Microdermals and exercise?

Sunday April 29th, 2012 @ 8:08 AM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

Recently, I got a pair of microdermals about an inch under my right collarbone. I’ve had almost no problems with them - first week I got them, I bruised them quite badly because I tried cleaning them with a q-tip and apparently might have spun the feet around underneath a lot. Apart from that, they’ve been angels to me.

However, recently, I’ve decided to go back to working out and exercising and sports training. I put a band-aid on each of the microdermals, clean them before and after I do so. My sports bra strap goes over one of them, and that same one, as of today, has started to go a little bit red. It’s not really hurting, but I have a huge pain tolerance, and so I’m not sure what’s happening.

Do you have any advice you can give me concerning them, and I was also wondering on the best recommended way to clean them? I’ve heard a lot of contradicting ideas, including “you shouldn’t be soaking them at all”.

Every piercer has their own advice and its important to follow what they suggest, however I don’t think that soaking OR band-aiding piercings is ever a good idea. Both cause the tissue to inflame and often do more damage than good.

I would strongly suggest to try a couple other sports bras that don’t directly rub on the anchor, which by the sounds of it is causing the redness. I would say to leave them alone as much as you can and wear clothing that won’t make them worse.

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Posted by Joeltron | Permalink | Comments

Rib piercing

Sunday April 29th, 2012 @ 8:08 AM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

Hey there,

I’ve been looking into surface piercing for a while now, and was wondering about getting surface bars between (parallel to) my ribs. I am aware of the difficulty in healing surface piercings in the first place, especially in areas that move a lot, but if it did heal properly, would it only take a simple bump for it to reject? Would it limit me physically for the entire time I had it?

Hope you can help. :)

Although I’m sure you have done plenty of research into surface rib piercings, I would suggest to look into dermal anchors for that area. I know many piercers that prefer surface over anchors (myself not included), however in that area - there is simply way too much movement.

Rejection, although is a real concern, it wont just happen from a simple bump. It will more likely happen because the constant movement in the area will cause the ends of the jewellery to protrude out and then pop back in - it’s even less fun than it sounds.

Dermal anchors would be my highly recommended suggestion for the placement you are after, has a much higher chance of healing and will not be anywhere as affected by the movement.

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Posted by Joeltron | Permalink | Comments

Dermal Scarring Issues/Questions

Sunday April 29th, 2012 @ 8:08 AM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

So, as you can see by the picture, I have 4 large scars on my chest from dermals that I got summer ‘10. The top two were removed earlier than the bottom two. I really do miss my dermals there and even though I heard that dermals tend to stay better if underneath scar tissue, I don’t want to get them repierced if they’ll reject again. If you would recommend that I don’t get them re-done, what’s a good way to heal these scars?

I wouldn’t really say that anchors hold better a second time round, often scar tissue is more ‘brittle’ than normal skin and the scar tissue can cause problems with them sitting flat.

Saying that, I have done quite a number of anchors right over the top of old scar dots and have had generally great results. I would suggest to find a piercer that uses dermal punches (or “O-needles” in locations were punches are outlawed), this will help to remove a large amount of the visible scar tissue and allow the anchor to sit flatter.

If you choose to try and reduce the scar tissue, there are a number of ways you can do it. Personally I use pure Vitamin-E oil massages twice a day to promote blood circulation and teach the scar tissue to eventually go flat. Often it dose take a number of weeks to see results, however with patience they will go whiter and flatter.

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Posted by Joeltron | Permalink | Comments

metal allergies

Monday October 25th, 2010 @ 5:04 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

I have a metal allergy, it affects various parts of my body. my cartilage piercing did not take thanks to the allergy, have to go out of my way extra picky for rings for my nipple piercing, tho it does not affect my tongue piercings. I have always wanted a corset piercing but am wary because it is alot of money to put down if my body just rejects it. Nickel is the primary metal my body reacts to, tho it reacts to a few others as well. Any ideas?

For starters, regardless of the jewelry, corset style piercings do not last in the long run and I can’t think of any reputable piercers who’d tell you different.

As far as having nickel allergies, you want to be sure you’re being pierced with implant grade materials. “Surgical Steel” and “Surgical Titanium” doesn’t really mean a thing.

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | 1 Comment

microdermals vs. skin divers?

Tuesday April 13th, 2010 @ 1:21 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

A local piercer does skin divers, and says he prefers them over microdermals as far as healing time and ease goes.

I’m considering getting one or the other, but I haven’t had any luck finding information on skin divers. I’d like to know more before diving into it (har har!). What exactly is the difference between the two?

Some piercers swear by skin divers. However, myself, and most of my piercing colleagues do not. There are several issues with skin divers, the most obvious being the sharp point at the base. Honestly, using nothing but common sense does having a sharp point under your skin sound like a good idea? Obviously, the answer is no.

Also, who is making these skin divers? Are the made out of implant grade metals? Are they finished well? None of the top US companies even make skin divers, that should tell you something right there.

One large concern of mine, is the procedure required to insert them, the practitioner MUST use biopsy punches. Technically, I do not see this as an issue. However, legally it can cause some issues. In several areas dermal anchors are being made illegal because of the “implant procedure” required to insert them. Also, biopsy punches are not legal for use by non-medical practitioners in a lot of places. The microdermal can be inserted with a needle, which makes a lot better case for it being a piercing procedure and not a medical procedure.

