Microdermal Piercing Aftercare Instructions – Caring for Your Dermal Piercing

Microdermal Piercing Aftercare

Microdermal piercings, also known as dermal implants differ from other piercings.

A microdermal piercing is done by perforting the skin and anchoring the jewelry underneath it, as opposed to each side of the jewelry entering and emerging from different points in the skin, like other piercings.

dermal anchorsThe jewelry is made up of two parts: the anchor, which is placed underneath the skin and holds the piercing in place and the top, which is the part that is seen on the outside of the skin.

Microdermal piercings can be placed on any part of the body. Some of the most common places are the hips, the nose, the chin and the neck.

For those of you who have a microdermal piercing or want one, I have made these microdermal piercing aftercare instructions.

If you want to keep your dermal piercing looking awesome, you should take special care in following this guide.

Microdermal piercing aftercare

microdermal piercing aftercareLike with any piercing, microdermals need to be kept extremely clean whilst they are healing.

Failing to do so will cause all sorts of problems, such as inflammation and soreness, or a nasty infection. Your body may even reject the piercing and attempt to push it out of the skin, as if it was a splinter.

In order to decrease the chance of these things happening to your piercing you should follow a strict aftercare routine.

You should cleanse your piercing twice a day until it is completely healed. The average healing time is 2 to 6 months.

Always wash your hands first!

Here are some methods for cleansing your dermal implant:

Aftercare solutions

One of the best ways of keeping your dermal piercing nice and clean would be to use an aftercare solution you purchase either from your piercer or online.

EasyPiercing Care KitI would recommend the EasyPiercing Care Kit. You can read my review of this product, instructions on how to use it and details on how to purchase it by clicking here.

If you do purchase the EasyPiercing Care Kit, you should use the Saline Solution (blue bottle) and Soft Cleansing Gel (green bottle) on dermal piercings. Only use one of these products in each cleansing session. If your piercing gets infected you will need the Anti-bacterial Solution (orange bottle) and the sterile swabs.

Piercing care products are effective, easy to use and gentle on the skin.

Each product is slightly differently so look up the instructions for your specific product if you are not sure how to use it.

Usually you will need to just apply a small amount to the pierced area, rinse it with warm water then dry it thoroughly.

Saline solution

Saline SolutionA convenient but effective method of keeping your piercings clean and preventing infection.

What you will need:

  • Warm distilled water.
  • Sea salt  or rock salt. If you do not have sea salt or rock salt, just use table salt.
  • A cotton pad (do not use cotton wool), disposable cloth or paper towel.

How to clean your piercing using saline solution:

  1. Dissolve half a teaspoon of sea salt into a glass of warm water. If you do not have sea salt then use a teaspoon of table salt.
  2. Dip a cotton pad in the saline solution and use it to wash your piercing.
  3. Chuck away the cotton ball and repeat the process with a new one. Allow the saline solution to soak the piercing.
  4. Do this for about 5 minutes to make sure the piercing is totally clean.
  5. Allow the piercing to air dry.

Aftercare Tips

Microdermal piercing aftercareMicrodermal piercings should be very well looked after.

On top of cleansing your piercing twice daily, you should be taking other steps to help it heal properly and prevent problems from arising.

Dermal piercings really do need to be babied!

Here are some tips and tricks to help you take special care of your new piercing:

Keep your hands off

It goes without saying that you shouldn’t be touching, picking or poking your piercing whilst it is  trying to heal.

The only time your hands should make contact with it is when you are cleansing. When you do need to touch it, always wash your hands or wear sterile gloves! Dirt will only end up irritating the piercing and could slow the healing or even go on to cause an infection.

Wear loose fitted clothing

microdermal piercing aftercareIf your piercing is somewhere below your neck, such as your hip, chest or back, you should wear clothing that will not rub or catch on your jewelry.

If your piercing is on your hip, make sure your waist band on your jeans or pants is well out of the way of your piercing.

