Transdermal jewellery

Thursday February 5th, 2009 @ 12:51 PM

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I’m contemplating getting a set of transdermals, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to put the jewellery in that I want to.

What I want to do , is get two transdermals on my forehead, and put in (likely custom-made), alien antenna. I’m not sure, but I figure any kind of metal would be too heavy as I’d like them to be a couple of inches, but I’m hoping there is someone out there who can do custom jewellery that could make me a set of antenna that I could wear, which would also be flexible enough to allow some wiggle as I walk.

Is this possible, or would it stress the piercing too much?


Once the transdermal heals fully (assuming it does, which is FAR from always the case), a flexible end that is not too heavy, should be fine. As far as having it made, damn near anything is possible. For example find the antenna that you like that were made for something else and have the threading tapped into the bottom of this antenna or have it held on by a prong setting. Finding someone to make these ends may be difficult. I have dealt with [email protected] Infinite Body and [email protected] Anatometal, for custom transdermal pieces in the past. I don’t know if either would want to take on something like this, but they would be a good place to start.

PS:You may also want to consider trying large gauge micros, Anatometal makes them up to an 8 ga now, instead of the trandsermals.

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Posted by Sean Philips | Permalink | 2 Comments

Nape Piercing

Thursday February 5th, 2009 @ 12:24 PM

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I’ve wanted my nape pierced for a while now but I’m worried about it rejecting. My piercer told me that 7 out of 10 nape peircings will reject. Is there any way of knowing whether or not it will reject before I get it done? I don’t really want to pay 60 euro for somnething that will reject straight away :D

7 out of 10! (I love baseless statistics) No, there’s no saying that your piercing will or will not reject.
While there’s always a risk, there are many things you can factor in to greatly reduce the risk of your piercing rejecting over time.

-Find a reputable piercer who has a portfolio to show you of fresh and healed surface piercings they’ve done.
-Ensure the placement of your piercing sits in an area that doesn’t run the risk of rubbing or catching on clothing or hair nor sits in an area of high movement.
-Opt for a “shorter” surface bar. I personally find greater success with surface piercings where the barbell isn’t longer than about 3/4″. The shorter the barbell, the less work the piercing has to do to drain
-be pierced with an actual surface bar. NOT a bendy piece of plastic or teflon tubing. I offer implant grade titanium, flat-based surface barbells to my clients.
-Wear flat discs on the barbell to reduce the risk of trauma to the piercing in day-to-day wear.
-Practise gentle but diligent aftercare. Hot compresses and minimal fussing help to promote healing without irritating these initially delicate piercings. Most importantly, be a clean, healthy person~!

With all of these factors in your favor, the likelihood of your piercing rejecting or you experiencing problems with it are greatly reduced.

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | 1 Comment

nape question please read and reply

Friday January 16th, 2009 @ 9:01 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

just got my nape piercing recently and was just wondering if the it is fine or rejecting can you ladies and gentlemen please help me out

please reply back thank you for your time

I wouldn’t know if your nape piercing is rejecting without a) seeing it (even a picture?) b) you describing reasons, if any, you have for wondering if it’s rejecting.

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Nape Problem

Tuesday January 13th, 2009 @ 9:49 AM

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Hi, I have had my nape pierced for about 6 1/2 months but over the last month or so it has developed two large red lumps around the two points, especially on the left side. I was wondering if you know what they are and how to clear them up?!

I have been cleaning the piercing twice a day with a salt water solution and I have been doin salt water baths also. I’m nearly 100% it is not an infection as my piercing hasn’t feel this good, it is not sore, uncomfortable or itchy.

I hope someone can help me because I love it! Don’t want to get rid of it!



From the picture, I’d say your piercing was on its way out. Alot of the rise on the bar is visible which means that it is becoming shallower. I would seriously consider retiring it at this stage so’s to avoid too much scarring and then have it pierced again at a later date. If you allow it to heal at this point, there is no reason why the scar tissue would limit future placement.

I’m sorry. I know that’s not the answer you wanted to hear.

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Survival Rate of Potential Cleavage Piercing

Tuesday December 9th, 2008 @ 2:48 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

Hey guys,

I’m not new to piercing, but I could really use your input on this. I’m thinking about reviving a personal favorite of mine while I’m home for the holidays - the sternum piercing. (I’ve had one for nearly four years before I had to retire it due to a bad case of the body hives . . . gross.)

There is a little scarring in the area, but not too much - but that’s not what I’m worried about. Since removing my piercing, I’ve been living a much more active lifestyle; running, climbing, swimming, yoga, weight-lifting, the whole bit. I’m prepared to compromise parts of my regimen for the healing process, but I’m wondering what the experts say about long-term wear and tear on my piercing. Would I have to give up lifting (specifically my chest)? What would you recommend for jewelry - titanium or something a little more flexible? Is there the possibility that the scar tissue might become inflamed, or will it help to “anchor in” the piercing, so to speak?

Thanks for considering my query. Keep on rocking the subculture!

<3 Colie

Lifestyle does have a big impact on the success of surface work. It can be temperamental at the best of times but add a dose of active to the mix and chances are your piercing won’t stick around for too long. Climbing and surface work is not a happy combination and the yoga and bench presses won’t help. I’d say pick something more likely to heal with ease.

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Sternum microdermals and scar tissue?

Saturday November 15th, 2008 @ 3:00 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual


I’ve been wondering this for some time, and held off on getting my microdermals just for precautionary measures.

I used to have my sternum pierced with a bar, and it began to reject so I took it out.

I have two scars on my chest obviously, but if I got microdermals put in where those scars are, would it have any more of a chance to reject, would it hurt more, or is it even reccomended?

Thanks in advance.


