Wrist Microdermals - Persnickety about placement
I had flirted with the idea of surface piercings in my mind for a while. At one point I was interested in getting my nape done, but saw the disaster of a "flexible" bar that my friend was pierced with and decided I wouldn't trust anyone in this area to be able to properly do surface work (i.e. punch & taper)
When I moved to Norway, I had talked to my piercer there about getting a surface piercing on my wrist. I wanted a surface bar, but she told me that it would probably reject as the only ones she had done successfully were on larger girls with more cushion in that area. I had heard a little jabbering about microdermal anchors on BME, as they had been in testing/use for about a year, and discussed the possibility of them with her. She had done several before and even had successfully healed many on herself, and we decided it was the way to go.
As with most of my modifications, I decided to wait for a year to see if I still wanted it. This modification is an implant, after all, and while still removable, it is more permanent than a regular piercing. I had moved away from my piercer in Norway and back to the States and still wanted the modification.
One day, the urge to have needles in my flesh again was far too great it had been a year since my last modification. I started looking up shops in the area and called several places only to find that most people didn't do microdermals or had no idea what they were. I found one shop, Blue Horseshoe, where their piercer did them. I found out what days he worked and decided I would go there as soon as possible.
When I got there and told Justin what I wanted, he started asking me questions about microdermals. I was glad that he was making sure that I was informed about the modification I was getting. I took a look through his portfolio and he had many microdermals that had successfully healed including one on the ring finger of a professional unicyclist. When I saw that it made me very happy because certainly fingers undergo more movement than wrists, so my implants had even more of a chance of healing!
We went back and talked and I found out he had been piercing for almost 10 years longer than I've been getting modified which made me even more comfortable and happy about my decision. He said he had been doing microdermals for about two years and had gotten some of the first models when companies introduced them at the APP convention; two more good signs: certification & experience.
I watched him take every instrument out of a sealed package and the piercing room was very clean. He took a lot of time to mark the first wrist; he would mark it, ask me to move my hand by my side, pinch my skin and rotate my wrist so see how it would pull when my wrist bent, and then re-marked it. I told him that I was glad that he was persnickety about placement, because these were going to be on me for a very long while.
We started with the right wrist before he marked the left. I sat down on the chair and he told me to take a deep breath while he dermal punched the skin. He had described the pain like a paper cut or a shaving knick, but honestly those hurt more because they are a burn-y kind of pain. This was more like, oh I inadvertently sliced my arm on something. I was actually kind of disappointed that it didn't hurt more. Definitely the least painful piercing I've ever had done. He put the implant in which didn't feel like anything. There was a small piece of my skin that he took away with a pair of tweezers. It bled a little bit but Justin kept pressure on it for while and it eventually clotted.
He carefully marked the other wrist as well, comparing it to the spot on my right wrist and again asking me to move my arm in various positions. He explained that the left one would have to be about a millimeter closer to my elbow because of my wrist bone and how that caused the skin to pull when it turned. That was fine.
The second one was even less painful than the first and didn't bleed nearly as much. Finally he cleaned me up, bandaged me, and explained the aftercare. I was to keep it bandaged for a few days so that the pressure would help the implant stay down and not move toward the upper layers of my skin. Once a day for five minutes, I was to do hot water compresses with gauze & distilled water. The area was to be washed with soap, unscented and uncolored, and sea salt if I so desired. After a week, I was to take the jewel off once a week, so that crud that got underneath there would be easy to remove.
Two days after getting them done, I was playing with a kitten without my bandages on and ripped the left one out. I freaked out and instantly decided to try and shove it back into the gaping hole in my wrist that was starting to bleed. I put it back in, making sure it sat flat to the skin, put pressure on it, washed it and bandaged it. It didn't bleed at all and ended up healing fine.
A month later they feel just like a part of me and more and more people are starting to notice and ask me questions about them. The skin on my wrist is a little dry, but I think that is from washing them every day with colorless, odorless antibacterial soap. That's about all I do for my after care and things are healing up great. Hopefully I will have this modification for a very long time as they are my favorite so far!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 23 Feb. 2008
in Surface & Unusual Piercing