My first microdermal!
About a year ago, me and my friend decided to get ourselves some new piercings. I settled upon another lip piercing, while my friend being more adventurous (and a lot more brave) than me, chose a surface piercing, on the nape of her neck.
She left it up to me to make the appointment, so I phoned up and spoke to Sean. He asked me whether my friend wanted her neck doing with a bar, or with a microdermal. She wanted a bar, but I was curious as to what a microdermal was, so he explained. I carried on with my booking, but the seed was planted - I spent rest of the day contemplating getting a microdermal. I already have a heart tattoo on the back of my neck, and I decided that a stud inside it would look pretty cool. The next morning, I phoned them again and I asked them if I could change my booking.
So, a few days later we made our way to Blackpool, and headed over to the studio. We've been to this studio many times, and the service always remains the same - extremely professional, knowledgeable, and very friendly (which, unfortunately, doesn't seem to be the case with a lot of studios I've visited), and there's always a very relaxed atmosphere. Sean talked my friend and I through our procedures, making sure we understood the risks involved, and he answered all of the questions that we had. He then checked out my neck to see if it was suitable for an anchor, which luckily it was, then applied the numbing gel. He also showed me one of the studs. It was tiny, but it was still a little daunting to think that within the next hour or so, it was going to be inside my neck. We paid our money (If memory serves, it was £45 for a single microdermal, £80 for a pair), then hit the shops for an hour. It wasn't exactly a fun experience though, as I spent the whole time thinking about
what lay ahead. We also had a bite to eat, under Sean's orders!
When we returned, I wanted to get it over and done with, so I was the first to get pierced. First, he sterilised and marked the area, and made sure I was happy with the placement. Then I laid face down on the bed, and Sean got to work. I was very nervous, but he was extremely reassuring, and soon put me at ease. At first it was more uncomfortable than anything, and his pinching hurt more than the procedure itself. Then I felt - and heard - a 'pop' underneath my skin, which was probably the most painful part of the procedure, but it was nowhere near unbearable (and I am a huge girl when it comes to pain). Then he screwed the jewel on the top, put dressing on, and it was done! It probably took around 2 minutes.
After my friend took her turn, he sat us down and took us through the aftercare procedure, and then we went on our way! I've had it done for about a year now, and while my friend's bar has grown out (as she was told in advance would probably happen), mine's still sitting pretty, and most likely will forever! I've had no problems with it at all, it didn't even ache during the initial healing period.
I haven't changed the stud yet, as I'm pleased enough with the tiny jewel that was put there initially, but I have been told that it is pretty simple to do. Although, with it being on the back of my neck, I'll probably have to ask a friend to do it for me.
It is a very attractive piercing, and it would be very discreet if it wasn't for my tattoo. Even my mother, who generally dislikes most forms of body modification, is really pleased with it. She originally thought I was insane, but now she always asks to see it. I don't tend to wear my hair up very often, but whenever anyone catches a glimpse of it, the first question they ask is "where does it come out"? Although I did have one drunk man ask me if it was pierced straight through my neck, and if my labret piercing was where the it came out on the other side.
I was also a little worried about catching the stud on necklaces, or on clothing. It does happen now and again, but definitely not as often as I thought it would.
I never hesitate to recommend the studio to anyone that asks me about my piercings. There are a few piercing studios in my town, and Blackpool is a 2 hour train journey away, but I'm continually impressed by their work, so it's always the first place I think of when I want more work doing!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 21 Dec. 2008
in Surface & Unusual Piercing