The Dermal Finger Piercing – An Alternative Twist to the Ring!

Dermal Finger Piercing

Here we have another Dermal Piercing. This type of piercing can be placed practically anywhere on the body. One of the more unusual positions a dermal piercing can be placed is on the finger.

The piercing is located at the base of the finger,  where a ring is worn. In recent times people have been getting this piercing as a more permanent replacement for a ring!

The finger piercing is classy and unique. Well, that is until your friends see it.. They may decide to copy you and end up getting their own finger pierced!

The Finger Piercing Process

Dermal Punch
Finger dermal piercings are done with a dermal punch instead of a needle!

First of all, I would like to say that I do not recommend you do this piercing yourself. Go to a professional who has plenty of experience in finger piercing!

When you get a standard piercing, a hollow needle will go in through one part of your skin and out through another. That is not the case with the finger piercing, which is a single point piercing.

Instead of using a needle, your piercer will use a tool known as a dermal punch (photo on the right). As the name of the tool suggests, a hole is punched through the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin. On rare occasions a needle is used to make an L-shaped pouch in the dermis.

To keep the jewelry in place, a dermal anchor is then inserted. The foot of the anchor sits in the dermal layer of the skin. The anchor is shaped kind of like a human foot and often has small holes in it. Whilst the piercing heals, skin grows through the holes of the anchor. This makes the piercing secure and permanent.

Once the anchor is secured, a dermal top is screwed into the stem of the anchor (the part that sticks out from the skin).

You will not be able to remove the anchor from the skin by yourself. The screw in dermal top is interchangeable though. Which allows you to customize your piercing to look however you want it to. That is what makes it so fun!

Finger Piercing Jewelry – Wear a Different ‘Ring’ Everyday!

Finger Piercing JewelryThis is an exciting concept  for jewelry addicts!

There is a mind blowing assortment of microdermal jewelry which would be just perfect for your digits!

To get an idea of some of the beautiful gems and designs up for grabs, head over to the Microdermal Jewelry page on my site. That doesn’t even scratch the surface though! Go ahead and see what else you find on Amazon, or Body Candy. You will be amazed at the selection!

Care and Healing Time

For the first few days after you get your finger piercing you should wear a band-aid or dressing. You must protect it and stop it from getting knocked or caught on anything.

protect the piercing at all times throughout the healing period. Which varies between one and three months. Do not allow it to get caught in clothing or get knocked about.

Cleanse the piercing twice or three times daily. Use either a piercing aftercare product or saline solution. Make your own saline solution by stirring a quarter of a teaspoon of rock salt into a cup of warm water.

Always wash your hands before touching or cleansing your piercing!

Is There a Big Risk of Rejection?

All microdermal and surface piercings come pose a risk of rejection and migration.

Due to the fact that the finger piercing is placed on a part of the body where not much flesh is present, the risk of rejection may be slightly higher.

Once a piercing starts rejecting there is not much you can do to stop it. What you can do is prevent it!

Express your concerns to your piercer. They will be able to offer you a few tips and help ensure that your piercing does not reject. Some of the most effective tips being:

  • Avoid cheap jewelry. The materials used to make cheaper jewelry are known to contain nickel. This includes 316L surgical grade stainless steel, which has been found to contain trace amounts of nickel. Enough to cause a reaction in those who are sensitive.
  • Nickel free jewelry materials such as BioFlex/BioPlast, titanium, silver and gold.
  • When you get your piercing done, go for a larger gauge size. Small gauge jewelry can actually cut through the skin. Think of a fine piece of string cutting through cheese. This is known as the ‘cheese cutter effect‘.
  • Make sure the anchor that goes under your skin is the type that has holes in it. These holes keep the jewelry from just sliding out from its pocket in your skin.

To summarize…


Finger piercings are not practical for everyone. If you work a very physical job where your hands get constant abuse, I really wouldn’t recommend this piercing for you!

For everyone else, this is definitely a piercing you should consider. The unique subtlety of this piercing alone is enough to win me over personally!

There are other types of finger and hand piercings. How would you like for me to tell you about some of the other types in a future post? Leave a comment below to let me know if this sounds interesting to you!

Thanks for reading. I’ve been very busy this week so I do apologize if this article wasn’t quite up to standard

Hannah – founder of Pro Piercing Kits.

22 Comments on The Dermal Finger Piercing – An Alternative Twist to the Ring!

  1. Hello Hanna, this is the first time I have encountered this dermal piercing. I thought there is only one kind of piercing which is going in a certain part of a skin and out to the other part.

    So as I have seen the image of a piercing on a finger I have imagined that it has gone through the bone which have sent a chill through my spine. LOL!

    But as I have read your blog I was relived that it’s not the case. Haha! Thanks for explaining it very thoroughly cos if not I would still have the impression of a hollowed bone. UGH! 😀

    • Hey Norstad. Luckily this one doesn’t go through the bone – I can only imagine how painful that would be! Even changing the jewelry would be enough to make your eyes water! Although there are no piercings that actually penetrate bone, there are many that go through thick layers of skin and cartilage. For example I’ve known people to get a piercing that goes through the back of their ankle, pretty much through the akiles heal!

      Thanks for reading. Much appreciated!


  2. Hey Hannah, this is a really informative post! I have never seen anything quite like it!
    Is it painful to get this kind of piercing? And can it be done on any other body part, apart from the fingers?

    Keep up what you are doing, and sooner/ later, more people will get to know more about it, just like myself.

