Microdermal Hip Piercing Information: Everything You Need to Know

Microdermal Hip Piercing Information

The microdermal hip piercing is unique, elegant and quirky.

This piercing is awesome to show off yet easy to hide.

The piercing is placed right wear the hipbones are. Complimenting the natural curves of your figure.

As gorgeous as this piercing is, I wouldn’t recommend jumping in and getting it done without thinking about what you’re doing.

Do your research. Find out more about the piercing so you know what you’re getting yourself into. There are things you need to know.

Here you will find all the information you will need:

Dermal VS Surface Hip Piercing

There are two types of hip piercing.

The microdermal and the surface piercing.

The Hip Dermal is a single point piercing. Meaning that the jewelry is anchored into the surface of the skin through one hole only. A single ball or gem is seen above the skin.

One of the benefits of the dermal is the fact that you can place multiple piercings in close proximity. You can even have an odd number if you wish. I see many people get 3 dermals on each hip. What a gorgeous look.

The other form of hip piercing is a surface piercing. A standard double point piercing. Meaning that the jewelry goes in through one point of the skin surface and out through another. Two balls or gems will be seen on the outside on the skin.

Types of Jewelry


Dermal Hip PiercingsA dermal anchor is inserted underneath the skin, through the incision made by the piercer. The anchor is shaped like a foot.

Having holes in the anchor makes the jewelry more secure. Thus lowering rejection rates. The anchor is permanent. You should NOT attempt to remove it without the help of your piercer or a medical professional.

A gem or other decorative head is screwed into the protruding part of the anchor. This part of the jewelry is interchangeable. There are many designs available.

Surface Piercing

Hip Surface PiercingA surface bar is usually worn in the hip surface piercing. Wearing the correct type of barbell in your piercing is crucial. Otherwise your piercing is at greater risk of rejection.

You should pick a flat surface bar with an upright post on both ends. The tops screw into the upright legs. These are the only parts of the jewelry seen above the skin. Balls, gems and disks are commonly worn as tops on surface piercings.

How to Look After Your Hip Piercing

To help your hip piercing heal up smoothly, you need to look after it well. This includes cleansing twice daily using a piercing cleansing solution.

My top recommendation is the EasyPiercing Care Kit. With this kit you get three different piercing cleansing solutions. Each with its own unique benefits.

If you can’t get hold of a piercing solution, your next option is to throw together some saline solution.

All you need to do is stir a quarter of a tea spoon of rock salt into a cup of luke warm water.

Soak a cotton pad in the solution and hold on your piercing for 5 minutes.

Alternatively, use the cup to form a suction seal on your skin. Hold for five minutes. Don’t it spill. You must keep the suction. Otherwise water will go everywhere.

Hip Piercing Other Care Tips:

  • Don’t use alcohol to cleanse your piercing or jewelry.
  • Wear loose fitted clothing. Your waist bands should be low enough to not rub on your new piercing.
  • Avoid saunas and swimming pools.
  • Don’t touch your piercing with dirty hands. Wash your hands thoroughly with anti-bacterial soap before you cleanse your piercing.
  • Do not change your jewelry for at least a month after getting your piercing done. Although ideally you should wait longer than this. You don’t want your piercing closing up before it’s had a chance to heal.

How Long Will it Take to Heal?

Piercings in the hip area take approximately three months to heal completely. Give or take a few weeks. This varies drastically from one person to the next.

Talk to your piercer about healing times.

Infection or Rejection?

During the healing period, keep a close eye on your piercing. If you look after it well, there should be no problems. Although you still need to be vigilant. Surface and dermal piercings are prone to rejection and infection.

Symptoms to watch out for:

  • Redness, soreness.
  • Excess bleeding.
  • Foul smelling or off colour puss.
  • Jewelry sitting differently. More loose than it used to be (rejection).

Preventing Such Issues

Luckily these problems are preventable.

For a start, wear titanium jewelry: It is less irritating to skin than steel, which contains trace amounts of nickel. Many people are sensitive to nickel, so can’t wear steel jewelry without their piercing playing up.

