, credibility and a ‘natural look’ is what you are looking for, then make Queensland’s largest cosmetic clinic, Cosmetic Image Clinics your preferred provider.
What Piercing Repair options are available at Cosmetic Image Clinics?
There are generally two ways to repair a piercing. A surgical re-excision of the scar can be performed or either a chemical acid can be applied to the piercing to help re-heal the hole and stimulate new collagen growth. The latter approach is called the ‘Cross Technique’.
How is Piercing Repair performed?
If a surgical re-excision is required, then:
- Local anaesthetic is injected with a very fine needle.
- The damaged holes are surgically removed.
- The resulting hole is repaired using fine suturing.
- Sutures are removed after one week on average.
Please note: Stretch earlobe or ‘gauge’ earlobe repairs or large piercing holes need more significant surgical intervention and this simple process of the ‘Cross Technique’ will not usually suffice. Our cosmetic or plastic surgeons are available to help with these more complicated repairs.
If the ‘Cross Technique’ can be utilised, then:
- A high concentration acid (Trichloroacetic acid or TCA) is applied to the piercing hole.
- This is reapplied every four to six weeks for usually a total of three treatments at Cosmetic Image Clinics within Aquarius Health and Medispa.
- A small amount of high concentration TCA is applied to the piercing for a few seconds. This creates some ‘frosting’ or whiteness of the skin temporarily. No local anaesthetic or sedation is required. A mild stinging sensation is often experienced for a couple of minutes.
- The piercing hole is gradually lessened by the stimulation of new collagen and skin which eventually grows up from the base and from the sides of the piercing as the healing process occurs. This process can take a year to complete with the stimulation of new skin and collagen. Further treatments may be required after a year if the cosmetic result is not sufficient to meet your expectation.
- Often improvement is seen after the second application of the TCA. The cosmetic improvement continues to improve for the ensuing year.
Can you wear earrings again after piercing repair?
Yes, depending on the success of the procedure. In most cases you can re-pierce your ears to wear your favourite earrings again.
Can I buy a do-it-yourself (DIY) piercing repair kit?
Yes, you can at Cosmetic Image Clinics within Aquarius Health and Medispa at 70 Mary St, Brisbane or online on our Cosmetic Image Clinics shop.
DIY kits can be used to repair the following:
- DIY piercing repair lip, earlobe, ear
- Lip piercing scar removal or repair
- Albert piercing repair
- Labret piercing repair
- Monro or lip piercing repairs
- Bellybutton or umbilical piercing repairs
What is in our DIY Piercing Repair Kit and how to use?
- Alcohol swabs
- Blemish dots (mini bandaids)
- Silicone gel
- Home Dermaroller System
- TCA (trichloroacetic acid)
- Wooden toothpicks and cotton tips
Instructions on how to use the DIY Piercing Repair kit:
- Take a Selfie prior to treatment so you remember how things used to look
- Clean area with alcohol
- Apply Vaseline around area to be treated to protect surrounding skin
- Depending on size of area to be treated, dip applicator tip into acid treatment solution
- If the area is small, use the tip of a wooden toothpick
- If area if is great than 1 to 2 mm in diameter, then use cotton tip stick and dip into solution and apply to lesion
- Dip so the tip is moistened and not dripping. Use a tissue or gauze square to transport the toothpick tip or cotton tip to the required area so the solution does not drip where it is not intended
- Lie still to minimise the risk of the solution dripping after application.
Please note: It is important to take extreme care while using the acid solution. Do not allow it to spill on your skin. Do not ingest the product or apply close to an eye.
What to expect?
A minor stinging sensation will be experienced as the acidic chemical peel takes effect. This is minimal and no pain killers are required.
After a few minutes, some whitening of the tissue is to be expected and is highly desirable. This signifies ‘frosting’ or superficial skin cell death. The dead skin cells will eventually (in approximately one to two weeks) be replaced with normal skin cells. Sometimes a lighter area is noticed in this area and over time the skin pigmentation returns to normal. This ‘hypopigmentation’ may not however return to normal in darker skin types such as Islander, Aboriginal, African, Afro-American skin types. This treatment is not recommended in these darker skin types for this reason.
The frosting may persist for a few minutes up to a day and then the skin becomes slightly inflammed. It is necessary to keep the area moist and protected to facilitate the best cosmetic result. This is best done with a dressing such as a cold sore patch or ‘Blemish Dot’ or simple band aid. Moist wound healing heals nearly twice as fast as when a wound is left open and dry.
Ideally use a dressing however if this is difficult to sustain, a ‘barrier’ cream or ‘liquid band aid’ such as Silicone gel, Vaseline, Pap paw ointment, Bepanthen can be used instead or after a few days of using the external dressings.
Keep the area protected from the sun for three months after treatment.
For the ultimate cosmetic result, apply the world’s best anti-scarring application which is silicone gel. This is usually recommended by Plastic Surgeons after cosmetic surgery to achieve the ultimate cosmetic result in the scar.
To help stimulate collagen you can use the home dermaroller system provided in the Piercing Repair kit which is an efficient system to help skin regeneration and skin tightening. Click here to read more about Skin Home Rollering.
Treatment applications should be made every 4 to 6 weeks to stimulate collagen growth to soften and smooth the piercing repair.
Sadly, these scars won’t heal on their own. Body piercing holes are lined with skin epithelium and will not usually close on their own. Basically the skin has to be cored or drilled out from the hole to allow it to close. This could be as simple as using a punch biopsy device, scalpel or surgical scissors and then putting a stitch on both sides to close it.
Maybe you don’t want to wait for mother nature with the help of the Cross Technique of acid application growing closing your holes- if so- surgery will be the answer for you. Other causes for choosing surgical stretched earlobe or gauge repair are people who wear heavy earrings and over time this may have caused the size of their ear piercing to enlarge or accidentally tearing their earlobe by catching their earring while putting on or taking off clothing.
The quickest course is to have the holes excised and carefully reconstructed. Usually a simple excision or punch biopsy is performed and the area sutured or stitched together. The stitches are usually removed about a week later. We perform these regularly at Cosmetic Image Clinics.
If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment please contact us on 07 3003 4000 or via email at email@example.com.