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Not-so-painful vertical nape microdermals

I'd had microdermals on my mind ever since I first heard about them. I have several mods, but never tried a surface piercing because of the effort it would take to heal it, and I didn't want to deal with the possibility of rejection. However, I've always liked the look of various unusual surface piercings, particularly nape piercings.

I only really seriously decided I wanted to get microdermals a couple weeks ago, when I got that "itch": you haven't gotten a mod for a while, and you're just itching to get something new. I go to school in the five-college area, so I was checking up on the Lucky's website one day and noticed that they are now offering "single-point piercings". (According to Penelope, implants are illegal in MA, and so they don't want to confuse local legislators with the term "microdermal".)

I did my research, read tons of experiences on BME and other piercing forums, looked at pictures, and looked at Penelope's portfolio on the Lucky's website. Penelope did my snakebites and VCH - although I've also gotten mods at an excellent studio at home, I prefer to get pierced by Penelope. I considered a variety of placements, but ultimately decided I wanted my nape done.

Finally, after checking my bank account, I went to Northampton. Penelope was quite willing to answer my lingering questions about aftercare: microdermals (single-points) should be mostly healed in 2 - 3 weeks, and she recommends leaving a bandaid covering them for the first couple days to let the skin grab ahold of the jewelry. She also noted that the main problems people have experienced with nape microdermals is catching their hair. Now, I have very long hair and was somewhat worried about this, but Penelope assured me that she has also had many successes - I just have to be careful not to snag hair, especially in the shower. In fact, she advised that I leave bandaids on even in the shower.

Since the procedure itself is so new and exciting, Penelope also suggested that I show off its uniqueness by not just imitating the look of a nape surface bar. Get an odd number, or a pattern, or vertical.

I had to go think about this for a while, since I do love the look of the normal horizontal nape surface piercing. But eventually I followed her suggestion, and went with a vertical pair on my neck - about a half inch apart, low enough to be covered by a turtleneck if necessary. In the future, if I save up enough money, I foresee getting more in a line down the back of my neck and even down towards my spine. An odd number of microdermals in a row would look fantastic.

The procedure itself went much more easily than I expected. Penelope is as experienced as a piercer can get with these. She just uses small needles, no dermal punch, to create a tiny pocket. First she cleaned off my neck, and marked the placement. Then, breathing in and out for each, she made two sharp pokes that were surprisingly not too painful. I gripped the sides of the chair and concentrated on my breathing, and it wasn't too bad at all. She put the jewelry in with a strong feeling of pressure and a bit more pain, and a distinctive "pop". It was a weird feeling, but by this point I was grinning widely from the adrenaline and endorphin rush. Screwing the gem onto the jewelry was a bit tricky, because there was no opposite side of the piercing to grasp. And then the second microdermal.

I was apparently a bleeder, so the back of my neck was a bit messy at the end, but Penelope cleaned me up and let me look in the mirror before putting on bandaids. Stunning! Before heading back, I picked up a package of spot bandaids from CVS.

I attempted taking a shower that night, and panicked when the bandaids accidentally came off in the water. Just as I was afraid of, a long tendril of hair got stuck in the top microdermal. I spent a terrified couple of minutes standing with my back to a mirror, holding up a hand mirror with one hand and trying to untangle the hair without pulling on the microdermal with the other. It bled more, but luckily I got the hair free without too much of a problem. I stuck on new spot bandaids right away, and fortunately they were more sticky.

I now plan to keep my hair up for several days, with clips holding back the wisps at my nape, because I'm now paranoid about tugging on the microdermals. Sleeping that night was surprisingly comfortable, and apparently some pressure on the back of my neck isn't a bad thing for getting the microdermals to stay.

After the bandaids come off, I'll be doing sea salt compresses, but mostly leaving them alone. I have high hopes for healing these. And besides the people who work at Lucky's, I haven't met anyone around here who has microdermals, so I get to show off the new cutting-edge thing!


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 19 Feb. 2008
in Pocketing and Stapling

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013 @8 p.m.
I want to get two microdermals in the nape of my neck just as you have described. Although I'm worried because I have long hair that it will be a problem to keep up with. Just wondering how yours did after several months and if you had any troubles with rejection and anything like that? Thanks, Cassandra

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