Dermal piercings are those piercings performed on the flat surfaces of the body. They differ from surface piercings because they have only one hole seen on the skin. While a typical piercing has an entry hole and an exit hole, dermal piercings have just one hole that can be seen on the surface of the skin. This produces a very unique visual effect and allows for many creative placements for the jewelry.
About Dermal Piercings
Dermal piercings are gaining more and more popularity. These specialized piercing types are like no others. They have only one hole on the surface of the skin, and only one hole for the jewelry. The other end of the jewelry is neatly placed within the dermal layer of the skin. This is how this type of piercing got its name.
What makes dermal piercings particularly attractive is the visual image they create. A person wearing dermal jewelry has beads forming on top of the skin. The beads can be positioned in many different ways, so there’s enough room for experimentation with this piercing type.
Dermal Piercing Benefits
This unusual piercing type brings numerous benefits, especially compared to surface piercings. Dermal piercings can be positioned on almost any flat surface of the skin, even the ones that are hard to pierce.
Another advantage to dermal piercings is that they are longer lasting than surface piercings. Unlike surface piercings, which are only made through the surface of the skin, dermal piercings use jewelry that is anchored under the skin. It makes these piercings less prone to migration and rejection.
Finally, dermal piercings are great because they allow you to be creative. Typically, a person won’t get only one dermal piercing. Dermal piercings are done in pairs or groups. Depending on the placement, you can create numerous interesting patterns so it’s a great choice for those who wish to be creative.
Most Common Placements
Dermal piercings can be placed on almost any surface of the skin to achieve many different piercing options. However, the most popular placements include:
- Around eyes (all areas)
- On the ear
- On the face (all areas)
- On the fingers
- On the neck
- On the wrist
- On the lower back
The procedure is not particularly complicated but you need to visit an experienced piercer. There are two common methods for performing dermal piercings: with a needle and with a dermal punch.
The needle method resembles any other piercing procedure. The main difference is that during the procedure, the piercer creates an L-shaped pouch on the skin instead of a simple hole. The pouch is made to hold the base and anchor of the piercing. The jewelry base is inserted carefully, typically using forceps. At the end, the jewelry top (a bead or another decoration) is fixed to the base.
The punch method is similar to the needle one, but the main difference is in the way the pouch is made. Here, the tissue is removed to make the pouch for the jewelry base. While this process is said to be less painful, it is also more prone to problems so it’s banned in many places.
Dermal Piercings require their own aftercare, though you will find it’s not so different than with the regular piercing. Keep in mind that a clean dressing is placed over the pierced area for the first several hours, and some people may even use bandages. It all helps with the healing process.
To take care of your dermal piercing, clean it with salt solution or a specialized cleaning product. The easiest way to go is to take a clean paper towel to pat the area around piercing. Use another towel to dry the area after cleaning.
Keep in mind that most dermal piercings take about 3 months to heal, so it’s important to keep this aftercare routine in order to prevent infections and other problems.
Typical jewelry type for dermal piercings is dermal anchor. Dermal anchors are specially designed for this piercing type and they are made in such a way to minimize the risk of migration and rejection.
Dermal anchors are placed under the skin. They typically have holes so the tissue can grow through them. It anchors the jewelry under the skin so it’s less likely to migrate or cause other problems. Of course, in order for this to work safely, a dermal anchor has to be made of a medical-grade material.
The base of the dermal anchor goes under the skin, while the top stays out of the skin. This is where the decoration (such as a bead, or a gem) is attached. This way, only the decoration is seen on the surface of the skin.
Dermal anchors typically use simple yet effective beads. Some beads have a gem on top while others are decorated in bright colors and interesting patterns. While the anchor stays under the skin, you can change the bead to give your dermal piercing a new look.