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What is Downsizing your Piercing?

Downsizing your piercing is an industry standard when it comes to the majority of piercings. Below our piercing professionals are going to explain why this is an important part of the long term health of your piercing.

Close up of Smily and Vertical Labret Piercing
Smily and Vertical Labret Piercing

Reduces Irritation

During the initial healing period, your body might swell. The initial jewellery used is typically longer to accommodate this. However, once the swelling goes down the excess length of the jewellery can cause irritation, movement, or pressure on the healing tissue. Every design comes with the latest social features built in. Readers can easily share posts on social networks like Facebook and Twitter and view how many people have liked a post, made comments and more.

Promotes Healing

When creating your posts you can: Properly fitted jewellery reduced the risk of complications and promotes faster healing. It minimises friction and movement, which can interfere with the formation of a stable fistula (the tissue that lines the inside of the piercing).

Aesthetics and Comfort

Downsizing jewellery to a more appropriate size enhances the look of the piercing and makes it more comfortable. It also reduces the chances of the jewellery catching on clothes or getting accidentally bumped.

Professional Assessment

Downsizing usually involves visiting a professional piercer who can assess the healing process and recommend the right size and type of jewellery for your specific piercing. They can also check for any signs of infections or other issues.


When As the piercing heals you may wish to choose jewellery that better matches your style of preferences. Downsizing allows you to do this safely.

The timing for downsizing can vary depending on the type of piercing, it's location, and your bodies healing rate, but it's typically recommended after a few weeks/months, depending on the piercing. Always consult with your professional piercer for guidance on when and how to downsize your piercing.

If you had your piercing here at our Studio in Kings Cross, then you would've received a copy of your aftercare which includes a general time frame for when your piercing should need downsizing.

If you have any further questions, you can email us at, call us on 020 7837 2828 or if you'd like to book in you can follow this link: Book Your Appointment with Good Fortune Studio (

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