How A Dermal Piercing Is Done, Pain Levels and RisksBody Gauges Blog
The dermal piercing has grown in popularity because they look unique and aren’t something that many people get. These types of piercings are also known as micro-dermal piercings, these are piercings that go on flat surfaces of the body.
They are different because they don’t have entry and exit points. Instead, they are a single pierce in the surface of the skin for the jewelry to enter with the jewelry actually going into the dermal layer of the skin.
It looks like you have something just setting on your skin, but they are firmly in there.
If there’s a part of your body that you’d like to highlight but it isn’t typically pierced, it is a candidate for dermal piercing.
Many people like to get multiple dermal piercings because it creates a pattern that add an extra element to existing body piercings.
How Dermal Piercings Work
If you get a dermal piercing, there are two methods that you can use to get the jewelry into the top layer of the skin. What method will work best for you depends on where you want your piercing, your skin, and what your piercer prefers.
You can either get your piercing with a needle or with a punch.
Dermal Piercing with Needles
More like other conventional piercings, dermal piercings with needles are easy. The needle is used to make an L-shaped groove in the skin. The piercer should first use a surgical scrub to make it clean and then make that shape in the surface of the skin.
Typically, this “pouch” will be deep enough to hold the base plate and the anchors of the piercing. They will be placed using forceps and then the jewelry will be twisted onto the plate.
Dermal piercings tend to be far more difficult than conventional piercings, especially using the needle.
You should do your research about the professional piercer that you use because things can go wrong.
The needle has to be one made specifically for dermal piercings or medical procedures. The piercer will have to choose the best gauge of the need for your body and where you want the piercing to be.
Dermal Piercing With a Dermal Punch
A punch is somewhat easier, but it gets the same result. The pouch is made by removing a bit of the tissue. Then the base plate, the anchors, and the jewelry are installed in the same way as mentioned above.
This method is far more common because it is safer, easier for everyone involved, and far less painful. It also has a protective mechanism that will make it easier for the piercer to get the right depth.
Note that this method is not legal everywhere.
Are Dermal Piercings Painful?
Depending on the method that you use, the location of the piercing, and your own pain level, dermal piercings can be painful. The healing process can be a little painful as well, but it generally isn’t too bad. In order to eliminate as much pain as possible, you should take good care of the piercing site:
Cover the piercing area with a dressing or a band-aid for a few days.
The piercing will heal in time, somewhere between one and three months. You have to avoid pulling, pushing, or pinching the skin as much as possible because the tissue around the piercing is easily irritated. Make sure to be careful when using a towel, getting dressed, and even in what you wear. Fabrics with small holes must be avoided.
If your piercer tells you to clean the piercing, do so using a salt solution. Make sure to dry everything thoroughly after you finish up, but be careful about pulling.
If you decide that you don't want the piercing, do not remove it yourself. You have to get help from a professional. The removal process looks easy, but it is difficult.
Dermal Piercing Risks
The main risk with a dermal piercing is that you make a mistake getting it done by someone who isn't a professional. You can damage the skin, blood vessels, and even nerves if you do not install the dermal piercings properly.
If the piercing goes too deep, you can have something called embedding which can leave you with permanent scars. If it is put too close to the surface, it can migrate, which will ruin the piercing and can prevent you from getting the same piercing again.
Another risk is that you can get a bacterial infection if the equipment or shop hasn't been sterilized properly. An infection called cellulitis, which affects skin and fat, can be dangerous. Look out for things like redness, rashes, pus, and tenderness.
Where To Get Dermal Anchors & Tops
When it comes to selecting jewelry for your piercing, you want to stay away from cheap jewelry.
Instead, you want to get jewelry made out of titanium or stainless steel. This will prevent your body from rejecting the jewelry, which can create an immune response to the piercing.
Once again, the most important thing to do is ensure that whoever does your piercing is a professional and it is done in a sterile, professional area. Always seek a piercing professional when getting ANY piercing and seek a heath professional if you feel your piercing is infected.