Dermal Piercing: Is It Worth It Or Not?

“It’s actually a single point piercing that is anchored to hold tight to the surface of the skin with a beautiful gemstone or flat piece of jewelry on top,” says Jesse Darling

Dermal piercing is known as one of the stylish yet most difficult piercings. The minor age to get dermal piercing is 14 and above. Single point and micro-dermal are other names used for dermal piercing. As it doesn’t have an entry or exit point. It’s the opposite of traditional piercing.

Let’s discuss all dermal piercing. 

What is Dermal Piercing?

Dermal piercing lies on the flat surface of your body, and it is done by a dermal anchor which is put underneath the skin. Dermal piercing gives the appearance of small beads on the skin. It is almost very popular nowadays as it can be done on any flat surface of your body.

Dermal piercing can be painful, for those who are sensitive. The condition is typically seen in people who have multiple piercings on the ear, nose, or cheeks. The pain usually goes away on its own with time but it can also be relieved using ice and pressure.

Dermal piercing is just like pressure, everyone is different so the pain level may differ from one another.

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Dermal piercing pain can be treated with topical anesthetic ointment to numb the skin before piercing and allow for longer healing times.

Process of Dermal Piercing

If you are new and want to know about how dermal piercing is done then let’s read;

  1. Firstly the dermal punch(which is a round-of needle that is sharp on all edges) or a needle is used to remove the little part of your flesh, which makes a small hole in your skin.
  2.  Then the round shaped dermal anchor is inserted inside the skin and twisted to lock in.
  3.  Then finally in the end the jewellery is fixed on to the anchor.
  4. The really good thing is that the healing time is very quick and it doesn’t get red and they don’t swell too much, If proper care is taken.
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Where Can You Get Your Dermal Piercing?

Dermal piercing can be done anywhere on the body but the area of the skin should be a flat surface. Some of them are mentioned below are safe for dermal piercings:

  1. Cheeks
  2. Collar bone
  3. Thighs
  4. Chest
  5. Abdomen
  6. Hips
  7. Under the eye

Remember, there are no off-limits for this piercing, but the area should be thick enough to hold the dermal anchor inside.

Dermal Piercing example on cheeks.
Dermal Piercing example on cheeks.

Jewellery That Can Be Used for Dermal Piercing

Dermal piercings fall under two categories

  • Surface piercing 
  • Internal piercing.

 Surface piercings are skin to skin contact, whereas internal piercings go deeper into the body. Dermal piercings are often used as jewelry pieces and can be made from different materials like steel, niobium, and titanium. Use of titanium and niobium is better than stainless steel.

  • Titanium is the best and safest jewellery to be used for those who have sensitive skin. Advantage of using titanium is that it will not cause irritation. 
  • Stainless Steel is the most common jewellery used for the body. Use of steel is safe but it can give you irritation if you have sensitive skin.
  • Niobium is just like titanium. But it is not commonly used.

The price range of Dermal piercing is between $70 to $100 depending on the jewelry used in piercing.


4 Common Side Effects of Dermal Piercing

1. Infection

It’s very common, if the piercing is not given proper care, it can get infected. 

Symptoms of the infection can be pain, a pierced area can become a little hot when you touch, pus(yellow or green) can be seen on the surface, swelling or a bad smell coming out from piercing.

It’s not just the wound that shows the symptoms, your jewelry can also move from the place, or it can get separated from the anchor.

If any of you face these symptoms after piercing, you should immediately see the doctor, before the wound gets worse.

2. Damage of tissue

If you haven’t seen the doctor after the infection, there can be a risk that it can get worse.

Tissue damage is the most critical condition that can happen after infection. This can happen when the piercing is not installed properly, or the dermal anchor is moved from inside.

3. Scars

Scars can happen when you move or try to play with the jewelry during the healing process. If you want the healing process to go smoothly you should follow all the precautions. By this the recovery of the piercing will not take a long time. 

4. Hypergranulation

One of the possible symptoms is hyper granulation. It is the red bump that can be seen around the piercing. It is when the pressure is too much on the site or the jewelry is very tight. 

Sometimes the anchor is also very tight. If you face any tightness inside the skin then you should immediately visit the piercer and ask him to lose it. Don’t try to lose it yourself.

If the piercing is done where you wear tight clothes just like chest or belt area, then try to wear loose clothes just to avoid hyper granulation.

After Care of Dermal Piercing

The recovery of your new piercing depends upon the care you do. Every piercing is different so their caring method is also different.

The Aftercare of Dermal piercing can be done by:

  1. In the start, you should keep the pierced area covered with the bandage to protect it with any accidental touch. 
  2. The dressing must be changed within 48 hours of piercing. 
  3. Once the piercing is uncovered, it’s important to clean it twice a day.
  4. Your hands should be cleaned with antibacterial liquid before touching it.
  5. Dermal piercing should be clean regularly with alcohol swabs.
  6. Use a paper towel to clean.
  7. Slowly, clean any scab that is formed over the piercing.
  8. Apply any medicated ointment for a quick recovery.  

We recently did a detailed guide on piercing aftercare so do check it out.

How Much Time Dermal Piercing Take to Heal?

The healing time is one to three months. but it may take a long time depending on the area where the piercing is done, but during this period you should protect the piercing from being pulled or moved around.

The piercing may get into the clothes while cleaning so you should take proper care while cleaning. Dry wipes can also be used to clean the piercing.

Bottom line

Dermal piercings are often seen after other body modifications like tattoos and tongue studs. It’s very important to get pierced by a certified professional to keep yourself safe from any side effects.

Now you know what dermal piercing is, what are the side effects of dermal piercing and the precautions you should take care of while healing. By taking care of all these steps you can have a dermal piercing.

Remember, choosing jewelry is also the most important part.

Dermal piercing can not be done for a long time, the estimated time for it is 5 years.  

Getting dermal piercing may be easy but the removal of it is not an easy task.