Today I am going to be answering a commonly asked question about the microdermal piercing; “how do you change microdermal jewelry?”.
As you are probably aware, the microdermal is a highly unusual piercing. Whereas most piercings go in through one part of the skin and out another, the microdermal is ‘anchored’ under the skin through one hole only.
I believe the main reason people are so confused as to how dermal jewelry is changed is because they were told by their piercer that the only way to remove the dermal anchor safely and without too much scarring is through surgery.
Although this is the case, I would also like to remind you that there are two parts to the jewelry that is worn in the dermal piercing – the anchor and the top. It is the anchor which resides underneath your skin permanently and requires surgical removal. The top of the jewelry on the other hand, you can change at home by yourself!
Note: The first time your microdermal jewelry is changed, you should have it done by your piercer. This will make changing it at home easier.
What Will You Need?
Dermal anchors are very tiny and can be quite fiddly to change using just your bare fingers. For this very reason, tools are available for you to buy which will make this task much easier.
Sometimes using your hands can be the most effective way of doing this but it is always helpful to have the right tools nearby. If you have a dermal piercing and plan on changing the top of your jewelry, I would recommend you get your hands on the following equipment:
Sterile pliers: There are two main types of pliers you can get, either one will be fine. The two types are flat nose or needle nose.
These will come in handy when your dermal top is screwed on real tight and you can’t get it undone with your bare hands.
- Anchor holder: Unscrewing the top can prove very tricky and uncomfortable if the anchor is wiggling about. Luckily you can get a tool specifically designed to hold your anchor still whilst you unscrew the top.
- Forceps: You will probably find that you don’t really need these but they may come in handy if you dermal top is 3mm or smaller and very hard to grip. I have always been able to change by tops without these personally, but everyone is different obviously!
Rubber gloves: If you plan on using your hands to remove your microdermal top, you will probably find it a lot easier if you wear rubber gloves. This will give your fingers more grip and make it much easier to unscrew your jewelry.
- Saline solution or other cleansing product: Always keep your piercings and jewelry clean!
Check out some of the tools on the right. Any one of these would help in a big way! Click any one of the images to read more about the item and purchase over at Amazon.
What I would suggest you do is have a try at removing your jewelry without any tools (except maybe the rubber gloves). If you really don’t think you can do it, that is a sign that you may need to acquire some of the above mentioned tools. I would recommend you get the pliers and anchor holders.
How to Actually Change the Jewelry
Now let’s get into the actual process of changing your jewelry. This is most likely the reason you are here, I would imagine!
Note: Before you touch your piercing or jewelry, wash your hands thoroughly. You may also want to cleanse your piercing to remove any dead skin cells or crust which may be building up.
Unscrewing your current dermal top:
- Use either your fingers or your pliers to get a firm grip on the top of your jewelry.
- To unscrew it you should turn to the left. Remember: Lefty loosey, righty tighty!
- If it will not budge, do not force it. Leave it for a while, put a damp cloth on it and come back to it in a while.
- Try using your pliers or forceps if you can’t get it undone using your fingers. You will be able to feel when it is coming loose.
- If the anchor base is moving about a you are trying to unscrew the top, use anchor holders to keep it still.
- If you really can’t unscrew it yourself, ask a friend to try. I your friend cannot do it, go to your piercer!
Top tip: Try not to use a mirror if possible, as the fact that your reflection is in reverse can really make things very confusing!
Also, I would suggest that when you do get your jewelry top out, you should cleanse it thoroughly using a saline solution or other cleansing product. You could even boil it (only on metal jewelry such as steel, titanium, silver or gold). Make sure you store your jewelry away safely in a box or something so you do not lose it!
Screwing in Your New Dermal Top:
- Use a mirror just to help you line up the top of the jewelry with the hole you will be screwing it into.
- This time you will need to turn the jewelry to the right to tighten it (righty tighty, remember?). You may want to look away or close your eyes to get a feel for whether it is screwing in properly or not.
- If you are screwing and suddenly cannot go any further, whatever you do, you should not force it. Instead you should unscrew it and start again, the thread probably just got misaligned.
- If you really cannot get the jewelry to screw in, this could mean that the threads are a bit damaged or just do not align properly to start with due to the way they wee manufactured. In this situation you may want to get a friend to help. If you have a spare top you can put on in the mean time, do this.
Top Tip: Always keep a spare piece of jewelry of the correct gauge size in case you cannot get your new top to screw in at all.
I hope you manage to screw in your dermal top without any of the issues I covered in the above instructions. If you have any other issues, please don’t hesitate to pop me a comment below. I will get back to you as quick as I can (within 24 hours).
Hopefully I did not overcomplicate these instructions too much. I just wanted to be sure that I went over some of the main problems you may come across whilst trying to change microdermal jewelry!
Long story short, if you can’t unscrew it with your fingers, use your pliers or forceps. If that does not work, get a friend to try. If your friend still fails to succeed at unscrewing your jewelry, go back to your piercer. The moral of the post being to never force it as you may irritate or damage your skin!
Like I said before, If you have any issues not mentioned in the post, don’t be shy, just ask away in the comments section and I will be back to you at some point within the next 24 hours. I love hearing from you guys!
Thanks for reading. See ya’s soon!
Hannah – founder of Pro Piercing Kits.