Posts Categorized: Piercings

CHEEK/DIMPLE PIERCINGS AND WHY I WON’T PERFORM THEM

At my body piercing and jewelry studio in Arlington, Virginia, I get calls fairly often asking if I will do cheek/dimple piercings. I do not do them at this time. There are a few reasons for this decision.

The first reason is that I have had many experiences where people won’t take heed of my aftercare instructions. Cheek piercings may require a few jewelry changes during the healing process. This is due to the likelihood of periods of great swelling. Often, I have found that people won’t listen to this advice and/or think that it will be a free service. While I am concerned about everyone’s health and well-being, I need to charge something for jewelry, supplies, sterilization, etc.

Secondly, quite often, the person wanting the cheek piercings are not anatomically suited for it. The dimples should not be pierced any further back than the first molars. I have tried to explain this to people and have found that it has become easier to just not do them at all.

Third, cheek piercings can be EXTREMELY dangerous! That region of the face contains a host of significant structures, including blood vessels, nerves, and the parotid duct (a conduit for a component in saliva). Piercing into any of these can be disastrous.

Last but not least, if abandoned (and it VERY often is), cheek piercings can cause permanent scars and excessive dimpling of the skin.

PLEASE think about all of the possible complications of this piercing before having it performed. If you do choose to have your cheeks pierced, please make sure that you go to a VERY experienced piercer who has many years of experience and has performed many cheek piercings.

See You On The Sharp End!

~ Craig

Share

TRIPLE FORWARD HELIX PIERCINGS

Triple Forward Helix And Snug Piercings

Triple Forward Helix And Snug Piercings

By far the most commonly asked for cartilage piercings that I have been asked about over the last year are the triple forward helix piercings. There are many misconceptions about these piercings. While I don’t wish to speak ill of anyone, the reason for this is bad information passed along to folks by piercers who have not performed the piercings or have performed them incorrectly.

That being said, let’s straighten these issues out so you can receive great triple forward helix piercings!

First, they are not dermal anchors or surface piercings. They are standard cartilage piercings. if someone tells you differently, run away and don’t let them touch you! While this particular configuration of piercings has recently become very popular, it isn’t “brand new” or overly advanced. If a piercer can’t figure out what is going on with the triple forward helix, it probably says something about their experience and/or understanding of basic body piercing.

Second, I recommend that with these and virtually all piercings that rings NOT be used for initial healing. Rings will tend to move much more than studs do and they will also tend to get bumped/snagged much more often. This combination makes the piercings much harder to heal with rings and greatly increases the likelihood of healing problems and excess scar tissue formation.

Lastly, as with all piercings, insure that your piercer is using quality jewelry. Here at my body piercing and jewelry studio in Arlington, Va, I use ONLY implant grade materials for all body piercings.

See You On The Sharp End!

~ Craig

 

 

 

Share

DERMAL ANCHORS

Dermal Anchors

Dermal Anchors

Dermal anchoring is a single-point pocketing. A small core of skin is extracted using a dermal punch. A small anchor is then inserted under the skin with the top attached with internal threading. It looks like a small single top(usually a gem stone)on the skin.  It is a very simple procedure to have a dermal anchor implanted under your skin. It can be installed almost anywhere on the body. The footing, which is under your skin, has holes in it that your body will grow into and anchor itself into place. Until it has been “anchored” and accepted by your body you will need to be very gentle as to not snag and pull it out. I recommend bandaging the anchor while at home and while sleeping for the first few weeks.  Dermal anchors that I install are made out of grade 23 titanium.  Titanium is the only material acceptable for implantation of dermal anchors.  I also sell a variety of different tops to the dermal anchors that are interchangeable with a universal threading. I recommend that dermal tops not be changed for one year from the time of installation. This gives the skin time to completely grow into the anchor. And remember anytime you buy jewelry from me, I change it for free!  Removing dermal anchors is not as difficult as you may think.  In most cases they may need to be removed with a very small incision. These are small so they are not going to leave a huge scar and in time, become nearly unnoticeable.

See You On The Sharp End!

~ Craig

Share