Nape piercings can last years as long as the piercer uses the proper technique and materials, and the pierced person cares for the piercing properly. All piercings can become infected or rejected by the pierced person's immune system. Scars from piercings are permanent, even if the piercing does not last.
The nape piercing is a surface piercing on the back of the neck. Human necks are curved, unlike many more traditional piercing sites. In addition, necks do not have a vast amount of loose skin for piercing. To reduce the risks of migration or rejection, the nape piercing should have flexible jewelry made from a biocompatible polymer that can be sterilized in an autoclave.