Maybe avoid wearing jeans altogether, in favour of less restrictive clothing.

Avoid plasters

Plasters/band-aids are no good for use on piercings as they are not breathable.

If you have to cover up your piercing for any reason, use a stick on eye patch. These are perfect for healing piercings as they are sterile and still allow the wound to breath.

I would suggest you buy yourself some stick on eye patches. You will find some in your local pharmacy or you can purchase online. You never know when you may need them if you have a new piercing!

Signs of infection

As with all other types of piercing, infection is a risk.

If you suspect that your dermal piercing may be infected, check if you have the following symptoms then contact your piercer or a practitioner.

Note: During the healing process, some redness, pain and swelling of the pierced area is normal. If the symptoms persist or worsen you should seek help.

Symptoms of infection:

  • Redness and swelling around the piercing
  • Severe pain or burning sensation
  • Foul smelling or off-white pus (yellow, green or grey pus = infected)
  • Excess bleeding
  • Area feels hot compared to the skin nearby

If you have any off these symptoms, do not hesitate to get in touch with your piercer or doctor!

Infections can spread and have the potential to make you really sick. They can even be fatal if left unattended.

To conclude

I know the aftercare routine sounds like a nightmare, but honestly, keep the piercing clean and you should not have any problems.

Trust me, it’ll be worth it! Dermal piercings are the most unique and creative form of piercing you can have done.

They can look beautiful on absolutely any body part.

Once your all healed up you will be able to customize your new piercing with an awesome selection of dermal top jewelry!

I hope you found these microdermal piercing aftercare instructions helpful.

If you have any questions or comments or any of your own aftercare tips, leave a comment below. I love to hear from my readers!

6 Comments on Microdermal Piercing Aftercare Instructions – Caring for Your Dermal Piercing

  1. hi Hannah
    another very neat post (pun intended!) on how to clean piercings. I have to say that I had not given much thought about dermal piercings before reading this post. But now I am extremely curious on how the jewelry is anchored under the skin! How does that work? Nonetheless, I agree that the aftercare is super important. I can only imagine what it would look and feel like if infected. The pain!

    • Hey Emily.

      Have a look at the first pic below the featured image at the top of the post. The one with the 6 pieces of jewelry in it.

      You’ll see the two parts of the jewelry: The anchor which gets inserted under the skin through a hole made with a dermal punch. The gem which screws into the anchor and the top which can be changed and is the part you see. The anchor has holes in it to allow skin to grow through them whilst healing, making it more secured.

      Dermal infections can be pretty grim from what I’ve seen. I’ve never had an infection on mine and hope to never find out what it would feel like. Ouch!

      Thanks for reading!

  2. Hi Hannah,
    Thank you for this very informative article. I feel it’s a lot of job to take care of a piercing but on the other hand well worth it if one really desires to have a beautiful unique piercing.
    My wife really wants one, but she was a little worried about infections. Showing her your article convinced her to go and have one. She will follow all the steps you layed out and she knows it is going to be alright.


    • Hi Jean-Pascal.

      It is quite a big task taking care of a piercing but it really is worth it. Anyone who wants a piercing shouldn’t let the aftercare or fear of infection put them off.

      Your wife will be fine as long as she keeps the piercing clean.

      Any more questions, feel free to ask.

  3. Hello Hannah,

    You gave very good caring tips! When I got my piercing they just told me to flush it with cool water and I did not have any problems afterwards. 🙂 I have a navel piercing, but the hole has flexed due to pregnancy that every ring drops through, haha. Donno what to do with that stuff.

    You mentioned those microdermal piercings – I saw someone had one and I wondered how it stays in, but now I know. Thanks to you!

    • Hey Jess.

      Well, as long as the piercing is kept clean. Cleansing with just cool water is better than using strong chemicals like alcohol.

      Have you tried a larger gauge size for navel peircing? You could buy them for your local piercing studio or online. You never know, it might stay in hopefully 😉

      Thanks for reading.

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