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Surface wrist - What to expect

My experience begins immediately after a previous experience – my beautiful nape piercing.

Whilst being essentially conventional in appearance (ok so my peers may not agree... but I'm close enough..) I do hide the odd secret, my nape being one of them. After visiting Holier Than Thou previously on the advise of a good friend I really got the piercing "bug" most of you will already be victims of, and having seen my nape turn out so well I was certain surface piercings were the ones for me.

Two short months later, once the nape was fully healed and the bug had bitten hard I settled on having a wrist piercing done. This decision came after much trawling of the BME website and some serious consideration. Whilst I enjoy seeing piercings on others, I am very cautious about my own preferring to have more subtle piercings than most. I have never been able to stand the thought of a facial piercing (though I often admire them on others) and did not want something people would mistake as a sexual piercing such as a VCH or nipple piercing. Indeed having searched through the surface pictures on here I almost gave up hope, as the collar bone and cleavage surface bars did nothing for me either. I suspect my next venture will be a microdermal as they are less restrictive in terms of placement.

Having finally stumbled across some surface piercings done on wrists I was smitten – finally I had found something suitably different and still more demure than most. I must admit at this point that I actually flipped a coin to decide whether to have it done horizontally or vertically!

Decision made I trotted off to the studio with two friends in tow, one for a lip piercing and the other for a dermal punch. On arriving at the studio it was just as it always has been; clean, fairly quiet and thoroughly impressive. Lou was happy to do me first (I could never stand waiting around, it only makes the nerves worse) and went through the typical glove changing regime.

She took a good look at my wrist to decide on placement and check the skin type. As I am young and have good elastic skin she informed me this was no problem at all and got to work marking up. Lou had chosen to use a surface bar as she felt this would be more appropriate for the placement than a PTFE bar (which had been used so successfully for my nape). In hindsight this was a mistake and I eventually swapped the surface bar for PTFE to aid the healing, though I don't believe the original jewellery was improperly chosen, sometimes you just know your body better than anyone else!

I must confess I don't know exactly what happened between the clamps going on and the jewellery being in because I looked away whilst my friend studied the whole process intently. I believe she used a large gauge needle and following tube, the other details evaded me. It was surprisingly quick, faster than my nape piercing had been. Lou attributed this to Marcus having done the previous one – male piercers always seem to "faff" more in her experience.

Once the jewellery was in my wrist behaved admirably and did not bleed, nor did it seem to swell much that night, despite being a bit naughty and having "a few" to drink almost as soon as the piercing was done. I was advised to use salt soaks twice a day for the first 2 weeks, but having experience nothing but grief using salt on my nape I opted to use diluted tea tree oil instead which has worked well. Please note I do not recommend you ignore the advice of your piercer when it comes to aftercare!

The piercing has been in for about 9 weeks now and I will admit it catches on EVERYTHING. This was the deciding factor in changing to a PTFE bar, as the posts on the surface bar protruded too far from the skin and were too easy to snag. During the healing period I found it would seep lots of tissue fluid and crust up throughout the day – the hardest part was not attempting to pick it off absent mindedly! After about 6 weeks this subsided, though I did manage to almost rip one side out which led to a few more weeks of seepage. All in all it has stood up well to the rough treatment its placement subjects it to, but this is not a piercing to consider if you will not baby it or are not willing to wait months for it to heal. This piercing has a high rejection rate for a reason!

After 9 weeks it appears fairly well healed from the outside but I know it has a ways to go yet. I'm just hoping now the PTFE is in it will continue to heal nicely and settle into something reasonably permanent.


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 11 April 2007
in Surface & Unusual Piercing

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Artist: Louise
Studio: Holier+Than+Thou
Location: Manchester+UK

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