    • Thanks Njogah! I did put a fair bit of time into this post so I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      The dermal piercing can be quite painful. It can be done nearly anywhere on the body. Some parts of the body hurt more than others. The finger piercing is on the more painful end of the scale as it is a bony area.

      Nice one!


  3. Hey hannah this is really cool post I didnt even know that this type of piercing existed! Does it hurt to get piercings like this and will it leave marks if you were wanting to take them out? Great post, i was pretty interested when I was reading it, looking forward to reading other posts of yours

    • Hey Dyl! Glad you learnt something from my post.

      This type of piercing does hurt a bit when you get it done. It’s more of a short sharp pinching feeling. There can also be some pain during the first few days of the healing period. This passes quickly though.

      All dermal piercings have to be removed by a professional in order to minimize scarring. If someone attempted to remove it themself they could end up with a very ugly scar.

      Thanks for stopping by!


  4. I’ve few questions. Firstly, why is it specially L-shaped pound? And why is it considered to be on rare occasions?

    I cannot imagine on a situation where accident happen to someone and hit on the piercing spot. Just unimaginable to me.

    Oh, it seems that a large gauge jewelry is much safer than a small gauge one as it can cut the skin easily. Or it’s the same thing?

    • Hey Tar.

      To answer your questions: The pounch should be L-shaped so that the anchor fits in there properly. The anchor is L-shaped itself. The reason this technique is rare is because it is simplly much easier to use a dermal punch rather than a needle which is much more fiddly.

      You’re right about large gauge jewelry – it is much safer and also helps prevent the piercing from getting rejected.


  5. Hey there, as some of the other commenters have said, this is definately an interesting and informative post. I had no idea this kind of piercing was available. While I personally wouldn’t be interested. I know my girlfriend would! She has many piercings but not the dermal kind you subscribe… maybe I can even save money on an engagement ring in the future! haha

    • Hey Christian. Your girlfriend would love this, seeing as she is into body piercing. Great idea for saving money on an engagement ring. Plus ten times cooler!

      Thanks very much for taking your time to read and comment.


  6. wow, that is so cool! I have never seen this kind of piercing before, the place is a little awkward, maybe because I’m not used to see piercings on the fingers. But it looks nice and can replace the ring, maybe it’s more fashionable in a way.
    I will send the page link to my girlfriend to have her feedback as well, I’m sure it would look nice on her fingers. Thanks for this great idea!

    • Hi Michel.

      As long as the wearer of this piercing does not work in manual labour or something, this piercing is not as awkward as it looks. I really appreciate you sharing my site with your girlfriend. I hope she enjoys this post!


  7. Dermal piercing is obviously something new to many and typical of something new, it could well turn out to be trendy especially to whoever dares to be different. You mentioned that it’s particularly painful for finger piercing as it is close to the more sensitive bone area. My thought drifts further into the future, imagine a high-tech dermal top screw gem that changes color according to the mood of the wearer, isn’t it more practical if it’s worn simply as an ultra modem ring?

  8. This is absolutely cool! I have yet to see anyone with a dermal finger piercing, and now that I’m aware that it can be done, I’m going to be on the lookout! Have you any idea about how painful it might be, and is it appropriate for guys? I like to be different, and this would definitely make a statement!

    • Hi Christian. That’s one of the things I love about this piercing – how uncommon it is! The pain is not all that bad, it’s bearable – more of a quick pinch which fades quickly anyway. Guys can wear rings, so there is nothing wrong at all with a guy getting this piercing. Plus there is plenty of more masculine jewelry available online! Just look up ‘dermal jewelry for men’ and you should find something!

      In fact, I will probably do a post on dermal jewelry for guys soon!


  9. Hey Fred.

    Boney areas of the body do hurt quite a bit more than everywhere else. I absolutely love your idea of a screw in that changes colour to according to the mood of the wearer – hopefully this will be invented some time in the future!

    Thanks for your input!

  10. When I started reading this, I also thought it might be a case of the piercing would go through the bone, and I am very relieved to see that it doesn’t! I know a friend who has many piercings, both in the ears and around the nose and mouth, and I am sure she will be interested in hearing about this style too. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Molly. You’re not the first person to assume this piercing went through the bone. Luckily it doesn’t – even I wouldn’t get that done!

      Thanks very much for reading. I hope your friend likes the idea of the finger dermal piercing.


  11. Hi Hannah
    Oh my, this is the first time I have come across dermal piercing. It certainly is interesting but I will honestly have to take some time to decide if this is something for me lol.
    I see you said that this is not suitable for someone that does rough work with their hands, I can certainly guess that it won’t be pretty if one of these gets ripped out.
    Our of interest do you have a dermal finger piercing yourself?

    • Hey Lynne.

      There are many different types of dermal piercing other than the finger piercing. It can be placed nearly anywhere on the body!

      You do have to consider carefully how much you use your hands if you get this done though. I used to have one but had to get it removed as it kept getting bumped and I feared getting it ripped out (I use my hands a lot!).

      It is a gorgeous piercing though which I would recommend!


  12. I was always curious about dermal piercing procedure. I remember when I first saw that as a kid, I was wondering if the piercing actually went through the bone or not. I just watched a video clip of dermal piercing on a collar bone but to be honest I was like “ouch.” But I’m sure it looks more painful to watch than actually getting it done. Even they stung a bit when I got my piercings and gauges, I think it’d be more painful to watch myself getting it than actually going through it.

    • Hey Joon. Dermal piercings are no where near as bad as they look, in my experience anyway. Everyone is different!

      Thanks for reading!


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