Food for Thought

What do you think, a traditional or a microdermal piercing?

I’m not one to shy away from body modification art, I may not be a fan of body suspension or scarification, but to each their own. It’s a different kind of art form to what I prefer, but if people enjoy and can appreciate the modifications to their body, then who am I (or anyone else) to judge what they do to their own bodies? Reputable tattoo studios will not perform procedures without knowing whether you meet the age requirements, and if not if you’ve got parental consent, so if everything’s legal and above board, we can’t judge what other people decide to do with their own bodies and skin.

Maybe it’s because of the recent photos I’ve seen of microdermal piercings posted on the Facebook page for Inkdependent Tattoo (which I’ve visited before to get my quote tattoo), but it’s something I’ve been giving some thought to recently.

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Note: Please note that some of the following images may be considered graphic and disturbing if you don’t like needles and blood.

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The procedure for a microdermal piercing involves using a sterilised hollow needle which is inserted into dermal layer of skin and tissue is removed. The anchor (a metal plate) is then implanted under skin layer for the piercing to be held in place and the step protruding from skin surface holds your jewellery of choice which is screwed into anchor.

Getting a microdermal piercing is a big commitment and you must be sure it’s what you want because once the 1-3 months healing period is done, the piercing becomes permanent. Don’t forget that the piercing is inserted under the top layer of skin, which means tissue will continuously grow where it’s been lost. With the insertion of the needle, your body starts to heal and new tissue will grow around and into the holes of the anchor in the piercing.

A quick guide to how a microdermal piercing just above and in front of the tragus is inserted

If you ever decided that you wanted the piercing removed, you must consult a reliable piercing professional. It is advisable to go back to piercer for this to be removed, unless you have issues with your piercing from the person who performed the procedure in the first place.

The other types I’ve also been thinking about is the tragus or anti- (also known as the forward) helix piercing. Due to the placement of the piercings, can be difficult for healing due to location, but as long as care is taken not to disturb them during the healing process, there have been known to be little to no issues. One of the advantages of the traditional piercing method is because a hole is made through your skin/cartillage, it can be removed yourself at home. The part of your ear would heal just like a normal piercing.

Here are some photos of suggested piercings on different parts of the ear I’ve been thinking about:

Anti- or forward helix piercing (top corner of the ear)

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Helix piercing (the outer edge cartilage part of your ear)

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Tragus piercings (the bit of cartillage just in front of the cup of your ear)

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Depending on the location of your ear and pain tolerance, the piercing can either be a painful or prickly experience. I’ve got a good level of pain tolerance (as I’ve found from getting tattoos in various places) and while a microdermal piercing sounds good, I’m not too sure about the permanency thing. To be honest, I haven’t removed any of the 5 piercings in my lobes (1 on each ear when I was 10, and another 3 when I turned 18) except to change the earring I wanted to wear, but the idea of not being able to remove a microdermal piercing at all myself if I wanted to is a big step I’m not sure if I want to take.

While I’m thinking about what kind of piercing (a traditional tragus one or a microdermal one), I’d like to hear your thoughts! Don’t forget to leave a comment with your stories/experience and vote in the poll below!


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