More Info on Dermal Piercings
Dermal piercings can be pretty much anywhere on the body and sit just below the surface of the skin. The dermal tops (which are the visible part) screw into a small metal base known as dermal anchors.
These types of piercing are also commonly known as microdermal implants or dermal anchor piercings.
As you would expect there are many styles of dermal piercings available but it’s worth noting a couple of key points.
Firstly, by far the most common gauge (or bar thickness) is 1.6mm (14 GA) with an internally threaded bar. If you would like to use a smaller gauge dermal top with a larger dermal anchor this is possible with a dermal converter.
Secondly, always be very mindful of the style of dermal top you’re using in relation to where it is on your body. If the dermal top is spiked for example this could cause irritation on other areas of the body. Equally if your dermal piercing is in an area which is likely to be knocked (e.g. during sport) then a simple solid metal or single gem dermal may be a better option.
The dermal anchor will sit just before the surface of the skin so quality is important - you certainly don’t want something which will cause irritation or begin to corrode quickly.
A great option is Grade 23 Titanium - this is approved internationally for use in medical equipment so you can be sure it’s of a very high standard. This could be used along with a dermal top which is made from 316L Surgical Steel.
You may have also seen the dermal anchors with holes either side of the bar - these are used to help the anchor stay in place, as the piercing heals tissue will form in and around the holes.
Dermal Piercing considerations
- A dermal piercing should only ever be carried out by a professional piercing studio with the correct equipment.
- Due to the nature of dermal piercings they are more likely to be rejected by the body - this can be a result of the anchor not being positioned correctly or the top of the piercing frequently being knocked or caught on clothing, all of which works against the healing process.
- Ensure you are continually keeping the piercing clean (ideally with a saline piercing aftercare product). Particular care should be given during the healing process which can last up to 12 weeks.
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