The Good and Bad of The Dermal Anchor

I recently removed a dermal anchor form a client that due to her job and their restrictions of facial piercings had to come out, so sad.

I have removed several Dermals in the past and while removing this particular piece of jewelry I had a more difficult time unlocking from the pocket. Once I was able to expose the foot of the post I was shocked to see that the foot had not the standard three holes but a long opening similar to that of a transdermal. Now what I discovered during the procedure was that because of the larger opening, more tissue was able to get a good hold on the thin edges of the foot making it more difficult to remove easily and ultimately causing more uneccessary trauma to the underlying tissue.

I don’t like this particular jewelry design nor do I understand why it is appropriate for a single point piercing. My advice to any piercers out there is too not use this design, a simple three holed or non hole plate works just as fine in healing and if and when it needs to be removed it will slide out easier than the previous poorly thought designed dermal.



Lobe Scalpelling 26mm

Today I had the pleasure of meeting a really great person and sincere piercer who came to me to have her lobes scalpelled. She was initially at 22mm and wanted to go as big as possible without stressing the tissue. Considering the multiple piercings along the helix of her ear , which I had to remove a few of the rings to lessen the stress against them once the tunnel was in place, I realistically expected to cut them to 26mm and that is what I ended up installing.

When I scalpel lobes I’m not going to just cut and see what happens, there is a method of planning and execution that results in a well placed scalpelling and my main concern is not just how big I can push it, but more to eliminate the most amount of stress and allow for an easier healing. Now it might not seem that big 22mm to 26mm but I assure you when you stretch out that tissue and measure it by diameter , it’s a big stretch and the skin will show that.

Anyways, this is what I had the pleasure of doing and who I had the pleasure of working with tonight.

Cheers and thanks for looking.




3 Years Later and….

100_7795This poor dermal had to be removed. As you can clearly see in this picture the foot of the post is going titanic and needs to be taken out. I did these just over three years ago. She had mentioned that her hairstylist had accidentally caught it while cutting and styling her hair but it was already on its way out, unfortunate – yes! at least the other one is healthy and well seasoned.

On another note for long term care of pretty much any piercing it is important that all piercings are regularly maintained to keep them free of the ¬†natural build up of dead skin, dirt ¬†and oils that collect in the pocket , if not the build up will ultimately cause an irritation and possible infection. This is usually the case with most dermal that I’ve had to remove, not particularly in this case but in general I always find an excess of built up crud that is definitely not helpful to any piercing. At least on a weekly basis for the duration you keep a piercing, a good gentle massage around the the piercing while showering is helpful to keep the piercing drained and free of build up residue.

Hopefully somewhere down the line in several months I’ll be lucky to have the skin intact enough to withstand being re-pierced, fingers crossed.