Microdermal Tops

Sunday May 6th, 2012 @ 12:54 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

This is a ridiculously simple question, but its hard to google information on dermals.. I was just wondering what a typical Dermal top would be, 3mm, 4mm, or 5mm? I was trying to order tops and I don’t want to end up with the wrong ones.

Most people will pierce with a 4mm or 5mm top, depending on the area. ‘Open’ areas I think look better with 5mm tops, like the back of the neck or stomach. Facial anchors are more commonly done with 4mm tops, to make them less over powering - this is obviously totally up to personal aesthetic preference.

If you are unsure, go with the 4mm or if you want it to look ‘bigger’ then go the 5mm. 3mms are really only good for older anchors and can ’sink in’ cause problems, even without a bump or irritation.

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Christina Piercing Help - ASAP!?

Sunday May 6th, 2012 @ 5:11 AM

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*I don’t want any rude comments please*

Does it look infected at the top & does it look crooked? I only had it done Thursday & I’ve been told it may be because of swelling:

It most certainly does not look infected, if it was (trust me here) you would know. I’m not a fan of PTFE (or any plastics) for surface style piercings as they can cause this pressure and promote the development of hypertropic scar tissue. You will get a fair bit of yellow/clear discharge coming from a fresh piercing and is totally normal, as is the redness.

It does look a little crooked, but nearly impossible to tell without a directly front-on picture. It could be a bit of swelling distorting it, however I find that it doesn’t usually effect it that much.

If you are worried about the placement, go back to your piercer and ask them to have a peep and see what they think. Accidents happen and that area is difficult to line up, if it is crooked they will usually fix it up for free for you.

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Dermal anchor gone wrong!

Friday May 4th, 2012 @ 7:32 AM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

So my mom got a dermal anchor on her wrist 4 months ago & 2 months in, she dropped a small metal grate on it. Just the sort for the bottom of a bird cage, nothing too heavy.

Since then she’s been having really bad problems with it. She has 10 other dermals and none of them have been so problematic.

She’s basically got some sort of huge blister underneath the anchor. It’s bright purple on bad days, red on good ones. She’s started ‘draining’ it with a needle, but the only thing that comes out is a bit of blood & clear liquid. The draining makes it flatter, but it always comes back the next 1-2 days.

She’s tried different forms of anti-biotics, tea-tree oil & anti-septic creams. Nothing is working as of yet.


Its not an infection, so antibiotics won’t really help. Popping/draining anything near a piercing (especially with a needle) is a very bad idea as you are just causing more irritation.

Sounds owwie! Even a small knock can cause the anchor to tilt and do exactly this. If it has lifted or tilted from the bump, the only thing to do would be to go back to the piercer and get it re-set back down flat again.

If its flat and just has a bubble next to it, chances are its torn a little and its just healing. Leave it be and only do a daily saline soak to promote quicker healing, it should go back to normal as long as you don’t irritate it any further.

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where can I get these done in Texas?

Wednesday May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:54 AM

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Hi, I’m really wanting to get my sub dermal clavicles done, I’m not sure where to do this because I know that they’re pretty rate piercings.can anyone recommend a place or places in Texas where I could get mine done? it can be anywhere on the state, if not in the state, somewhere in the same general area would be good, I want them badly and I’m getting pretty desperate to find somewhere, can anyone help?

I would strongly suggest to check out BME’s 411 (professional directory listing) or alternatively
APP’s Member Database.

As always make sure you are 100% comfortable with your artist, ask heaps of questions and find out what jewellery they use for initial piercings. If you can, you want at least internal thread jewellery and preferable titanium also.

Ask to see the piercers HEALED portfolio of dermal anchors, specifically in that area as they can be tricky to heal if not placed just right.

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Deraml Anchors

Tuesday May 1st, 2012 @ 12:27 PM

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I did 2 micro dermal anchors on a client of mine (back of his neck-sorry, no pic) approximately 2 years ago. He has had no issues with them until about a week or so ago. There seems to be a large granuloma developing under the skin around the foot of the anchor on the left (the anchor on the right side is fine). Nothing in his environment or daily routine has changed either. I’ve been doing micro dermal anchors for over 4 years now and have never seen anything like this develop on any other ones that I’ve done. It’s definitely solid and doesn’t seem to have any build-up of discharge trapped inside anywhere. He’s used warm saltwater soaks along with copious amounts of H2Ocean with no results. Also, he says there is no pain or sensitivity whatsoever, which is even more perplexing to me. I’m stumped over what to tell him to do or use to help. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks so much!

A.C. Babe

Wilmington, Delaware, USA

Sounds like the anchor is rejecting, often this happens on the short foot side and can be brought on by knocks or lots of movement.

After-care won’t really ‘fix’ the problem, it will just stop it from getting worse. Your best bet would be to remove the anchor (you will notice the bump will disappear instantly, as its most likely the short foot sitting up) and re-do it. I personally do this sometimes at the same time as popping it out, however it depends on the severity of the bump and the surrounding tissue.

Also using larger dermal anchor bases (there are many manufacturers out there with all different designs) will help to stop this from happening again, however they will can leave a larger scar once you want to remove them.

This is all under the assumption that the anchor is on a tilt. If it is nice and flat - it could be simply a build up of scar tissue inside of the pocket and the best thing to do would be to remove it and have them massage it with vitamin E oil until it goes down.

I have seen very similar things happen when a person gets an ingrown hair inside of the anchor, but it every time has displayed with a sharp pain with movement.

