Jewellery Removal

We wrote the following information and intended it as a quick reference guide for health care providers and the general public alike in the rare cases where there are no other options but to remove the jewellery: proper removal is essential to minimize trauma, without the need to cut any skin.

How to remove body jewellery:



Any jewellery that is not a ring will have balls that are screwed onto or into the bar post. Simply holding the jewellery steady and unscrewing the ball to remove the piece safely. Remember: turning to the left will turn loose, to the right will make it tight. If the balls are being stubborn, try wrapping them in tissue to steady your grip.




Closed with a ball and almost always pressure held together. Holding the ring and pulling the ball is the easiest method of removal, in difficult cases a pair of hemostats inserted into the ring and pulled open help to release the pressure of the ring on the ball. There are rings that appear continuous, they have a small segment that is removed in the same way as a ball some are hinged but almost always require hemostats to steady the ring portion as the segment piece is released.


Are something altogether different. The jewellery consists of a base plate that sits beneath the surface of the skin, the base plate is around the size of a grain of rice and will have tiny holes to allow adhesion to the jewelery. A post rises out of  the base plate with a disk that screwed into it. Removal of this jewellery type should almost never require any major surgery. Pain relief may help. In the piercing studio the professional would determine the location of the base plate under the skin. Then pushing on the edge of jewellery to tip up the opposite end up: make an incision. Use a blade to cut the skin just enough for the shorter end to pop out and then using the blade cut the connecting point of tissue holding the dermal in place and simply pull it out. The connecting points of tissue are never more than 3mm so the removal should need no more than a steri-strip to close the wound.

Click here to watch Surface dermal removal videos.



These also have a threaded ball or disk that unscrews. The shape of the jewellery is that of an upside-down staple and may prove difficult to remove without folding and pushing the skin to help aid the jewellery from the tissue. Sometimes a forcefull tug is needed.


Metal jewellery will not effect visibility on an MRI or X-Ray but will produce a small opaque discoloration. Body jewellery is always non-magnetic and therefore create no issue with MRI scans unless it is directly located in the region of inspection. However metal jewellery will interfere with CT scans but appropriate non-metal jewellery can be worn without issue. Removal of jewellery for such examinations can result in the closure or shrinkage of the fistula channel in the piercing making reinsertion painful, difficult or impossible