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Chest Dermal Piercing

Updated on December 15, 2011

What is a microdermal chest piercing?

Microdermal piercings are one of the latest trends in the field of body modification. Before these piercings became available, piercings generally could only be done when access could be gained to both ends of the stud or ring such as when placed through the lip or the eyebrow; i.e. where the piercing goes in one side and out the other.

To pierce the chest though would be impossible with traditional methods but chest dermal piercing has provided the answer to this problem. These semi permanent piercings are also sometimes called dermal anchors or even dermal implants. One reason for their success is that they are very clean looking and rather than appearing to be stuck into a person, they look almost as they are glued on and therefore there are no catches or hooks visible other than the decorative part. This is an important appeal for those considering a microdermal chest piercing as the whole point is to draw attention to that part of the body.

The piercings themselves can come in a variety of styles, from a simple stud to a jewelled star; it really depends upon your taste and probably your budget too.

Although a chest dermal piercing is relatively easy and straightforward to do, the result is clean and semi permanent. As well as the chest of course, the same technique can be used pretty much where you want on your body but works especially well where there is a depth of flesh; so for example it works better on your hip than on your forehead because there is more tissue there, generally speaking.

To place a chest dermal piercing, a single puncture is made into the skin and the anchor part implanted there. These anchors are designed to encourage the human tissue to grow around it which then holds the piercing in place. These are usually made of titanium as the human body tolerates this metal extremely well and is unlikely to reject it; in fact titanium has been used in dental implants for many years and therefore has a good pedigree.

Example of a chest dermal piercing
Example of a chest dermal piercing

Stay safe when having your chest piercing

Once the titanium anchor has been fixed, the decorative part will be attached and the procedure is done. There may be a little bleeding and you may be advised to keep a plaster on it for a day or two to allow healing and to avoid infection. The good news is that if you want to change the decorative part of your microdermal chest piercing, you can simply remove it and replace with a new one of your choice. The bad news is that the anchor itself will be needed to be removed by a qualified person as it is embedded into your skin. This may indeed mean not just a trip back to the piercing studio but may need to be done by a medical professional so you do need to consider these anchors as almost permanent.

Thankfully the tattoo and piercing industry is more regulated than previously and no reputable piercer will provide a chest dermal piercing to anyone under 18 so if you have told them that you are under 18 and they are prepared to go ahead, avoid them – they will probably not be skilled enough to perform this and may well cause permanent damage to your body. So make sure that you use a reputable studio to have your microdermal chest piercing placed neatly and safely too.


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