At this point, the prevailing experience seems to be that if you can avoid putting microdermals in spots where there is scar tissue, that is typically best. Some people experience no problems having microdermals where scar tissu is, but many people find that they have a prolonged healing time and/or seem more likely to reject.

My advice would be to put them slightly away from the scar tissue if it will still allow you to achieve what you are going for aesthetically. Obviously, consulting with a piercer who has experience with microdermals is also important.

If you absolutely must do them in the same spot, it may be worth investing some time and money into a scar-reduction product such Mederma (there are several others).

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Posted by Derek Lowe | Permalink | 2 Comments

Cleavage Surface Piercing

Tuesday November 11th, 2008 @ 3:01 AM

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I got my cleavage pierced 2 and a half days ago, Iv been looking after it correctly..but I noticed today that the bar can be seem slightly through my skin , just like a slight grey shadow. Its not too red and the entry and exit holes of the bar are okay just a little sore, not inflamed..I was wondering if the piercing is beginning to migrate ?

If after two days you can already see the colour of the metal of the bar under your skin, you should probably see a piercer and have the jewelry removed… By the sounds of it, it’s on it’s way out.

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Sutures as temporary bodymod?

Thursday October 30th, 2008 @ 7:36 PM

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I’ve been considering suturing on an armband, but I’ve never done any piercings before and I can’t find anything like this on BME or other sites, so I’d like some advice. The plan is to shave the area which the armband will cover (although that might not be necessary if I’m only leaving it in a few weeks?), and basically sew the armband to my skin on both edges. I’d tie the sutures loosely to reduce pulling.

Is this a terrible idea? What hazards should I be looking out for?

I guess the idea is only terrible depending on the desired end result.

Suturing a design around your arm to leave in for a few weeks and then remove will leave you with a pretty festering-looking wound as if you got a sliver and left it in your skin.
If the sutures didn’t reject in that short period of time (which is likely) you could still be left with very uneven scarring (which tends to be permanent)

I personally don’t think it’s a brilliant idea to leave something like that in for a long period of time. However, I think it could look nice for a very temporary stay for a few photos and then removed in the same day.

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hip piercing aftercare

Wednesday September 10th, 2008 @ 7:59 AM

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Today I got my hips pierced, at a local, reputable piercing studio. I have previously had surface piercings under the colar bones, which stayed in from late january to early july, when I decided to remove them, as they had become red and inflamed, and I felt that at least one of the piercings was likely to reject completely. I felt the piercings had never healed completely and so continued to clean them daily all the time I had them in.

I spoke to the piercer and the shop attendant about this and explained I had been cleaning my piercings 2/3 (after they became red) times a day using salt water and tea tree oil as the shop directed me to. They suggested that possibly cleaning the piercing too much could cause unnesseccary movement and suggested soaking it twice a day in salt water and otherwise leaving it alone. I haven’t heard advice similar to this before and it is a bit different to the advice given in the aftercare booklet they give out with all piercing.

Also, when I got both my colar bone and hip piercings getting the right side one hurt considerably more than the left. Both times this was done second. I was wondering if this is common, mostly out of curiosity.

I would appriciate any help about the piercing aftercare as I hear conflicting advice, both on the internet and from real life friends with piercings. Thanks =]

Twice-daily seasalt soaks and leaving well alone is the standard aftercare advice I offer as do many of my colleagues.
It is perfectly normal for one side to hurt more than the other and more times than not it is second of the two. I have my own theory on this but as I can’t scientifically back it up I’m keeping well schtum!

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Posted by Tiff Badhairdo | Permalink | 13 Comments

Microdermals & medical emergencies

Thursday September 4th, 2008 @ 9:56 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

Hi there! I had a surface bar on top of my left clavicle (horizontally) for approximately 8 months. It was 14ga, 1″ long, internally threaded titanium. It was done by an experienced piercer and given lots of tender loving care and sea salt soaks, but it just never fully healed and so I removed it about a year and a half ago with intentions of getting it redone with microdermals, which seemed like a more permanent option for the piercing. Recently, I became sick and hospitalized with what turned out to be viral meningitis. I needed a lumbar puncture and a precautionary CAT scan to check for tumors that might be causing the symptoms before the lumbar puncture was performed. They gave me a cup to remove all my jewelry and body jewelry and thinking back if I had gotten the microdermals I would have needed them to be removed with a scalpel. What if I were unconscious and couldn’t inform them of my microdermals, or what if they needed to use defibrillators on me? I don’t know if this would pose any problems in these scenarios. Maybe the types of metal anchor jewelry is made of are neutral in these situations, but the reason I ask this is because I saw a girl on Modblog who had a medical bracelet with information about the locations of her microdermals. Is this a precaution everyone with microdermals should take? Thank you for any insight you an provide and for serving as a tremendous resource for modified people!

All the microdermals I’ve seen are made of titanium. There is a lot of anecdotal, and maybe even clinical, evidence that suggest titanium should be fine in MRI’s. However, very few technicians will let you have an MRI if they knew you have something like a microdermal that isn’t medically-necessary. In the case of CAT scan or X-ray, the microdermal won’t cause any problems, other than possibly being in the way on the X-ray.

Here’s where I think microdermals could pose a problem in a medical emergency: Imagine a nurse or doctor or surgeon can’t figure out what the hell you have in your body and/or how it comes out…and therefore your treatment somehow gets delayed, and that delay causes your condition to worsen. Or causes you to die. Far fetched? Perhaps. And I certainly hope so. But I think those are the sorts of things that we have yet to really find out, because microdermals are still really new.

But, maybe that’s one “good” thing about every freakin’ piercer on the planet “getting their microdermal on”…there are so many of them out there, the problems that are bound to occur should show up a lot faster than if they weren’t that common. Heh.

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