Aftercare for anchors

March 3, 2009


Whatever you call these piercings,* whether “microdermals,” “dermal anchors,” “surface anchors” or  “single point piercings,” they are a slightly different animal than traditional piercings.

(ETA:  this shot is supposed to be of the anchor–not the boobs! Darn things always get in the way!)

Here’s an aftercare tip for these:

For regular piercings, I believe immersion methods of soaking offer the most benefit, which is one reason I don’t like proprietary aftercare sprays.   (Here’s my post on how to do sea salt soaks.)

However, because single point piercings do not have a tunnel, with two exit points which would allow for easy draining, try a compress. A sterile gauze pad which has been soaked in your sea salt solution, applied with a bit of pressure, can help expel any fluid or detritus caught in the piercing better than soaking with a cup. Thanks to John Lopez for this tip. (He gives me so much good stuff!) Another one of my friends uses chamomile tea bags, moistened in hot water, for compresses and loves their soothing effect.  Do this only when needed, and otherwise, Leave It The Hell Alone.

Don’t call ’em “dermals.”

*A note on terminology.  Piercing terminology is a bitch, fractious and confusing, but in this case, the industry is trying to get away from any description which has “dermal” in it, as being too “medical.”  Piercers are not medical practitioners, and have to be careful not to overstep the bounds of unauthorized practice of medicine.  So call ’em surface anchors or single point piercings.

Balls and the Butterfly Effect

January 14, 2009


Slippery balls, lost balls, darn fiddly little balls.

Those little round things on body jewelry–barbells, CBRs, circular barbells, and other threaded ends–sure give piercees a lot of grief.  There’s nothing worse than losing a ball down the drain, or in your sleep, or worse–having a ball fall off and bounce down the hallway at work in full view of all your coworkers.  Believe me, it’s happened.

Ball Handling Tips:

1) Check your balls every day to make sure they’re not loose.

2) Buy quality jewelry that’s been precision machined.

3) If you have a continual problem with your balls falling off, you can try adding something to the threads to make them stickier.  Various piercees have tried beeswax, archery wax, Loc-Tite, or superglue.

Get a Grip

To get a good purchase on your balls, try wearing latex or nitrile gloves.  For slippery oral jewelry, try tearing a bit of paper towel off and using that to handle the balls.  Or, as my friend suggested, you could try these:

grip_135These are sold as “barbell grips” at Steel Navel (from whom I totally stole the picture, but you can buy them here ).

When I saw this, I about fell off my chair laughing.  Those are my “rubber fingers” that I use every day at work!  I’m addicted to the things, and can’t handle paper without them.  It’s a running joke with my coworkers and family.  (If you want a laugh, try handing one of these things to a baby and watch their reaction. )

So, I’m thinking, in some skewed, chaos-theory fashion, I made this happen. Cloud + piercings + rubber fingers = barbell grip!



Top photo courtesy of  Tomsaint11’s   photostream at Flickr.