What Is Dermal & Microdermal Piercing?

Learn everything you need to know about dermal piercing and microdermal piercing from professional body piercer Dana Dunn in this Howcast video.

Transcript

My name's Dana Dunn. I've been working in the piercing business going on 6 years now. I do typically about 3,000 to 4,000 a year. I work at Pins and Needles Tattoo. We have a website pinsandneedlesportland.com. Piercing is my life and I'm going to talk to you about body piercing. Dermal piercings and microdermal piercings are new, really, really big things in the piercing industry. It's really taken off in the past year. Guys, actually it's completely different than a regular piercing. It's actually considered an implant. There are 2 ways to do microdermals; you can either do with a needle or you could do, what's called a dermal punch, which is basically a rounded-off needle that's sharp on all the edges. And the skin is pinched up and the needle or the dermal, the dermal punch is inserted into the skin. A smaller fragment of skin is taken out and the dermal anchor itself is inserted under the skin and twisted to lock in. And the way the base of the anchor is, it has holes at the bottom of it. Your skin is through the holes and locks it down in place. The big thing with these are, the healing time is really, really quick; they don't really turn red, they really don't swell up too much and they can be put pretty much anywhere on the body that consists of a flat surface; the cheeks, you can put them on your collar-bone, you can put them on your hips. Your chance of rejection on a dermal is very, very unlikely. That's why a lot of people are getting these instead of the surface piercings because they do tend to stay in a lot longer but also removal of a dermal anchor isn't the easiest process. You can massage it out, which consists of working the dermal so that it comes through the skin or in some cases depending on how long you have them in, they need to be surgically removed, which consists of an incision in the back of The tops bit aloud that people like, they can be changed. They have everything from jewels, you know- plain medals, the danglers. So if you're having it on your sternum, you can actually have a look at some sort of a necklace. They have all different sizes and everything and they're just coming with up more and more things every day, when it comes to these dermal anchors because again, this is the new big thing for the piercing industry.Words that seemed unclear have been marked as.

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