Dermal anchor aftercare is very similar to surface piercings in the way that you will find some bruising around the area as well as tenderness and swelling.
But the one thing you do differently is for the first week you will need to keep it covered with micropore tape.
This tape is found in a lot of first aid kits or you can pick it up for about 60p in a chemist or superstore. You mustn’t just apply the tape to the dermal because when you peel it off to clean it, it could pull at the jewellery, you have to fold over a separate piece in the middle so its not sticky where the jewellery sits.
It should look like a standard plaster. The reason why we want you to use micropore tape instead of a stand plaster is because micropore tape is breathable and wont just trap all the moisture and bacteria like a plaster would.
The micropore tape will work as a barrier to things like clothing catching on the new dermal implant and also hold the jewellery in place a little stronger while it heals.
You will still need to clean your dermal anchor twice a day like any other piercing and every time you clean it you will need to put on a new micropore plaster that you have made, and keep your fingers away from it, and make sure it is completely dry before you cover it up again, but you will only need to cover the dermal for the first week.
To clean your new piercing we strongly recommend that you use a 0.9% sterile saline solution spray like Neilmed piercing aftercare/wound wash.
This is a sterile saline solution fine mist spray, which we stock at Bloody Marys.
You will need to clean your piercing twice a day. This might sound like a lot of work, but if you follow our instructions it will take you almost no time at all and your healing time will be reduced dramatically.
- Make sure your hands are clean before cleaning your piercing, never touch your new piercing with dirty hands and certainly don’t pull it or twist it
- Spray your Neilmed straight onto your new piercing, holding the can about 15cm away from the piercing. You can hold the can at any angle
- Take a clean, dry piece of kitchen roll or cotton bud and pat the piercing and area around it dry, do not rub (don’t use toilet roll or tissue as they have lots of fibres and can get into your new piercing which will cause problems)
- The drying part is just as important as the cleaning. Any residual moisture left around the new piercing will become stagnant, cause irritation, collect bacteria and is one of the more common causes of piercing bumps
- For an inner oral piercings, tongue/tongue webbing/smiley we suggest you use a non alcoholic mouthwash twice a day, please see our tongue piercing aftercare for full directions