There’s no doubt that one of most requested items we’re hearing is dermal piercing jewelry.
Dermal piercings are different than typical surface piercings in that only one end of the dermal piercing jewelry is visible; the other end is embedded in the dermal layer of your skin (hence the name). A dermal piercing is also sometimes called a microdermal piercing since it’s a small implant under the skin. Dermal piercings are also distinct because they can be placed on any flat surface of the body, allowing people to pierce body parts that were once thought impossible.
Hips and eyebrows are the most popular locations for dermal piercings; however, you can also pierce your cheek, fingers, wrist, ankle, chest, neck, back, and even the conch of your ear.
The first variation you’ll notice is the dermal piercing jewelry itself. On one end you’ll see a normal gem or other stud-style piece, like you’re used to, and on the other end there is a flat bar with holes in it. That is the “anchor,” and it will go, and stay, underneath your skin.
Where can I get a dermal piercing?
Sure, you understand how a normal piercing gun works, but dermal piercings are done a little differently…
Most piercing salons that perform surface piercings will also do dermal piercings. To start off, the piercing artist will mark your skin with an ink dipped toothpick or a very fine tip marker. As with a normal ear piercing, this just shows you where it’s going to go.
Now we’re on to the piercing itself. This part can be done with a normal piercing needle or a dermal punch. If you have a choice, go with the dermal punch! Some states don’t allow this tool (it’s technically a Class II medical device), but it is the least traumatic way to make a hole. Dermal punch healing time is also shortened.
Dermal punches consist of a tool with a rounded, hole-sized end that removes the skin with a punch/grind motion.
Dermal piercing healing time
Once you have your new dermal piercing, expect to wait anywhere from one to three months (depending on the location of the piercing) before replacing your dermal piercing jewelry top. Removing or replacing it too soon can cause delay healing or cause permanent tissue damage.
In addition to an estimated healing time, your artist should also provide you with cleaning instructions. Ask to see written aftercare advice before getting your piercing. If the salon doesn’t have it, you should highly consider checking out another salon.
As with all piercings, there is some chance of rejection with dermals. If the anchor becomes dislodged out of its pocket under the sking, a lump can form near the site.
Finally, dermal piercings differ from regular piercings because if you decide you no longer want the piercing, you’ll have to have it professionally removed since it’s embedded under the skin. Ask your piercer about the process for removal before you decide to have a dermal piercing done.
Some of the most common dermal piercing jewelry is simple gem tops, but as the popularity of these piercings grows, so does the range of dermal anchor tops. Hello Kitty dermal jewelry is a hot style now, as is our clear dermal top which is a great way to conceal a dermal piercing if needed.
Any questions? Please- let us know! Also be sure and drop us a line about any microdermal jewelry you’d like to see us add over at BellyBling.net!