Dermal punch is a special tool designed to make a hole in the tissue. It is used in medicine, for performing biopsies, where tissue is taken for the analysis. Dermal punches are also used for body modification since they can create larger holes than a standard needle.
This way, it’s possible to make a large gauge piercing straight away, so stretching isn’t needed.
How it’s Used
A dermal punch has a sharp, round blade resembling a mini cookie cutter. It is made to pierce the tissue in a circle so a round hole is created during procedure. The process is known to be more painful than regular piercing procedure performed with needles, and it also carries some added risks of infections.
However, it offers certain advantages so it’s used in situations when a client wants and instant large-gauge piercing, especially on body parts that are not known to stretch well.
While dermal punches are more invasive than needles, it’s important to note that smaller punches are healed just like any other piercing. It means that the piercer will insert initial jewelry in your new piercing after the procedure is over and you’re good to go.
However, dermal punches larger than 6 gauge have to be healed in a special way. With these dermal punches, it’s important to remove initial jewelry after a few days to encourage faster healing. At the same time, it’s important to pay attention because piercings without jewelry tend to shrink, so it’s important to let it heal on it’s own but still remain open at the gauge you prefer.
Some of the most popular piercings using dermal punches are earlobe piercings and cartilage piercings. Also, some nose piercings are done using a dermal punch, especially if a client wants a large gauge nose piercing. Dermal punches are also used for some punch and taper surface piercings.
It’s important to note that while dermal punches create large gauge holes, they also limit the tissue’s ability to stretch further (using conventional piercing stretching methods). That’s why dermal punches are not typically used for piercings other than those listed above.
Dermal Punch for Cartilage Piercing
Dermal punches are very popular for cartilage piercings, since cartilage is difficult or impossible to stretch. Doing a piercing with a dermal punch ensures a large gauge cartilage piercing right from the start. This is a good choice if you wish to have a 6 gauge and even larger initial cartilage piercing.
Also, dermal punches are useful for cartilage piercings because they reduce the pressure that a new piercing puts on the tissue. This pressure often leads to scar tissue and other problems in cartilage piercings, so using a dermal punch is a way to minimize this issue.
When performing a procedure using a dermal punch, it’s important to keep the area well-lit in order to notice all of the important blood vessels under the skin. This is particularly important for cartilage piercings. Since ear cartilage is thin it’s possible to see the vessels relatively easily. Using a source of light will help the piercer decide on the best placement and the least invasive spot to perform the procedure.