Vertical Nape Microdermal

Friday June 15th, 2012 @ 7:41 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual, Uncategorized

Hi, I am considering getting a vertical nape microdermals, but there are a few things I am wanting to clear up first about the possible problems in the future.

Firstly, is there a point in say 20 years time where it wouldn’t be able to be removed without difficulty or permanent damage? Also due to it being vertically down the spine, would their be any farfetched chance of damage to my spinal cord?

Any response would be appreciated, it is a piercing I would love to have but I just want to be fully aware of the possible consequences.

Many Thanks

These are all questions that your artist should be able to answer before you get them done, but I’m here to help. :)

If you keep the piercings and maintain them for 20 years there is no reason they would be any harder to remove than if you kept them for a year.

The anchors themselves are only sitting 2-2.5 mm deep in your skin, so there is no chance of having any effect on your spinal column.

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Micro Dermal Anchors

Friday June 8th, 2012 @ 4:13 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

This is my dermal anchor as it currently sits. I have two in my lower back. I’ve had them for a year and 3 months and they are the happiest thing i’ve ever had.

Today, i jumped (back first) into a mesh-netting hammock.

I immediately tailed off to my piercer, who tugged a bit but said for my skin’s sake, let it reject the rest of the way out. All that’s left is half of the larger foot of the anchor part.

Do you think i should see another piercer and have it taken out or listen to mine and just let it fall out? I plan to let the hole heal and in a few months, get it redone.

If something like that came into my shop I would recommend removal. If you left it in it would probably get ripped out long before it every fully rejected. If it does get ripped out it will probably leave a larger scar that would take longer to heal.

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Piercing a Mastectomy Scar

Wednesday May 16th, 2012 @ 1:30 AM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

I have a severe scar from failed breast reconstruction following bilateral mastectomies. One local studio is willing to try, the other said no.

The scar is really a hole in my chest surrounded by thick scar tissue. The area has also been subjected to radiation therapy, which is why I’m getting differing opinions.

I’d like a pair of flexible barbells if that’s possible. Pictures and much more info to professionals who have advice or comments. I need your help folks!

I don’t think that a curved (or flexible) barbell in that area would really be a good idea - even without the scar tissue.

I think your best bet would be to get two dermal anchors either side of the indentation, giving the appearance of a surface bar. That way nothing has to pass through the scar tissue and they will have a significantly reduced chance of migration and rejection.

Although I have no experience with post-mastectomy pieircings, I have done this same thing a number of time on clients with fantastic success. Any experienced piercer will be able to perform it for you, but as always make sure you check out their portfolio for similar HEALED work and make sure you are fully satisfied with all of your questions before you decide on a specific artist.

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Dermal Anchor

Wednesday May 16th, 2012 @ 1:05 AM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

The picture isn’t exactly amazing, but i had this done under my eye a couple months ago and it seems the bar is sticking out a lot. is this normal? or is it rejecting?

As the skin doesn’t appear to be red or irritated, I think it has just healed slightly high. In that area it can be quite common, however an experienced piercer will be able to re-plat (make flatter) the pieircing so it is flush against your skin again.

If it is not annoying you (other than aesthetically), I would suggest to leave it alone. Sometimes trying to get it flatter will just make it worse. If you are finding that you are catching it lots, perhaps re-planting it is your best bet.

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can i stop my dermals from rejecting.

Tuesday May 15th, 2012 @ 6:15 AM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

i recently got my hip dermals done about four weeks ago and am now noticing a little of the post showing. is it rejecting this early, and if so is there anything i can do to stop this process. i have heard everything from doing sea salt soaks to taping it down every day for a couple weeks?

It sounds like the swelling has just gone done from when it was initially done, I would strongly suggest against taping it down - this normally just irritates them more and makes them want to spring up and out much quicker.

Best to leave it the hell alone and let your body decide how it wants it to sit, you can also get it re-planted (taken out and ‘re-done’) so it sits back flat again.

Be sure you aren’t wearing clothing that will snag/rub against it and be super careful of towels and other things that can get caught and make it want to come out further.

