Anti Eyebrow Piercing

Friday August 17th, 2012 @ 8:47 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

I am currently interested in getting a anti eyebrow piercing but I am worried about it being jeopardized by my roller derby. I have yet to be hit in the face but it a possibility. Would you recommend me getting this or not?

Do it! If you get punched in it, make sure to punch em back.

Seriously though, I have had a couple of derby clients over the years and while it can be rough on piercings it shouldn’t be the end all of your piercing days. With proper aftercare and hopefully limited damage this piercing should heal just fine.

Maybe a full helmet for a few weeks? You could look like racer X and have a hidden identity.

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Clavicle Microdermal help?:(

Friday August 17th, 2012 @ 8:26 PM

Filed under: Piercing, Surface/Unusual

I’ve had my clavicle microdermal for around a month now (maybe a little less) and as soon as I had it I fell in love with it. I blame this on why I have such a high level of paranoia about it :(

A few days after I’d had the piercing and I’d removed the bandage I was told to keep on I had a massive bruise (which was probably from where the guy pinched me to do the incision rather than the piercing itself) and it seemed to be quite flushed to the skin.

I am aware that the clavicle area has a high movement level so this could be the reason to my problem. One side of my microdermal (the side which is closer to my shoulder than to the middle of my chest) has slightly risen, so it looks as though my microdermal is tilting.. Some days it isn’t as noticeable and some days it is.. The microdermal is also a little bit lifted but I’ve read that that’s normal.

I would just like some insight into why it does this? Is this a sign of rejection? I don’t mind if this will happen because of the movement level as I can deal with that I’m just paranoid that it’ll keep lifting and eventually fall out?:( I have a big chest too so that probably doesn’t help the microdermal.

Thank you :)

A microdermal and all similar piercings natural reaction is to reject. Your body does not want a foreign object embedded in your dermis and is willing to do what ever it takes to get rid of it.

The trick to healing a piercing is getting your body to give up on its normal rejection method and move on to the encapsulate reaction.

Your anchor is still fresh enough at 1 month that its possible to correct the tilt. I would suggest a tight fitting bandage for no less than two weeks. Changing this bandage twice a day to allow for cleaning and a fresh redress. Make sure the bandage is tight enough to put a consistent pressure directly on the jewelry. I suggest the larger square bandages for this as the small round ones can not hold tight enough.

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Facial Micro Dermal Problems

Sunday August 5th, 2012 @ 7:31 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

I have my micro dermal on my upper cheek bone, very close to my eye. I have had it for a little over a month. In the beginning I guess you can say i had the normal reactions, but that stopped for a couple of weeks. Now I am having major problems. It has become swollen, red, and a bit bruised. I have no idea as to what is going on with it. I have convinced myself that it is not infection due to how often I clean it. But you never know. So I guess my question is what is going on? Is it rejection? If so, what do I do about it? Or if infection do is there anyway of reversing it? HELP ME PLEASE. I am so clueless and very paranoid.

Most of the questioned we get here on ASK are similar to this one. Does my piercing look ok? Is it crooked? Is it infected?

Honestly I would love to help you, but Im just a man on the internet 100s of miles away and only a small picture to go from.

The best piece of advice I can give you is go to your piercer. a visual inspection along with a sit down conversation is required to diagnose something like this. I wish you the best of luck.

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Chest Dermals and Eczama

Sunday August 5th, 2012 @ 7:17 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

Hello, (I apologize in advance for any spelling errors, I dont have a spell check on my phone) I have various diffrent piercings, and ten diffrent dermals, with diffrent types of jewlery in them, essentially I was the practice to decide what type of jewlery the shop I was helping out was going to use. Theres two dermals in the picture above, the top is a very small circular plate, no holes in the plate, just the tiny plate, post and diamond one complete peice. I believe its surgical stainless steel. And the one below it is a type of polymer. We decided to try and use this in two of my dermals on my chest (I have eight in total in the shape of a heart) because I have Eczama. A type of skin rash. 3 of the 8 dermals have recently been replaced. Taken out, they were just sugical stainless steel dermals, two replaced with the polymer and one the tiny top one. We repierced at the same time of removal to set them deeper. Its probably been a week and they are still red, hurt to the touch and are alittle swollen. (The other dermals on my chest are fine) I know that my eczama might definitly be the main issue (You can see where it is around the piercing maybe not in the pic but IRL), but Ive been soaking with seasalt and water once a day and cleaning with antibactieral nonscented hand soap once a day also. Not only is there the redness but the bottom one pictured also has some scar tissue at the top. (Maybe a keloid? not sure) Ive been told by the piercer to continue soaking and cleaning and also now to put an asprin paste on them over night. There is discharge when I clean them sometimes, sometimes yellow, sometimes clear red, and in the morning there is always crusties. Is there anything else I can do to save them? Or am I doomed because of my eczama? I was thinking of also useing the chamomile tea bags. Please help!

I really don’t think your number 1 problem is the eczema. To me it sounds like your experiencing all this because you are the guinea pig.

First off, I don’t know any piercers using polymer anchors nor do I know if its even safe to consider. The other style you described sounds like a skin diver which I do not like either. It sounds like both of these options are only around to save money. This is not something to be skimped upon. A good quality anchor might cost a little more $$$ but it can prevent problems like the ones you are having. I suggest Titanium anchors only!

Another thing that puts me off a bit is that your anchors were removed then immediately redone. This is quite a bit of trauma to an already sensitive damaged area. After an anchor is removed enough time should be afforded for the tissue to repair itself before ever re attempting something new.

