everything you should know before getting a dermal piercing

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Dermal piercing is a huge trend as far as body modification goes because it can be done on any flat surface of the skin. It is not new, but it is a riskier way to get a body piercing.

This is because it has just an entry point with no exit since it stays flat on the skin surface. This means it will be part of your skin, as you are adding a foreign object to it. Hence, people get skeptical about getting it done.

This piercing is also called micro dermal piercing, and it involves a needle or punches to implant an anchor into the upper layer of the skin. Then a piece of jewelry may be screwed to anchor or left on its own to adorn the body.

It can be placed on any part of the body from the face, neck, chest, hands, to anywhere else you want them.

How it’s done

The area of choice is cleaned to ensure that it is sterilized to prevent bacteria. The exact point is marked out, and then bits of flesh are separated around the piercing spot, with a dermal punch or needle. Forceps are then used to insert the anchor into the space.

This anchor is usually L-shaped and 6-7 mill long, which will sit on the dermal layer. Once it is set in place, a piece of jewelry—choices, from gems to other flat surface pieces—can be attached to the anchor so it appears as an ornament directly on the skin.

Most reputable piercing studios charge anywhere from $50-$100, excluding the price of the jewelry. You should carry out your research beforehand and probably book a consultation to get tailored information about the piercer and your options.

Pain and Healing

Pain is inevitable when you get a piercing and one cannot predict how painful it will be. For some it is minor discomfort, others say it is a strong pinching feeling. The pressure of the needle on your skin will cause pain unless your pain tolerance is high.

The position of your body where you choose to get the dermal piercing can affect both the pain and healing time. This is because the thickness and nerve concentration are not the same for most body surfaces.

The average healing time is between one to three months, subject to how well you care for the piercing. Several lifestyle choices can slow down the process. In the early stages, ensure you are careful with your piercing.


Similar to other piercings, it is recommended to clean the pierced area once or twice a day with a saline solution. Pat dry with a fresh paper towel and not your regular towels. Cover the spot with a band-aid during the first week and change it daily after cleaning.

Avoid getting your dermal piercing soaked with water, cover it up when taking a bath to be sure you get it wet. Breathable clothing should be worn over the piercing so you don’t sweat or cause any friction to the spot.

Be sure not to introduce any objects to the piercing, including your hands. This will help reduce the risk of infection. Keep the change of jewelry until you are fully healed as tampering with it can lead to complications.

The risk involved with dermal piercings

There is a high rate of risk associated with this type of piercing because several things could go wrong with an implanted anchor in your skin.

The major sets of risks are associated with the placement of the implants. Getting the right depth is key because if it is too shallow, the piercing could move.

On the other hand, when placed too deeply, the skin can heal and grow over it and the piercing can become attached to the skin layer. A skilled professional will help avoid these placement risks.

Another risk involved is the damage to surrounding tissues and blood vessels which happens when it is not properly installed on the skin. Red bumps can develop around the pierced spot, which may be your skin reacting to the new addition.

The risk of infection is common with a poor aftercare routine. You might notice abnormal swelling and pus discharge with an offensive smell. This can get even more serious and cause hot skin with fever. See a doctor when you notice these symptoms.

The jewelry options

An anchor is the common option used in dermal piercing. It has a flat base that helps it stay in place when inserted. It is then topped off with any other jewelry if that is your choice.

A diver can also be used as it has a pointed base, with permanent jewelry on it.

The dermal piercing becomes a part of one’s body as a form of art and modification. For long use and reduced chance of an allergy, choose a titanium or niobium metal for the piercing.

If you notice a droop that displaces the jewelry, seek medical attention. Be ready to commit to the aftercare to ensure you enjoy your new piercing in style.

Fanti Tukuwei
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