Microdermals vs. Surface bars on hip and nape area

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Wednesday April 29th, 2009 @ 4:29 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

Hi there!

So I know that there have already been several inquiries regarding microdermals in the hip area, but I have looked at several different sites on the web, and talked to multiple piercers who have given me all different types of answers. Some have said that even dermal anchors won’t heal in the hip area,and microdermals can pop right out, and others have said both surface bars and dermals heal up fine…so therefore I am just trying to confirm are surface bars or dermals better for this procedure(also nape area)?and if I where to consider placing jewelry in my hip area, and above my pant line, would the piercing have a good had so many back-and-forth answers I am trying to get an honest and professional “break down” of the situation :)Thank you so much!!


You’ll often receive varying recommendations from different artists on the subject. There is no definite right or wrong answer on some aspects of these questions, but I’ll offer my personal advice.

Let’s start with the nape. This is one location where surface bars have had a higher chance of survival over the long term than most other locations on the body. I personally stick to titanium internally threaded surface bars with flat disks and the punch & taper procedure. If I’m doing microdermals I also stick to the punch & taper procedure with titanium internally threaded pieces with flat disks. I have had great results with this procedure and jewelry design over the years, so I stick with it. The nape is usually gravy.

As for the hips/pantline, this is not a practical location for either surface bars or microdermals. There is a lot of tissue movement there, which can be hazardous to a surface piercing. Not to mention running the risk of clothing catching your jewelry or putting pressure in it/them. This problem will be prevalent with microdermals and surface piercings alike.

I’m not saying that it will not heal, I’m just saying that the risks of problems are high and should be considered when attempting to heal something like this.

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2 Responses to “Microdermals vs. Surface bars on hip and nape area”

  1. Great thank you so much for you help Russ :) I greatly appreciate the advice and detailed explination!

    Nico on April 29th, 2009 at 6:44 pm
  2. I have had 4 microdermals on my hips (2 on each side) for a couple of years now and I have had little to no trouble with any of them. Occasionally one becomes inflamed, but this is rare and usually because I have worn a corset or similarly disturbed/pressured it. I take the jewel off, clean it and it is normally back to normal the next day!

    I was told that hip surface piercings would simply grow out, and microdermals were the most sensible option… as sensible as sticking metal in your skin is!

    I love my dermals and would recommend them to anyone with the money, patience and commitment.

    Cheers x

    lilbeyo on May 21st, 2010 at 11:23 pm

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