While on a break from stretching my ears I began researching different body modifications on BME and became interested in microdermals after reading Shannon's article (http://www.bmezine.com/news/pubring/20061106.html). The way they could be placed anywhere while being (to me) more aesthetically appealing than surface piercings made them the first choice for my next mod. After browsing BME and other sites for information on the procedure and possible locations I talked to my friend Amy about placement. I decided I would like them either at the back of my lower calves or above each wrist. After seeing a photo and appreciating how small and innocuous they could be I decided on the wrist microdermals.
Although beforehand I investigated the process, aftercare and potential problems thoroughly the piercing itself was very spontaneous. Amy and I both finished lectures at the same time and decided to go get them done. I had told too many people what I was planning to not go through with it so backing out wasn't an option, it was just a matter of when.
We went to Primal Urge Piercing and talked to Cam about the procedure and his experience with microdermals; he showed me scars on his arm from one he did to himself which he said was successful, which then prompted discussion on their permanence. The internet had led me to believe they were quite hard to remove, while Cam said he had performed multiple removals on customers and one on himself and believed the pain level wasn't much more than the insertion. While everything was prepared Amy and I read a book on DIY tattoos.
Once everything was ready all three of us went into the room and Cam began marking up where I wanted them. He spent a long time making sure I was completely happy with the placement: for anyone considering wrist microdermals, we found the best way to locate the centre of the wrist was by extending your arm and visually following a line down your middle finger. But then again, the skin on your arm twists a lot depending on arm position. I've freaked myself out once by looking at my arm in the mirror at an odd angle and thinking it was completely off-centre. It wasn't.
Ramblings aside, the spot was marked and everything was ready. I was advised not to watch the first one so I closed my eyes, gritted my teeth and realised I was far over-estimating the pain. It's far more a feeling of pressure than piercing and took less than a minute. After a short break to wipe the blood from the first one Cam prepared for the second one and I decided to watch. I was amazed at how much force was required to pop the anchor in that part's more painful than the piercing but neither are too bad.
Cam was very confident with the piercing and wasn't afraid to use force (apparently I have tough skin) to get the anchor in its correct position. The pain was easily tolerable and despite some shaking I chatted calmly with Cam and Amy right through both piercings. After they were taped up I was given a bottle of 'microshield' to clean it with and a roll of micropore tape.
Despite all my research, I certainly had a few realisations afterwards that I should have seen coming. Mainly, permanent means it doesn't come out. Hopefully, once completely healed, taped over flat disks will allow me to play contact sports without too much danger.
The healing hasn't been completely hassle-free, which is apparently unusual. It was entirely my own fault though: I went clubbing the night I got them and (unsurprisingly) they got knocked around a lot. I had promised my friend who had just returned from Africa that I would make an appearance but nonetheless I left pretty early for fear they'd be ripped right out.
My other mistake was that I didn't pay much attention to how Cam taped them, and at home I was initially too gentle with them. The right anchor started to heal slightly crooked, with the nub tilting towards my hand. I learnt to be very forceful when taping them training them to stay straight. However, a week after the piercing that same one grew angry, swelling up and showing obvious signs of infection. Despite the morning temperature being a maximum of 10 degrees C (50 degrees F) lately I've been going for swims down the beach when I can to help it heal. It's starting to look better now and hopefully it'll be as solid as the left one soon (which is doing great).
Just as Cam suggested it to me, I'd suggest wearing balls rather than discs for fresh piercings. It's hard to clean beneath discs and I was told not to change them for at least 2 weeks. Also, you have to learn to be slightly more careful with your arms (I've had two horribly painful knocks, they were worse than the piercing).
Despite the small infection my experience with these microdermals has been so positive that I'm fairly sure I'll get another set in the future, either on my calves or below my hips. No one who has noticed them has seen microdermals before (I don't have any friends really interested in body modifications) so I've had a few people turning my hand over to see if the piercing comes out the other side of my arm. I've also had someone freak out and think I hammered a nail into my arm. I certainly didn't set out to shock but it's a funny result, if unintended.
Obligatory conclusion for people considering microdermals: my experience was less painful and expensive than I expected and I've grown to like them more than I thought I would. Once both have settled down and I can put the flat discs on both I doubt they'll cause me any problems at all. They're great.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 23 Sept. 2008
in Surface & Unusual Piercing