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Question about migration/rejection

Monday May 14th, 2012 @ 1:39 AM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

I recently got four microdermal anchors on the torso area about three weeks ago. I was wondering what the likehood is that they’ll reject.

That would all depend on how they were done, the size of the base - but most importantly your body.

It appears that they are very well placed and have the correct sized tops on them for an initial piercing. I would say that as long as you don’t get them caught or snagged on anything, that your chances of having them for a long time are very good.

As always however, your body is the main determining factor in migration. Some people’s bodies ‘want to’ push piercings out, others scar easily.

Just be careful with them around towels, seat belts, your hear and getting changed and you should be sweet.

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Micro Dermal

Sunday May 13th, 2012 @ 1:49 AM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

I got a dermal on my wrist 9 days ago. It looks (potentially) slightly swollen and is red approx 1/4in around it. There is no pain or discharge associated. Is this normal or early signs of infection and is there anything I should be doing aside from cleaning twice daily with sea salt?

That redness is quite normal for an a dermal anchor and I wouldn’t be worried about infection - just make sure you are not bumping it or getting caught on anything.

You can try icing (10mins on/10mins off) with a clean wrapped cool pack or use an anti-brusing cream AROUND the anchor (not on it) like Hirudoid for Lasonil too.

Don’t stress about it, it should go down within a week - if it gets worse or beings to feel ‘hard’, go to your piercer and get them to examine it further.

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Dermal falling out

Sunday May 13th, 2012 @ 1:49 AM

Filed under: Piercing, Surface/Unusual

I have 2 microdermals on the back of my neck, and one of the tops fell off. there’s a thin layer of skin healed over it now but what should i do? go in and get another top put on right away or wait awhile before doing so?

Oh my! I would strongly suggest to go see a piercer this very second! What is happening is your body is trying to encapsulate the entire base and ’seal’ it in, not a good thing.

If you can’t get to a piercer this very moment, you could attempt to get a friend to put the top back on it (assuming you found it). The thin bit of skin covering the top will simply ‘break’ as you screw the top back on. They go on righty-tighty, lefty-loosey. Even if its just in a little bit, it will keep it good until you can get a piercer to put it on properly.

If you don’t have the top, you could try to put a 16g externally threaded barbell in there (they are actually the same thread). You will find that it will get caught like crazy, so its only a temporary solution - but better than nothing.

Long story short - go see a piercer (any professional piercer) as soon as you possibly can do get them to pop a top back on. After a short period of time it should return back to normal.

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Questionable Piercing Practice?

Tuesday May 8th, 2012 @ 2:43 AM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

I had two microdermals done on my cleavage a couple of days ago. There was much tugging and pushing involved. The piercer seemed to have a hard time inserting my microdermals; he pushed and tugged so much that I have small cuts from where the jewelry cut into my skin while he was twisting. I left with a sore chest and not much confidence in my piercer. He said I need to go back in a week or so, so he can finish “popping them in”. They seem to be in just fine, but both of them are slightly angled. Should I go back and let him “pop them in”? Or should I seek another piercer? I am afraid that whatever he ends up doing next week will just traumatize them and cause them to reject.

What should I do?

It sounds like your piercer wasn’t very experienced in doing anchors, my suggestion would be to go find a reputable studio and get them fixed ASAP.

You want anchors to be as flush as possible (especially when fresh) to reduce the chance of rejection and drasticly reduce the chance of snaggage later on.

The earlier you fix them, the better it is as you won’t have formed much scar tissue yet (making them harder to remove and more difficult to fix).

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Christina piercing

Sunday May 6th, 2012 @ 4:03 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

I recently got a Christina piercing and I LOVE it but I’m concerned it’s rejecting already. It looks like the top ball is sitting farther down in my skin, if that makes sense. I can push it out but it just looks like it’s sinking into my skin. Wasn’t sure if this is rejection or something I need to watch for? I’m cleaning it with a simple saline solution once or twice a day.


Sounds like you are having the opposite problem. Rejection is when your body pushes the jewelry out. Yours is sinking into your skin or nesting. This happens when the jewelry is too short and the skin is swelling.

Go back to your piercer and have him put a longer piece of jewelry in and you should be just fine.

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