Dermal Piercing – Pictures, Procedure, Infection, Healing and Aftercare

So you have decided to go for body piercing and make a statement. Dermal Piercing is permanent and before you get your body perforated, it is advisable that you know about how it is done and the risks involved. Read on to know all about Dermal Piercing. Proper Dermal Piercing information is necessary before you try this experience.

Dermal Piercing Definition

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Picture 1 – Dermal Piercing
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Dermal Piercing, also known as Microdermal Piercing, is a kind of body piercing. It is a permanent method that involves making a perforation in the sub-dermal skin layer of the body. Such perforations can be made on almost all surfaces of the skin and can be removed only with the aid of a medical professional. This is why this is considered to be a permanent method.

Dermal Piercing Locations

The term Dermal comes from the Latin word ‘Dermis’ which refers to the deep vascular inner layer of the skin. Dermis is the skin layer located between the epidermis and the subcutaneous tissues. It is found in nearly all parts of the human body. Naturally, the location of a Dermal Piercing can be almost anywhere.

Ears, nose, navel and hips are the common locations for Dermal Piercing. Some people also perforate their genitals, nipples, eyebrows, lips and tongue.

Dermal Piercing Lower Back

Dermal Perforation is generally carried out on the lower back a little above the buttocks. If you are going for a piercing in this area, make sure that you sleep on soft surfaces. Sleeping on hard surfaces such as concrete floors, wooden boards or even tough mattresses can put pressure on the just pierced area. It can result in pain, inflammation and Dermal Piercing rejection. After Dermal Piercing back should be properly looked after.

Dermal Piercing Neck

It is common to have Dermal Piercing on neck, especially on the nape or back of the cervix. After a Dermal Piercing nape looks red in appearance. There can also be minor swelling which is a natural consequence of a skin trauma.

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Picture 2 – Neck Dermal Piercing
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Some people also go for perforation between the collarbones. Following a Dermal Piercing collarbone becomes red and somewhat swollen. It is important to keep the pierced area protected while wearing upper garments and performing sports.

Dermal Piercing Eye

Many people love to get a Dermal Piercing near eye. Dermal Piercing under eye is also very popular. But the process can be quite painful. Unless carried out by expert hands, Dermal Piercing by eye can be quite discomforting. It can even give rise to infections.

Dermal Piercing Ear

Dermal Piercing behind the ear is also a common practice. Following perforation, the pierced area has to be kept under extreme care for 1-2 months. Most people have problems while drying their head with towel after coming out of shower.

Dermal Piercing Wrist

Dermal Piercing on wrist is highly popular among young boys and girls, though not much advisable. This is because the wrist is actively involved in performing various functions like eating, writing and other important activities. After perforation, there is soreness and swelling in the pierced region of wrist for 1-2 days. Redness is also common.

Dermal Piercing Face

Dermal Piercing on face is usually done on lips, tongue, under the eyes, eyebrows and ears. Unless done carefully, it can ruin the facial appearance of a person.

Dermal Piercing Chest

Dermal Piercing on chest is easy though it requires some aftercare. Many people injure the area while rubbing the chest dry with a towel after perforation.

Dermal Piercing Finger

Some people also go for perforation in one or more fingers of the hand.

Dermal Piercing Procedure

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Picture 3 – Dermal Anchor Piercing
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Dermal Piercing is a simple process which needs a lot of care and precision. The method starts with cleaning the part of the skin where you want to make a piercing. An alcohol based cleansing agent is used to free the region from impurities.

If needed, the area to be perforated is shaved to make it free from hair. This is true in case of areas like chest and wrist.

The region to be perforated is marked with a surgical pen. Two spots are marked to indicate the points of entry and exit of the needle.

The fourth step involves ‘boring’ or making a hole on the skin surface. A surgical needle is sterilized, usually with 70% alcohol. It is inserted through one of the markings and taken out of the other. The hole is made into the skin layer which reaches down to the muscle layer.

The foot of the jewellery or ‘dermal anchor’ is inserted into this perforation. When the tissue heals, the foot of the Dermal Piercing anchor is firmly held in place. After Dermal Piercing removal of jewelry is not possible unless surgical means are adopted.

Dermal Piercing Aftercare

After Dermal Piercing care is needed to protect the perforated region. The area needs to be cleaned on a daily basis to prevent infection and other health complications.

Add ½ tsp salt into a glass of water. Moisten a cotton ball with this solution and use it to gently wash the pierced area. Throw the cotton pad away and use a fresh one. Do this for 4-5 minutes and allow it to air-dry. The cleaning should preferably be done twice daily. Salt water cleans a just injured area and prevents any cases of infection.

Make sure that you always wash your hands properly before touching the region. Dirt and germ can cause irritation and give rise to infection in the area.

It is also important to use a mild soap while bathing. A strong soap can be irritating to the just injured skin region.

You should also follow a healthy diet to aid the healing process. Make sure that all essential ingredients are supplied to your body. This will boost your immune system and keep you away from health complications.

Does Dermal Piercing Hurt?

Dermal Piercing can be painful as the process involves making a deep hole onto the skin surface. Any kind of skin trauma without anesthesia can result in pain. Dermal Piercing pain depends on your threshold for pain. You should go for this body art only if you can bear pain. Pain also persists for about 1-2 weeks after perforation. This is exactly the reason why it is often called a ‘painful pleasure’.

Dermal Piercing Infection

Following a Dermal Piercing session a piercee may get an infection due to various reasons. Touching the just perforated area with unclean hands may pass on the germ to the region and result in a bacterial infection. An unsterilized needle can also be a cause of infection in the area.

In case of an infection, the pierced area gets inflamed. The surrounding region may become very sensitive. A pus filled abscess can arise in the area. The area can also become red. Infection is one of the greatest Dermal Piercing risks.

Dermal Piercing Healing

After Dermal Piercing, the perforated area may heal in a few weeks. In some people, it may take a longer period of recovery. In normal cases not involving infection, tissue healing can occur within a month or two.

Dermal Piercing Scars

Following a surgical removal of Dermal Piercing jewelry, there may be scarring in the area. The wound however, heals properly. If you are not content with your Dermal Piercing jewellery and want to remove it after a time period, be prepared to carry a scar.

Dermal Piercing Video

Take a look at this video to know how the piercing is done.

Dermal Piercing Pictures

Want to know how an area with Dermal Piercing looks like? Check out these Dermal Piercing diagrams and get an idea.

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Image 4 – Dermal Piercing Photo
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Photo 5 – Dermal Piercing
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Lots of people try Dermal Piercing at home but lack of experience can be harmful for your health. In case of a Dermal Piercing gone wrong you can suffer from an infection. So if you are going for a Dermal Piercing experience, it is better to go for the services of a professional studio. A proper perforation can save you from a lot of pain and health complications.


Published on February 19th 2011 by  under Body Piercing.
Article was last reviewed on 31st August 2012.

51 responses to “Dermal Piercing – Pictures, Procedure, Infection, Healing and Aftercare”

  1. Alex says:

    I had my third-eye dermal done 4 days ago & I love it. As advised I clean it twice a day with a saline solution. I spend a fair bit of time at the gym & that hasn’t been impacted on at all. People have commented & most agree (at least to my face) that it suits me. It didn’t hurt much (to be totally disgusting I would equate the feeling with trying to pop a blind pimple) & the swelling went down within hours. Best thing you can do if you’re considering one is to go to a very experienced piercing studio & ask lots of questions. It also helps if you’re healthy & look after yourself. Things can go wrong no matter how well prepared you are but if you’re well healthy & committed to looking after it there is a good chance it will work out.

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