Best of luck diagnosing the problem! Worst case, if its not hurting them or affecting the piercing - you could leave it and see if it goes down on its own before deciding to retire it.

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Chest Dermal Anchor

Tuesday May 1st, 2012 @ 12:13 PM

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about 9 months ago i got both sides of my chest peirced. about one month ago, one anchor started to make my skin slightly dicolored. it’s not infected, and is still flush to my skin, but my skin around it is almost liek a dark purple/gray color. very light, but still noticeable. what should i do?

It could be a couple things, however it sounds like the development of some scar tissue in the underneath layers. I would suggest a very gently massage with some pure Vitamin E once a day, making sure not to aggravate the anchor. This should allow the oil to ’soak’ into the underlying tissue and promote skin regeneration and increased blood circulation.

As I’m guessing they are in a symmetrical placement (one either side) it could be from sleeping on one side also. Try your hardest to sleep flat on your back, try sleeping with sunglasses on (seriously, it stops you from turning over) or positioning hard pillows (or cushions) to either side so you physically are unable to roll over.

You could also try warm chamomile herbal tea bag soaks as part of your daily cleaning routine to help the tissue relax and go back to normal.

Best of luck and as always, if it gets worse - consult your piercer! They will be able to tell more about exactly what’s going on by looking and feeling the tissue.

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Microdermal implants and dermal punches

Monday April 30th, 2012 @ 3:46 AM

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I understand that most piercers won’t pierce abnormal skin such as a mole (and I appreciate the concern for the customer’s safety). But what about piercings that are created using a dermal punch, like skin divers or microdermals? I’m interested in getting a skin diver (yep, I’ve thuroughly considered a microdermal, I still think a skin diver is the best choice for me) but both positions I am considering already have a mole exactly or very near where I would like them placed. I know the usual recommendation is to have the mole removed, let it heal, then pierce, but it seems nuts to have a mole removed with a dermal punch only to repunch as soon as it’s healed. Any reasons why the peircer couldn’t punch out the mole with the dermal punch and then place in the skin diver?

The reason why its bad to just dermal punch a mole out and put any jewellery in, is that moles can be cancerous and doctors will send it away for testing to ensure it isn’t anything more serious.

I would say just move your position slightly off so its just enough away from the mole (it would only have to be a little bit away to be safe).

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Nape piercing question

Monday April 30th, 2012 @ 3:46 AM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual


I’ve had my nape pierced for 6 years, no problems so far, the last few months I’ve noticed a red soft bump in the middle of the piercing. I’ve been touching it (I know bad!) because it started as what felt like dry skin. It’s still not going away. I’ve been using sea salt with no change

I hope it’s not rejecting, and based on other surface piercings I’ve had I don’t think it is, but am not entirely sure

Any suggestions?


Its very hard to tell without being able to see the piercing. If there is no other redness, then it is unlikely that its rejecting. You could just have a patch of dry skin there which won’t go away.

I would say your first step would be to go into a studio and get a professional piercer to check it out to make sure its not rejecting. Also ask them their advice on the jewellery, normally only titanium staple bars (90 degree angled ends) are suitable for napes and other pieces can promote rejection and migration.

If all is fine, I would suggest to consult a dermatological to see if it is dry skin. They may suggest to use a steroid based cream to clear it up or it could even be as basic as using a quality moisturizer to settle the skin.

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Is My Surface Piercing Unhappy?

Sunday April 29th, 2012 @ 2:39 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

I got my clavicle area pierced about a week ago. I’ve had some piercings before but the closest thing to a surface piercing I’ve had was my eyebrow. So, I am not completely experienced with surface piercings. However, I did my research and I did go to a reputable piercer. I know all about the risks and how healing is uncommon.

I am just wondering If I could get some insight if this is normal for a week old piercing. The bruising, which I believe is normal started about the third day and has stayed about the same. What I am worried about is the redness around the holes? Is this ok? It doesn’t look like an infection to me, but the redness makes me nervous. I have been doing sea salt soaks daily, cleaning with plain soap about every 2nd day and never touching it.

From the picture it is very hard to even see the jewelry, but judging from the surrounding area its easy to see that your piercing is unhappy. The bruising and redness is not anything to worry about. While that amount of bruising isn’t common, it isn’t unheard of either.

What I’m more worried about is the jewelry itself, in the picture the tops look to be red and its hard to tell if its just dark colored jewelry or its scabbing over the beads/tops. What i would suggest is continue with your salt soaks and get back to see your piercer as soon as you can. With a quick visual inspection they should be able to pinpoint the problem for you and get you on the right track.

Good luck with your piercing and make sure to submit some pictures when it heals all the way up.

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Sternam Piercing Help

Sunday April 29th, 2012 @ 8:08 AM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

Hi everyone,

I had my first surface piercing done yesterday and just had a quick question I was hoping you might be able to help me with. I don’t have any redness around entry and exit sites but it is pretty red along the surface of where the bar sits under the skin. Is this normal because its only just been done or is this something to be worried about?

Sorry in advance for the stupidity but I wasn’t sure whether this should be expected. Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you!

Redness in a fresh piercing (any skin penetration or abrasion, for that matter) is very very normal. Redness means blood rushing to the area to start your healing and is in no means a sign of infection or rejection.

Depending on what jewellery you have in there (preferably a flat bottom internal thread titanium staple bar), the redness can take anywhere from a couple weeks to a couple months to begin to subside.

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