My Precious Dermal
I've seen dermal anchors before, only I didn't know they were called dermal anchors. They fascinated me, I always wondered how they stayed in place. The first time I ever saw one was at a concert on a girl who had been hanging out with us, she had a tiny little diamond under her right eye, I wondered about it but was too timid to ask. The second time was at work one day, I decided to take a trip to the nearby liquor shop on my lunch break to browse the tattoo magazines they had in stock. They all had people covered in beautiful artwork on their covers, but there was one in particular that stood out to me. A gorgeous young girl with a diamond half an inch below her collarbone. I wanted that, no, I needed that!
Finding out what it was called and getting it was my mission! I went home that night and hopped on the computer, it didn't take long for me to find its name and tons of information regarding the procedure along with its pros and cons. The next day after work, I road over to my friends house and showed him my new intriguing idea. He was friends with a couple of professional piercers so he said he would talk to a few of them to see if they could do it. Success! He was able to find someone with the necessary skills available, so I made an appointment on the day of my next paycheck.
It was a little after 7 p.m. on a Friday when we drove down to a shop I'd been to a few times before, Propaganda, to meet up with Chacho. I was already extremely nervous, like I always am. I'm a wuss when it comes to getting new mods but I've never let it stop me from trying new things. I waited a couple minutes while he began to prep his tools and such, by the time he called me to his table my palms were completely soaked. He told me to lie down and just relax, which was a little hard considering I had about five people with cameras surrounding me wanting to see the procedure done first hand.
I was expecting a great deal of pain, but I didn't care, I just wanted my dermal! He marked the area where I told him I wanted it, which was about an inch above my tattooed collarbone. He talked me through the whole thing, from telling me what I should expect next to asking how I was doing. Although the worse part came when I felt the jewelry being maneuvered under my skin, it honestly wasn't as bad as I had anticipated. I hardly bled at all, which was due to Chacho's quick techniques. After it was all done he covered it in gauze to keep the jewelry in place, but I couldn't help but take it off to get a good look at my new mod a few minutes after we left. I was careful not to touch it and prevent it from getting caught on anything, with all the horror stories I read about, I wasn't taking any chances.
I got home that night and hopped in the shower, I was a tad bit paranoid so I barely let the water touch the tiny diamond. After I was finished in the shower, I dried off and walked to the bathroom mirror to take yet another good look at my precious new dermal. It looked a bit crooked and when I touched it, it felt really loose. I got closer to the mirror and poked at it once more before the diamond fell off! I panicked like hell! Here I was sitting practically naked on my bathroom counter with the screw on diamond in the palm of my hand and an even smaller piece of jewelry floating around under my skin! I sure as hell didn't want my skin closing up without the surface diamond attached to it while I was sleeping, so I did what I thought was my only option, which I DO NOT recommend to anyone.
I took a pair of tweezers and went fishing under my own flesh in search of the jewelry's backing. I tried as best I could to sanitize everything I used by dipping them in rubbing alcohol. It took me over an hour to bring the opening of the jewelry under my skin to the actual opening of my skin, then I had to somehow screw this tiny little diamond into the threaded tunnel sticking out of the opening. This was definitely the first sign of rejection, but all I could do after I pieced together all the tiny particles of jewelry was wait and see. It's been over three months now and luckily I still have a healthy dermal anchor.
I would definitely recommend this procedure to anyone, on account that they make sure the jewelry is completely screwed in before they leave the studio!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 29 May 2008
in Surface & Unusual Piercing