Microdermal Piercing Information

Microdermal piercings also known simply as microdermal, dermal piercings or single point piercings are a versatile piercing that can be placed almost anywhere on the body! Here is exactly how the procedure is done, all about the jewelry and important notes of aftercare. Keep reading to find out all you need to know.

The Jewelry

When it comes to microdermal jewelry you have less versatility in terms of hoop versus stud that most other piercings have. The jewelry is shaped almost like a ‘j’ or half a ‘h’. On the outside of the body sits the head of the piercing that is screwed onto the anchor. This part is easily changed depending on the style or image you’d like to be shown. Underneath the layer of skin sits the anchor which keeps the piercing from easily falling out of the punched hole.

This anchor is not simply a metal plate that sits within the skin, but includes several holes along it that allow the microdermal layer of skin to grow around it naturally. This continues to help the jewelry from being accidentally removed.

The Cost

This piercing should only be done by a professional piercer. A dermal piercing is not something you want to try and be cheap with. In the United States the average price is $45 up to $100 depending on how many are being done.

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Materials for Body Jewelry

When it comes to piercing jewelry we have so many options to choose from! It’s important to read up on all of the different kinds because often piercers won’t give a crash course in metals when you first get pierced. You’ll need to find out for yourself – whether that means having an allergic reaction to a material that doesn’t fit your piercing or taking a couple minutes to read our easy guide!

 Surgical Stainless Steel

This material is often used in new piercings and while stretching, but it is also a little controversial. It has a small percentage of nickel in it (the better quality, the less nickel) which can be irritable, often causes allergies and does not help infections heal! Yet, it’s still used by most piercers because it can be autoclaved, inexpensive and is easy to find in a million styles.

Stainless Steel Body Jewelry

Titanium

Titanium is what is considered to be the all-end-all of piercing materials. It’s able to be properly sterilized, is light to wear, is more durable than surgical steel, it’s rare to have an allergic reaction to it, and gives off a beautiful metallic shine or anodized to create a range of pretty colors. What more could you want?

Titanium Piercing Jewelry

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Tragus Piercing Questions

The tragus piercing – as we discussed in our post on all of the kinds of ear piercings – is located on the round cartilage flap right outside of the ear canal, partially covering it. It’s hard to miss, it’s usually the first thing you feel when you go to reach your ear! 

The Anti-Tragus Piercing

The anti-tragus is the lesser known sister piercing of the tragus. It sits on the major ear fold opposite the oval flap of cartilage that holds the tragus. It’s important to be sized for an anti-tragus piercing before committing to an anti-tragus as sometimes the section of ear where it sits is too small to be pierced.  

Tragus Piercing Jewelry

Almost any kind of piercing jewelry can be used in a healed tragus piercing. But most commonly used as tragus piercing jewelry are curved barbells, studs and small hoops are worn.

Studs are perfect for a simple, understated look and are great if you’re worried your ear is growing too crowded with piercing. This is a major problem for a healing tragus piercing as it might mean rubbing against other piercings and even catching on them too. Studs can help deal with.

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All about Ear Weights

3/13/2017 1:07 PM

Ear Stretching Ear Weights

Ear weights look so cool, don’t they? But when it comes down to weights there’s a lot more to know than you might think. Not knowing what’s a misconception and what is a fact may lead you down the road of blood loss to your ear lobe, awkward and uneven stretching and even shrinking your ear altogether! Keep reading to avoid wearing ear weights the wrong way!

And if videos are more your style, be sure to check out our video on the topic for another easy guide to wearing ear weights.

They are Not a Stretching Tool!

A common misconception about ear weights is that they’re made for stretching your ears. All ear weights are is another accessory for your ear. If you’re looking to stretch your ears you’re better off using plugs or tunnels.

The way ear weights work in terms of stretching, is that they will only stretch the skin on the very bottom of your ear lobe.

When stretching your ear you would want to avoid this. Stretching the entire diameter of the ear is super important because otherwise this may lead to breakages when the skin begins to thin and even scarier loss of blood flow which may lead to the skin dying off.

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Monroe Piercing Help & Information

The Monroe piercing takes its name from the famous model, actress and singer Marilyn Monroe because its placement mimics her famed beauty mark. When it comes down to it a Monroe piercing is simply a lip piercing that’s located on the upper lip on the left side. It’s a great option for those looking for a piercing style that screams classic Hollywood glamour but with an alternative edge.

Before the Procedure & Aftercare

Before the procedure make sure you are properly cleaning your teeth and inner mouth. Brushing regularly every day and more importantly using alcohol free mouthwash to kill any bacteria hanging around. Get used to this because during healing you will be brushing your teeth and sea salt soaks several times a day.

As with any lip piercing, you will be pierced with larger jewelry in order to allow for swelling. It’s always important aftercare to watch the swelling and size down appropriately in order to avoid any lasting discomfort or issues with gums or teeth that larger jewelry may cause. Check with your piercer before changing sizes in order to make sure you’re not undersizing!

To further guard against depreciation of tooth enamel and gum recession, you can switch to a stainless steel flat back stud with dental acrylic on the back disk after the full healing time. Never change to acrylic jewelry before the piercing is fully healed!

