Microdermal piercings, also known as dermal piercings or single-point piercings, are piercings punctured on flat surfaces of the body. They can literally be placed anywhere you want since it is not a major process, which makes them different from other ordinary body piercings. With a micro dermal piercing, only one end of the ornament emerges from the surface of the skin; the other end is embedded in the dermal layer of the skin. This gives the appearance of having small beads on the surface of the skin.
This type of piercing is becoming popular nowadays because it can be placed on almost any flat surface on the body, allowing decoration of areas that are difficult to pierce with regular piercings. In addition, patterns can be made with multiple dermal piercings. A dermal piercing can also attach an ornament to the finger as a “dermal ring.” A microdermal piercing should not be confused with a surface piercing. Surface piercing might look like a microdermal piercing, but it has a surface bar following the plane of the skin showing two ends. While a standard piercing would be pierced through the skin, a microdermal piercing as mentioned is just under the skin in the body tissue.
Microdermal Piercing Procedure
A microdermal piercing procedure is performed on the skin to allow anchor piercing and jewelry to be inserted. This piercing is only visible from the surface of the skin, but as mentioned above; it is different from a surface piercing because it involves embedding a titanium piercing in the microdermal layer of the skin. The microdermal piercing has several holes to give room for skin growth, hence stabilizing the piercing further. This procedure is performed on any flat skin surface and can be possible in parts of the skin that are less accessible to standard piercing.
There are several types of microdermal piercings, but the common ones are: Back dermal piercing, finger dermal piercing, ear dermal piercing, chest dermal piercing, face dermal piercing, ear dermal piercing, and hip dermal piercing.
The procedure is usually performed using a dermal punch or needle. When a dermal piercing is done with a punch, the pouch is made in a different way. When using a needle, the pouch is made by separating the skin, but when using a dermal punch, the pouch is made by removing a bit of tissue. A microdermal punch is less painful, so it is commonly used. The process starts by identifying the point of piercing. The area is then sterilized and marked with a surgical marker. The microdermal punch is then used to remove skin tissues. The anchor is then placed below the skin and a piece of jewelry is placed using surgical forceps. The entire procedure takes about an hour.
Here is an example of the microdermal piercing procedure, as you can see it does not seem to cause a lot of pain to get a dermal piercing.
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Microdermal Piercing Costs
Do not try to be cheap when it comes to getting microdermal piercings. A good piercing place will probably ask a little more but if your body rejects them, they should heal them up and re-pierce them for free. Price for a microdermal piercing will range from $40 to $120 in the United States, also depending on how many you will get. The more you will get the cheaper the price normally will be per dermal piercing.
Microdermal Piercing Healing & Aftercare
When the piercing procedure is finished, the piercing area of the dermal piercing is covered with a bandaid for a few days. The healing time for a microdermal piercing is average around 3 months, often depending on how good you take care of your piercing. This is not extremely long if you compare this to the healing times of a tragus or snug piercing. Here some valuable tips that you should definitely take into consideration when getting pierced. A good piercer will also advise you on this.
- The piercing can heal within one to three months. During this time, it is important to protect the piercing from being pulled, moved around, or accidentally removed. The tissues around the piercing can be easily irritated. The piercing may get caught in clothes and towels, so care must be taken when drying the body and when wearing clothes. Clothes that can easily catch the piercing and fabrics with small holes should be avoided.
- The piercing can be cleansed using a salt solution, which can be prepared at home by dissolving ¼ teaspoon of non-iodized salt in one cup of warm water. It can be applied or sprayed on the piercing 2 to 3 times a day. Dry the piercing using a tissue or a paper towel. A new tissue or paper towel must be used every time the piercing is cleansed, because used towels and tissues may accumulate dirt and bacteria, which in turn, may cause infection in the piercing.
- A person wanting to remove a dermal piercing should get help from a professional piercer; removing it on one’s own is not recommended. The area of the piercing is gently massaged to dislodge the piercing from its location. If the piercing is old it may be more difficult to remove because tissues might have grown on the plate area.
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Microdermal Piercing Risks
The primary risk of dermal piercing is tissue damage, especially when the piercing is not done by a professional piercer. The dermal layer contains nerves and blood vessels, which may be damaged when the piercing is not installed properly. If the piercing is installed too deeply in the skin, it may pull the skin layers together, which is called embedding. If the piercing is too shallow, it can migrate. During the several months it may take for the piercing to heal, it is important to avoid twisting or pulling the piercing, or snagging it on clothing or towels.
Another risk is the development of bacterial infection. Infection can happen when equipment used for piercing is not well sterilized, or when the piercing is not cleaned regularly. An infection of the deeper layers of the skin and fat, called cellulitis, may be caused by airborne bacteria infecting the piercing location while the procedure is done. An infection is manifested by inflammation of the surrounding area: redness, rash, pus, and/or pain.
Another risk is that the piercing may be rejected by the body, causing an immune response in the area of the piercing. It is recommended that the piercings be made with titanium rather than stainless steel. Titanium is often used in surgeries and medical procedures because its potential for rejection by the body is low. A rejection is in most of the cases normal to happen but the time can vary between 6 months and 6 years.
It all comes down to doing your research and not making any rash decisions. If you select a good piercer who you feel comfortable with, do your research on how to take care of your microdermal piercing after you have received it and consistently do it, then all the risk will be reduced to a minimum. What is your experience with getting a microdermal?