How, when, and where
The Dermal anchor has been outlawed in some states. It is becoming very popular for younger and older women. This is not you average piercing. It actually doesn't hurt like a piercing. When done properly it may sting/and or burn, for a second while the hole is being made. once the hole is made, tissue is removed from the hole and the anchor is placed into the skin. Once again, I said when done properly. The average length of this procedure should last for less than a minute.After the dermal anchor is placed into the skin, pressure is applied with sterile gauze until the bleeding ( if any) is stopped. The remaining dried blood and placement marks are cleaned up, and a bandage is place over the anchor (snug). As you can see in the picture, it shows 2 different types of installation. One using a 10 gauge needle and one using a biopsy punch. The base of the anchor has holes in it. As the tissue around the anchor heals, the tissue fills the area and anchors it self into the skin. For more pictorials and info go to www.primehealthchannel.com
This has been outlawed in some states due to installation procedures and horror stories. The picture above shows a needle and a biopsy punch. Most tattoo artist and/or piercers are not trained to do this. There are places in the body digging around with a needle isn't safe. Not that it's stopping anyone. In most cases the instead of following the after care instructions, the person decides to do what they want. They remove the band aid long before they are instructed to, or they don't clean it as advised. The idea behind all these aftercare instructions is to keep one of the following from happening.
By not keeping a band aid over the dermal anchor for at least a week, you can: Snag it on sheets and pillows. Snag it on the loofah or rag you shower with. The towel you dry off with. Your clothes can snag it. The seat belt in your car. I could go on but it's kind of pointless. If any one of those things happen it the first week, usually the dermal anchor will pop out of your skin. If you wanna buck up you can reinsert it your self, but most don't. Don't blame your piercer for that. As long as he gave you aftercare instructions.
The after care is equally important for 2 reasons. First and foremost you don't want to get it infected. depending on where it is, it could be nasty. Secondly, you don't want your skin trying to grow over the dermal anchor. Sometimes when smaller gems are used initially, if not kept clean the skin tries to grow over it. Losing the head or top to a dermal anchor is never good. A head should be replaced as soon as possible to prevent the skin from growing over it.
Allowing some one to remove your dermal should be a serious consideration. If it is starting to push out or grow to the top of the skin, it is remotely painless and pretty easy. It takes a bit of finesse and usually about 10 minutes. This of course, depends on how skilled your piercer is To remove a dermal that is fully healed and has been properly inserted can be a bit more tricky. Face, chest, collar bones, forearms are easier to remove. The skin in those areas is easier to stretch and manipulate. The navel (belly button), hip, or dimples in the small of the back are harder to remove because the density of the tissue. No matter how you look at it, you have to pop it out of the skin and cut the tissue that grew in the holes to remove it. To see more body mods go to www.bodymod.org
All the stuff above is a small portion of what is out there to choose from. The idea is to have on piece of jewelry that (once it's healed) you can't lose. As well as a multi-functional piece of your wardrobe. It just goes to show we are becoming more extreme and lazy with every generation. I do this everyday. During the average month I do between 45 and 60 dermal anchors. I offer aftercare services, as well as hand out instructions. I have 3 health care providers medical licences, and I am certified to handle most anything you could ask me to do in a tattoo studio. I use hospital grade or better instruments for any piercing procedure. A sharper needle causes less pain, and less scarring. I urge you to find a piercer that is educated, licensed and makes you feel comfortable about his ability to do the procedure. The intention of this article was to educate you and help you make the right decision about getting a dermal anchor.