Blog By M. Mitera

While not as popular as they used to be, surface piercings still do make themselves apparent every so often. And why shouldn’t they? They’re pretty awesome! There are many options to choose from when it comes to the design tops you can choose from, ranging from gems to solid gold pieces. However, there are a few important things to remember about surface piercings before you get one. Surface piercings are not for a novice piercee, as they require much attention and care to ensure their lifespan.

First, there are two different types of piercings that lay on the surface of the skin. The first being a microdermal. This kind of piercing is utilizes a small “foot”, with a post sitting perpendicular. The gem threads in to the post, while the foot of the microdermal lays under the skin, anchoring the jewelry in place. Unlike a traditional piercing, a microdermal doesn’t go through anything and instead uses the layers of the skin to hold the jewelry, rather than a front and a back or a top/bottom ball. Unfortunately for microdermals, their lives can be short lived. Because the jewelry doesn’t go through a part of the body, if they get snagged, they tend to begin the process of migrating outwards. Some people can manage to have the microdermals for 10+ years, while others can’t hold them for more than a year. There is unfortunately no way to tell how long an individual will be able to have a microdermal. We usually tell our clients that these are a semi-permanent piercing.

On the other hand, there are surface bars. This style of piercing tends to have a longer lifespan than a microdermal because it is a bar with two posts, shaped like a staple. Since there is more to anchor the jewelry in place, a surface bar snag won’t cause migration as quickly as a microdermal. However, having two gems instead of one can sometimes be problematic if one of them gets snagged, the other side might begin to get irritated as well. As long as you’re careful, however, surface bars are our preferred alternative to microdermals. It is very important to remember, however, that there is very specific style of jewelry that should be used for this piercing. If the jewelry you are shown in a curved barbell, that is incorrect. Your body has a much higher chance of rejecting that style of jewelry, as the shape is not ideal for a surface piercing. Be sure to double check that the jewelry being used for your new surface adornment is shaped like a staple. If it is not, ask for it and if it’s not available, it is recommended that you find a different piercer who will use the correct jewelry.

Whichever type of surface piercing you choose to get, it’s always a good idea to be careful in the area where they are. Remember seat belts, high waisted clothing, shirt collars, and even your hair. As long as you’re aware of these things and take great care of them, surface piercings of either style can be a great addition to your collection of adornments. If you have any other questions about this piercing or others, please feel free to give us a call or stop by the shop to speak with one of our piercers!