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Vertical vs. horizontal nape

Sunday August 5th, 2012 @ 7:01 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

I recently got a vertical nape piercing done by a very reputable piercer. He used a surface bar, and so far all is well as far as healing goes (today is day three). I’ve had no sign of rejection, and just a little redness. Will it heal properly since it is a vertical piercing? I mostly see horizontal piercings, but my piercer did mark my neck and checked for movement when I turned my head and stretched in different directions.

While the traditional placement for a nape piercing is horizontal, there should be no reason that a vertical wouldn’t heal just as well. It sounds like your piercer did a good job by checking movement and placement, now its up to you to make sure you take good care of it.

Since it is a less common placement you should send some pictures in. We love to see that sort of stuff.

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How to *induce* microdermal rejection?

Sunday August 5th, 2012 @ 6:42 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

Hello BME. It sounds weird, but I actually want to induce my dermal anchor to reject.

I had 4 of them in a row, and 3 rejected. I did not have them removed and allowed the rejection process to finish. They left behind some nasty scars, which I actually like (they look like small scarifications).

Now I want the 4th one to reject, so that it will leave a similar scar and make everything look like one scarification work. If I have it removed, I think it will leave a different scar, ruining my new (accidental) “piece”.

Any opinions will be appreciated. Thanks!

PS: The picture is very bad, but you get the idea.

A chainsaw, a monkey, 2 pairs of leather pants and a industrial sized vat of lube. Im sure you see where im going with this.

seriously though, giving someone advice on how to cause rejection is the opposite of what I normally do, so its hard to even consider it. I think the easiest way to lose an anchor to rejection is to get it caught on something. this usually starts the slow process and will leave you with a scar.

Now I cant in good faith tell you to catch it on something, but if you did, then it would probably reject.

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piercing scars

Sunday August 5th, 2012 @ 6:24 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

how do you get rid of piercing scars. i got my hips done christmas eve of 2011. and i just took my hip piercing out yesterday, iv notice that in the center i can literally see the bar through my skin, i don’t know whether or not the piercer took enough skin or if it was rejecting but i don’t need this nasty looking scar , if you would be able to help me out.


Scarring is always a risk you take when doing a piercing. Weather its a basic piercing or a surface piercing its important that you know your risks.

I can not comment on if the piercing was done correctly or not without having seen the piercing while it was in.

It sounds like it was for the best that you removed the jewelry. The scarring will lessen in time and there are scar reducing products on the market to help it fade even more. Even with the best treatment you will probably be left with a faint scar that will remain for years. Check into emu oil, vitamin e oils and mederma.

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Collar-bone microdermal rejecting

Saturday July 21st, 2012 @ 7:49 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

The other day I noticed both the sides of the microdermal anchor under my skin and knew they were going to reject. I pulled slightly on the diamond and the short side of the anchor came out. I tried to pull it out by myself, but the anchor has 2 holes in it that my skin in attatched to so I couldn’t.

There is no tattoo shop where I live. What should I do? Let it completely reject by itself?

You need to find yourself a reputable tattoo shop to take them out for you. Leaving them in will just cause unneeded problems in the long run. They may eventually reject on their own but will probably be ripped out before then.

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throat dermal anchors

Tuesday July 10th, 2012 @ 7:59 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

Hi! I just had a quick question… I was just wondering if it is possible for doing a little dermal project on the throat. I am wanting to possibly do a dermal corset on a customer and I guess my main question is, Is it safe to do that sort of piercing on that location? And are there any spots that shouldn’t be touched/ or unsafe to do that piercing? The placements would be more towards the side of the neck, I guess. But is it a safe/good idea to do the project with dermals?

Thank you.

I can only assume that you are a body piercer since you didn’t mention it specifically.

I have one answer for you, Self education. The internet being what it is nowadays, you should be able to find the answer to this one yourself with a little studying.

I’m not going to tell you “yes its safe” or “no don’t do it” because these are things as a body piercer you should be able to deduce for yourself.

Take your time and research the skin structure of the neck, find out where all major vascular builds are and become an expert on the subject. This is the type of thing that can help separate professionals from people with eBay piercing kits.

I have faith in you BME reader!

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Diabetes and Microdermals

Tuesday June 26th, 2012 @ 2:12 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

Hi, I’m a 27 year old diabetic. I have been for 10 years. I have fairly good control of my blood sugars. I currently have 15 piercings. All in good health. I’m really wanting to get a micro-dermal on my temple or anti eyebrow. Thing is I do not heal very well. I have had a hard time with the last two piercings I got most of all. Which were my tragus and labret. Both took very long to heal. Also both ended up infected despite careful aftercare. I guess I’m asking are my chances of rejection the same as a non-diabetic? Is the aftercare or jewelry different for me? Is there a chance a piercer will turn me away due to my condition? I haven’t come across any other diabetics w/ any mods other than basic piercings/tattoos. So I hope this is the right place for answers. Any other info or comments I would really appreciate. Thanks

While diabetes does create a difficult healing situation it is not impossible by any means. You have a couple of positives going for you, you are in good control of your blood sugars and you have experience healing 15 piercings. There is no reason a competent piercer should turn you down for this but it is something that you should inform them of.

As far as aftercare the only difference would be length of time. While a micro dermal in perfect conditions can heal in several months yours might be longer. Just follow your piercers recommended aftercare and you should be fine.

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