Larger gauge sizes are less likely to reject: I know this sounds bizarre. Smaller gauged jewelry is much thinner. This can cause a ‘cheese cutting’ effect. Cutting through the skin like a piece of string through cheese.

Wear the correct style of jewelry: In a surface hip piercing, wear a flat bar with upright legs on each end. In a dermal, go for an anchor with holes in it. Your skin will grow through these holes, making your piercing more secure!


Put the effort into looking after your hip piercing. This will prevent any problems from arising during the healing process. Your piercing will thank you later.

Hip piercings take 3 months to heal up. I know, it sounds like a long time.

Be patient. Time will pass quicker than you think!

Trust me, it is worth the wait for such a beautiful and feminine embellishment on your hips.

Having this piercing will give you a reason to rock belly tops. Especially when the sun is shining.

The hip piercing is so easy to hide that you won’t have to worry what your boss or parents think. Perfect for piercing lovers who’s boss does not share their passion.

Would you get a hip piercing done?

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6 Comments on Microdermal Hip Piercing Information: Everything You Need to Know

  1. Hannah,

    Found your article on hip piercing and it cleared up a question I had about one of our neighbors we met recently. She did not have her hips pierced, but has a single piercing off center on her chest about 4 inches below her clavicle.

    For me (one of the un-pierced) I couldn’t quite figure out what was going on there, how it was staying there, etc.

    This post helped, Question: since these are permanent, how many years overall do people keep them in on average before having to take them out due to just something simple like the aging process?

    Thanks, Eric

    • Hey Eric.

      Many people get confused over how dermal piercings work. Understandably.

      Dermal piercings are technically permanent. Although even the slightest bump can cause them to reject after a few weeks. Some people do keep them for years though. It varies a lot.

      Hope this answers your question.


  2. Oh my goodness! I absolutely love this!!!!! The hip dermal is so beautiful. I really want one now. I’ve always liked those kind of piercings, but I’ve mostly seen them on peoples chests, or by their collar bones. I really love the idea of having them on my hips though. I was wondering, during the 3 month healing process, will I have to clean it multiple times everyday for the 3 months? I was also wondering, would this be a piercing I should get during the winter months? During the summer I’m always outside and at the beach, would the sun affect the healing process? I have no problem staying out of the water, I just wonder if I would be better off waiting till winter came back around… My biggest concern, how bad does getting a dermal piercing hurt? Can you have tho option to numb the area first? It seems like a painful process..

    • Hey Amanda.

      This is a beautiful piercing.

      A hip piercing needs to be cleansed twice or three times a day for the healing period. You might be able to cut down to once a day after a couple of months though. That’s if you feel that you are healed up. After three months you can stop cleansing.

      As long as you stay out of the water and do not get sand in the piercing, the weather should not be an issue. If you are sweating a but you should cleanse a more often though. One good thing about getting this piercing in the summer is the fact that clothes are loose and do not rub on the piercing.

      You will feel some pain when you get the piercing. Although it is not as bad as you would think. Some piercing studios offer anaesthetic. Tht depends on where you get pierced. Do your research and seek out a studio which uses anaesthetic.

      Hope this helps. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask.


  3. Hi there thanks for your very informative post. I have to say that I have never before heard of hip piercing before. I do have a few question though.
    Are the dermal piercings permanent? Can they ever be removed? Do they cause any lasting internal damage?
    Also if you were to gain weight or become pregant would they have to be removed?
    Thanks for your time.

    • Hey there Paula.

      The hip piercing is not that common at all. That’s part of the reason I love it so much though – it’s so unique.

      Dermal piercings are technically permanent. That’s if everything goes right during the healing period. There is a chance of the piercing rejecting though. This of course is the main reason that someone would lose the piercing. Dermal piercings do not cause any long term or internal damage.

      The piercing should not causse any issues with ageing, weight gain or pregnancy.

      Hope this answers your question.


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