Anchoring Underside of My Wrist
I have always liked the look of surface piercings, and decided to go and talk to the piercer who worked at the studio where I had my shoulder tattooed a few months ago. I did not know anyone with any atypical piercings, so I wanted to hear a bit more about the procedure, healing process, and the like before I decided to get one, even though I was almost entirely set on piercing my wrist. After talking with the piercing artist, Trey, for a bit, I realized that the rejection rate for those types of piercings, and especially the wrist, aren't in the client's favor at all, and was completely disappointed. He suggested the sternum as a more successful area to try, and the nape as well, but neither appealed to me as the wrist idea had. Then, he mentioned he could do a dermal anchor instead, though it would be a bit more expensive. I liked the sound of it, but decided to do a bit more research before having anything done. I didn't end up getting much information from anyone I knew a fter I asked around, so I turned to the web instead. I read a few stories about a terrible experience or two, but most of the negativity seemed to be the result of a unqualified piercer or negligent client, and seeing as I trust the ability of my piercer, and I fully planned on taking care of my piercing, I wasn't deterred by what I found.
A few days later, nothing I had read about these piercings seemed too alarming, and I was still fascinated with the idea of an anchor, so I decided to go back and see Trey. Apparently, most people get their wrists anchored on the upper side, but Trey agreed to do the underside of my left wrist, though he admitted he had never anchored that particular spot before. We went into the back, and after he got out the proper jewelry and piercing tools, asked me to lie down and place my wrist on the table next to me. Due to the fact that there are all of those important veins and whatnot in wrists, Trey seemed to be extra careful about pulling the skin upwards and ensuring that nothing that shouldn't be pierced was in danger, and after doing so, he began the process of anchoring my wrist. As far as what he did exactly, I can't be quite sure, because my view was blocked, for the most part. The pain wasn't too terrible, and I'm not someone who has had a lot of work done, so I'm not too
used to the sensation.. My only other piercings are in my ear lobes and cartilage, and I have one lettering tattoo on the back of my shoulder. Basically, it felt like he was inserting a needle to draw blood, but much lower. With deep breathing, I barely noticed it at all. When inserting the anchor, he said the skin was much more elastic on the underside than the upper, so he had a bit of trouble making it stay, and spent just under ten minutes pushing it into my skin with so much effort that he was actually shaking. He's never had anything anchored, and when he asked how it felt, the only thing I could really think to compare it to is being pinched really hard by someone with longer nails, though if you've ever been pinched by a small crab before, I found it a comparable experience as well. It bled quite a bit, from what I could see, but once the jewelry was firmly in, everything was okay. My hand went slightly numb while he was trying to get the anchor to stay, but I've had it in for a little less than two weeks now, and haven't had any pain or infection at all. I went back last night to get him to check it and screw the top piece back in (I got it caught up in my hair and accidentally pulled it out) just to be safe, and he said that it was healing really well.
In regards to aftercare, I washed it off with Dial Gold soap and kept it bandaged for nearly a week straight. It barely bled after the jewelry was in, and just a bit of clear oozing the day after.
My only complaint is that when I decided where to place the anchor, I looked down and chose the center of my wrist, about two inches from my hand, but depending on how my arm is positioned, it often looks off-center. Oh well, though.
So far, a lot of people find it odd, but those who like piercings and modification are interested in the process seeing as it's still not as popular as other types of piercings. Either way, I'm fairly pleased with the way it turned out.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 30 June 2008
in Surface & Unusual Piercing