Then there is also the issue of the ends not being interchangeable. That may be only a vanity issue, but really if not for vanity most people wouldn’t be considering either procedure.

So why do some piercers prefer them? The most obvious answer would be ease of insertion (as your piercer mentioned). It requires FAR less skill to insert a skin diver, in fact, it’s pretty idiot proof. Another reason and a COMMON motivator is price, these skin divers are CHEAP compared to quality micros and well, this is a business, lots of piercers may put the almighty dollar over the’r clients well being.

As I mentioned previously though, some piercers who I do respect use these and swear by them, so I welcome their comments on the subject. I, however, am convinced on the superiority of quality microdermals over skin divers.

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Posted by Sean Philips | Permalink | 55 Comments

Bridge Piercing Rejecting?

Wednesday January 6th, 2010 @ 4:09 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual


About 2.5 years ago, I had the bridge of my nose pierced. Healing went well and the bruising and soreness healed quickly. However, after about a year of having it, I got a new job which didn’t allow facial piercings, so I switched the barbell to a PTFE barbell and simple wore no balls on the ends. I tried not to change it very often, and kept the PTFE barbell in most of the time. However I love my piercing and wanted to show it off when I got a chance, so I did change it occasionally, which would make it sore. Anyways, I eventually quit that job and again my piercing went back to being fine. Finally, to my question: my piercing still gets crusties, after having it for almost 3 years, and I experience discomfort when I touch it sometimes. I am deathly afraid that the piercing is rejecting, and want to catch it and remove it before I end up with hideous scars. Is it rejecting or simply migrating? It has already migrated slightly from the original placement, but nothing too drastic as I write this.


Blake (US)

Like so many questions we get here at AskBME, this is a hard one to answer with certainty without being able to see your piercing. My suggestion would be to go see a piercer in your area who you trust. They should be able to let you know if your piercing seems to be rejecting or migrating.

While many people find that their bridge piercing heals quickly and doesn’t act up, it’s also not uncommon to have the experience you are having. So, the soreness and crusties could be a sign of rejection, but they could also just be a sign of your particular bridge piercing being being finicky.

Let a professional check it out and give you an opinion based upon what they can actually see.

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Posted by Derek Lowe | Permalink | 2 Comments

microdermal coverups

Tuesday December 15th, 2009 @ 7:35 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

Im about to get a microdermal where a madison piercing would be placed. I know that there are skin toned heads I can use, but somehow I cant seem to find them on the internet. Does anyone know of a place that I could get (a preferably cheap) one? Also I have a very pale skintone, so Im wondering if that matters at all…? Thanks!!

The cheapest option and one that I often advise is simply taking a band aid that is a close color to your skin tone and putting a piece of it (trimmed to shape) over the flat disc end that likely came with your micro. Cheap, effective and far less chance of allergic reaction than most of the flesh tone ends.

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Posted by Sean Philips | Permalink | 3 Comments

Dermal Archor lost in hand

Friday December 11th, 2009 @ 7:02 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

I had my divers removed and replaced them with archors… Well the piercer was changing it the archor droped and we couldnt find it in my hand… my question is should I worry about infection or it bothering me or go to the er and have it removed?

I had a client come in who had lost the foot of her jewelry into her sternum and never found it again.
Luckily it was an anchor she got from my studio and at least it was of implant grade, anodized titanium from a reputable company like Anatometal. I could at least assure it was a biocompatible piece.
She is looking into x-rays to see where it ended up, but it should probably be alright. A doctor could remove it no problem.

That being said, if you don’t know exactly what the metal lost in your hand is made of, it could cause you problems down the road as it starts to break down.

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | 1 Comment

Hip Microdermals

Sunday October 18th, 2009 @ 2:14 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

I want to get microdremals but I don’t know how much they cost and if they can be done on minors. I really need to find a place in Eastern NC. My main questions:

Are they really permenant? and which is better the needle or punch and taper method?

&& what would be a possible cost for 4 hip microdermals to give the appearance of surface piercings?


I don’t believe there is a real difference in a punch or needle technique for the piercing.
Surface anchors are not permanent, but it’s important to realize that they do not come out with ease. They’re not really something you could remove safely at home and they are prone to migrating and rejecting like any surface piercing.

As far as price and age go, that would completely depend on the piercer you seek out to do them.
Regardless of your age, it’s most important to find a piercer who is experienced in the procedure and removal and who is using implant grade materials.

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | Comments

Microdermal Corset?

Sunday October 18th, 2009 @ 2:03 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

So I’ve been wanting to get a corset piercing for years, but couldn’t stand the idea of having surface bars that would reject before they ever had a chance to heal. But recently I thought that if I had microdermal anchors put in instead of surface bars, then maybe it would be able to heal properly. I could leave the flat discs on them 90% of the time.

I was planning on getting the top 2 done first, and waiting a month or more to see how my body handles microdermals before getting the rest. I’ve had 9 piercings, but no microdermals yet, and I know everyone’s body heals things differently.

I was just wondering what you thought of this?

If there was ever a way that corset design piercings could be worn “permanently” it would be with surface anchors.

Wearing flat discs all the time would definitely be a must. However, with the placement on your back, those piercings would be subject to a LOT of trauma. Sitting in chairs/vehicles, laying on your back, etc. You’d have to take a lot of care.
Even switching the ends off the anchors can be irritating to them, so I’d use caution.

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