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.
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
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:
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- Dip a cotton pad in the saline solution and use it to wash your piercing.
- Chuck away the cotton ball and repeat the process with a new one. Allow the saline solution to soak the piercing.
- Do this for about 5 minutes to make sure the piercing is totally clean.
- Allow the piercing to air dry.
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
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.
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.
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!