At Home Microdermal Mistakes
In the past six weeks or so, I've pierced my nipples, navel, outer labia and installed a microdermal. This is how I did the microdermal, and the mistakes I made and hope you won't repeat.
I've wanted a Madison piercing since the mid 1980s, but knew instinctively it would reject. After watching a hand web migrate out (the guitar lessons didn't help) I knew I didn't want to place a piercing that would become a source of displeasure. Regardless, I toyed with the idea for years, debating whether or not I was willing to accept the scar for the temporary beauty; I was not.
When I recently learned you could order proper tools for piercing online, I was immediately hooked... this is an inexpensive, fun source of body pride and body accomplishment for me. After doing at home piercings in the 80s with safety pins, this seemed like pure heaven. I did little piercings, and while shopping for jewelry, I saw the microdermal for the first time. I didn't bother to tell myself no, and I didn't have to think much about it. I ordered the microdermal before I researched itI saw immediately how this would work and knew it was my best chance for a successful Madison placement.
Please don't follow my procedure, it's a frankly bad idea, but I do not sterilize needles or jewelry. I interdigitate like a good girl, then dry my hands on the towel that's handy. I soak tools and jewelry in straight rubbing alcohol. Even boiling a needle for twenty minutes would be far better than what I do, and Wavocide can be ordered inexpensively online, but I choose my risks, and I believe in my body's innate ability to heal itself. I do not believe your body will do what mine does, and I think it's a bad idea to behave as I do. Approaching 40, and as a skin-care practitioner, I feel confident in handling my skin. I also have unlimited, 24-hour access to at least a dentist buddy in the event of an emergency.
I cross contaminate like a madwoman. I don't wear gloves. I think there's a fair chance of anybody ending up in the E.R. if they do things as I do them, however, here's what I did.
The microdermal is amazingly tiny. You see the picture of the implant compared to a dime, yet it seems much smaller in reality. I wear my fingernails longish, and I was concerned about how I would handle it.
I iced my skin for about five minutes, which is plenty for me to not experience surface pain. My buddy for this pierced my skin with a 14 gauge needle, making a hole he hoped was deep enough. It was, on the long part of the "L." No problem sticking the longer part of the foot in.
The problem came when we tried to insert the other side of the foot in. It simply would NOT be placed. By this time, I had read some reports, and knew coercion would be involved, so no problem; I encouraged him to struggle it in.
He struggled, for more than twenty minutes. He could NOT get it in. I got up and tried in front of the mirror, I could not get it in. It was fairly painful.
He tried again for another ten minutes; I tried again in front of the mirror. Because the back of the L wouldn't go in, I tried to snip the skin with nail scissors. I couldn't make the cut with the tip, and couldn't force myself to drive the scissors deep enough to create leverage for the cut. (A razor would have been oh so handy.)
I laid down and prayed fervently. He got regular pliers and FINALLY got the darn thing in. The ice had long since worn off. It was an hour or so of discomfort.
I've ordered an 18 kt gold/gem ball, and I HOPE the pliers didn't create a situation where it won't thread in. I am very aware I will need to (painfully) excise the microdermal if it ruined the threading.
The side that wouldn't sit has a different healing lookit's far slower to heal. The "implant" feels crooked vertically. I think the back of the L sits closer to my skin surface than the front.
I generally believe home piercing is a better idea than shop piercing, however, I think microdermals may be an exception. I suffered. Cutting this out if necessary will leave a visible scar on my otherwise pretty neck line.
My next microdermal will use an 8 gauge needle and I will have a razor or scalpel handy, plus a few sutures... if not a dentist or doctor.
I will have this piercing examined via xray at the first sign of trouble. I will cut it out if needed, and quickly. I would NOT attempt this particular piercing if I didn't have a good health care structure in place. I suspect microdermals are more likely to experience inward traveling (and potentially life-threatening) infections.
I would NOT allow my child to do this procedure, while I would encourage most other piercings. I think it's a little too new and a little risky yet.
If the local piercer didn't have open food and a dog walking around when I visited, I would have used him for the last six or so piercings. I use gold and happily tip heavy; it's cost him some money. Heed, piercers.
If this piercing rejects, I am committed to the responsibility of returning to update this entry. If you're reading this long after I wrote it, and there's no update, you are safe to assume it healed successfully.
Alternately, please do not hesitate to contact me via this site.
Please support each other and share your experience if you do a microdermal at home. It's still fairly new, and the information is valuable. As weird as it seems to me, a "normal" 38 year old, this is still cutting-edge piercing. Nothing to it, I suspect, but new nonetheless.
Shannon et al gave us the forum to speak. Please speak.
Please note the inventor of the microdermal is not getting credit or payment for his idea. You may have to buy the microdermal from where you can get it, but you do NOT have to buy other jewelry from them. Use your dollars to make a statement.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 04 May 2007