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
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!
This 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, BodyJewelry.com 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.
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.