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Sea Salt Soaks

When it comes to aftercare for a freshly healed piercing or fighting an infection or irritation, sea salt soaks are your number one go to! The salt draws out infections and removes bad bacteria, all while leaving all the good stuff that will help your piercing heal. This works on any kind of piercing from microdermal to tongue piercings.

Never Use Harsh Cleansers to Clean Your Piercing

In regaurds to cleaning your new piercing never resort to using harsh cleansers, antibacterial soaps or even hydrogen peroxide. As well as removing all the nasty bacteria from a piercing, they remove all the good stuff too and generally irritate the entire site.

Your Own DIY Salt Sea Soak Recipe

While you can buy bottled aftercare sprays to use on your piercings

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Snakebite Piercing 101

Snake bites are two lip piercings that are positioned underneath the bottom lip on either side of the mouth. If you flip these up onto the top lip they’re called angel bites. They’re an extremely popular type of labret piercing because they resemble where snake fangs would be and can be layered with lots more lip piercings!

Would you try them? Keep reading to find out all you need to know.

Placement and Ring Size is Super Important!

When it comes to snake bite piercings placement is everything. This piercing looses its affect when off center. It should be perfectly placed so that it is even and is mirrored on each side.

Make sure the spots for each piercing are marked out and double or triple check the position is even. The piercer won’t mind, we’re sure!

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Labret Piercing FAQ

2/27/2017 1:48 PM

Labret Piercing FAQ

Labret piercings, more commonly known as simply a lip piercing, is a popular piercing just below the bottom lip. You could say it isn’t a true lip piercing at all in comparison with lip piercings like the vertical labret that's pierced through the lip itself, while a regular labret sits below the lip and above the chin.

Labret Piercing Preparation and Aftercare

Leading up to an oral piercing it can be super handy to gargle with baking soda. This is an easy practice that will kill harmful bacteria that may be hanging around in your mouth. And don’t forget your oral hygiene! It’s just as important to brush your teeth before a labret piercing, as well as afterwards.

2-3 months for basic healing time. 1 - 2 weeks for swelling time.

While the labret is a very common facial piercings, it’s also an oral piercing, which means you need to take extra special care of it! This means salt water soaks regularly after each meal. See our video on body piercing sea salt soaks.

The lip swells a lot during healing – this is when most of the pain occurs. Be careful what you eat during this time as overdoing it might upset the piercing. Focus on cold, soft foods and soups.

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All About Body Jewelry Sizes

While gauge is an incredibly important size to know for someone with piercings, there are other sizes and measurements that can also be important to how comfortable your jewelry is! Here is our guide to getting the comfiest fit.

These are especially helpful when buying jewelry online.

Ball Diameter

Whether you’re opting for a regular old ball closure for your circular barbell, a pointed cone, dice shape, heart or playboy bunny, the diameter of the closing end is important.

For piercings like septum it’s important to know the ball diameter so that you don’t entirely cover your nostrils – it happens!

More generally it’s all in the aesthetics. Why would you want a huge dice on the end of a 16g circular barbell?

How to Measure Ball Diameter

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Body Piercing Information

When getting pierced it’s important to find the right studio for you! Not just because you need to be comfortable with the employees and the price, but because choosing the wrong studio could lead to nasty infections or ending up with a piercing you didn’t want in the first place.

Here are the signs you should be looking out for when choosing where to get pierced:

They Don’t Show Examples of their Work

While getting examples of a studios work is often referred to when getting a tattoo, it can be just as important when getting pierced. Why get pierced when you don’t know what you’ll end up with? Who knows if they’re well known for spreading infections or using dodgy piercings?

They Don’t Use Gloves & Reuse their Needles!

Firstly, gross!

If you see a piercing place reusing needles or piercing without gloves, that’s the first and only sign you’ll need to have you walking right out the door. When getting pierced, hygiene is so utterly important that any piercer that disregards simple tactics like wearing gloves doesn’t actually care about your safety.

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50/50 Stone Plugs Collection 2017

These plugs are awesome! The 50/50 plug collection is bound to attract those who love stone plugs with a unique twist to them. Starting with two colors options, we decided to make the first two styles a color combination that everyone would like. However, if these aren't for you, we will be releasing new combinations in the coming months. They are available in sizes / gauges 00G, 1/2", 9/16", 5/8", 3/4", 7/8", 1 inch, 1 & 1/8" inch, and 1 & 1/4" inch.

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Unique Ear Piercings

Wow, did you know there were so many different kinds of ear piercings? And 17 doesn’t even count the differences when stretching certain piercings and the placement can still vary! It just goes to show how underrated ear piercings are.

But don’t take my word for it. Keep reading to learn all about ear piercings you never knew existed.

The Lobe Piercings

Let’s start with the “basic” or not-so-basic ear piercings.

Standard Lobe – this is the lobe piercing many of us get as children. It can vary in placement, and you can get multiples all over the lobe including the...

Upper Lobe – this piercing goes into cartilage territory, which I think dictates its own entry.

Transverse Lobe – this is a bar piercing that sits through the entire lobe horizontally. It commonly looks like two small balls sitting either side of the lobe.

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