Blog By M. Mitera
These days, we tend to remove more microdermals than we put in. Unfortunately, they are part of the semi-permanent group of piercings and with their temperamental nature, many of our clients have opted out of getting them. Clients usually come in pretty nervous to get their microdermals removed because of some crazy rumor they’ve heard about the process. The most common misconception is that there is a scalpel involved and the jewelry must be removed by a doctor. This isn’t the case. We can remove microdermals right here at Spider-Bite Body Piercing and it’s about the same as getting them put in.
Microdermals sit in a pocket made by a needle under the skin. On the surface, they have the gem which is what people see. What isn’t immediately shown to the eye is the post and foot underneath the gem. The gem screws on to a small post, which is attached to another piece of titanium that is inserted under the skin. As said above, this acts like a “foot” or a little anchor and holds the jewelry in place. If a microdermal gets snagged, however, the trauma can dislodge the microdermal and start the process known as migration. Once a microdermal starts to migrate out of the skin, it is time to retire it.
When it comes to removing the microdermals, it is a very simple process. Everything is set up just like it was as if the piercer were about to do a fresh piercing. Using a needle, the piercer will make small incisions above the foot of the microdermal while gently pulling up on the microdermal gem. As the microdermal foot becomes more and more visible, the piercer is able to essentially lift the microdermal out of its small pocket and remove it completely. What’s left behind is a small mark that looks almost like a bug bite. It’s important to care for this wound while it heals. Treat it like it was a new piercing. Keep it clean, avoid touching it, and make sure to not mess with it!
Healing a removed microdermal is a three step process. For the first few days, you have an open wound. As said above, treat it like a fresh piercing. It’s also a good idea to pick up some of the small square bandages that seal all the way around and keep the wound covered for the first three or four days. Once the wound completely scabs over, you can apply NeoSporin to the area to make sure it stays clean. And once the scab heals and falls off, you can gently apply Vitamin E oil to the area to help the skin gain back it’s color and elasticity after the piercing is removed.