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My dermal anchor experience

I'm not generally the type of person you would think to have piercings-- but I like to surprise people.  I had been talking about getting dermal anchors with a friend from work for almost a year.  I knew that they were expensive, and that they were also very permanent.  I never rush into getting something pierced.  Then, it seemed like the perfect opportunity; a Saturday afternoon, I had just been paid, AND I had a friend to hold my hand.  I called up my friend from work, Corry, and asked her if she would like to come along as well, and of course she wanted to.

I was pretty excited about getting my dermal.  When I find a piercing I really like, and decide that I want, I always wait a couple months to make sure that I actually still want it.  I also have a bleeding disorder, where my blood just doesn't clot as fast, which can make things a little complicated, luckily it mostly affects my mucus membranes like my nose and mouth. I still hadn't decided where I was going to get it/them.  I was going back and forth between either one on my nape, or one on each side of my collarbone.  When we arrived at Blue Lotus, the butterflies set in.  I'm used to having a needle shoved through various parts of my ears and face, but I had no idea what to expect with this, I had no idea what it would feel like.  I generally rather like the feeling during/after being pierced.  I think I'm becoming addicted to the adrenaline.

When the piercer, Myke, stepped out and introduced himself, I was instantly at ease, he had pierced me many times before, and I was completely comfortable with him.  He took us all into the private piercing room, explained all the sterilization procedures, and then the piercing procedure, and answered any question we had at the moment.  He also gave us a speech informing us about the permanence of dermal anchors, and wanted to make sure that we really truly did want them.

I had decided on a single dermal on my nape.  So, Myke has me sit up straight, and he marked where he believed it was centered, and had Corry, and my other friend check it.  When we were all satisfied with the placement, he had me lie on my stomach, with my chin pushed into my chest, to make my neck as flat as possible.  I was told to breathe in, and out, and in and out, and then one more time, and as I breathed out he used the dermal punch to take out a piece of skin, he then got the dermal in, I'm not entirely sure how, I just remember there being a lot of pressure, and then a POP and it was done.  The most painful part was the fact that my nose was being pushed into the doctor's table thing I was lying on.  He cleaned me up, let me look at it, and then put a bandage on it in case it bled.  Then it was Corry's turn.  She was getting three dermals on her nape.

I watched, because I was very curious. I remember thinking that it looked a lot more painful than it actually felt.  And the end result was beautiful.  He went over the aftercare with us, and made sure we didn't have any more questions, and we paid, and were on our way.

I was told to do sea salt soaks twice a day for three months.  However, after about a month there were no more crusties, and it felt really good.  Actually, there was never and pain with this piercing.  So, I've been slacking in soaking, but since it hasn't been bugging me, I'm not too worried about it.

The only thing that irritated it while healing was at work I have to wear a collared button-up shirt, and my dermal is placed high enough that sometimes the top of my collar catches it.  It doesn't hurt, but I can feel it, and its not entirely pleasant.  I remember two years ago, when I got my first "real piercing" Myke had told me, "piercings are like a can of pringles.  Once you pop, you just can't stop."  I didn't believe him at the time, but now looking back on it, I always get that new piercing itch after my newest piercing has healed.  And when I got this dermal, he also warned me of how addictive these could be.  The ease of the procedure, and also the fact that they can be placed nearly anywhere definitely make these addictive.  I already have an idea of where I want my next ones.   My next goal: get a haircut to show off my new piercing!


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 17 Jan. 2001
in Surface & Unusual Piercing

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