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Back Dermal Piercings: A Comprehensive Helpful Guide


As a distinctive and fashionable kind of body alteration, back dermal piercings have grown in popularity. These piercings have a striking appearance since they are placed on the skin’s surface as opposed to through it. Understanding the process, aftercare, and possible risks associated with back dermal piercings is essential before making the decision to get one.

Back dimple piercing procedure

Back dimple piercings are considered single-point. That means they have an entry point but don’t have an exit. These are generally considered more difficult to do when compared to other piercings (e.g. nostrils, ears, or nips). That said, it’s uber important you go to an experienced piercer who works in a 10/10 sterile environment.

Once you’ve found your trusted piercer, here’s what to expect at your back dimple piercing appointment:

  1. Your provider will look at your back to see if your dimples are deep enough for piercing.
  2. The piercer will clean, disinfect and mark the areas with a skin-safe marker.
  3. At this point, the piercer will choose between two different techniques depending on which type of back dimple piercing you choose. They might use a clamp-and-needle technique or a skin punch. (More on these options later.)
  4. Your piercer will pierce the dimple and place your chosen jewelry into its new skin-home. They’ll repeat that step for the twin dimple on the other side.
  5. The piercer will disinfect the area one more time.
  6. Your piercer will give you tips on how to care for your above-the-butt ornaments.

1. Procedure and Placement

The back’s flat surface is usually used for back dermal piercings. A proficient piercer will make a tiny pocket beneath the skin with a dermal punch or needle, into which the dermal anchor—which holds the decorative top—is put. To reduce suffering and promote appropriate healing, this calls for accuracy and experience.

2. Jewelry Selection

It’s important to pick the right jewelry for the durability and comfort of dermal piercings on the back. Because surgical steel and titanium are less likely to cause irritation and are biocompatible, they are frequently suggested for use in implants. Tops can be personalized because they are available in a variety of designs.

3. Aftercare

Adequate aftercare is essential following a back dermal piercing. In order to prevent infection and encourage healing, clean the area with saline solution and try not to move or press too hard on the piercing. Frequent visits to the piercer might help to identify and treat any problems early.

4. Healing Process

Although the recovery period for back dermal piercings varies, it often lasts between six weeks and several months. It’s crucial to stay away from exposing the piercing to too much moisture at this time, such as by spending a lot of time submerged in water, and to avoid wearing tight clothing clothes that are too tight.

5. Risks and Things to Think About

Although back dermal piercings can be an exquisite kind of body art, there are some risks. Possible consequences include rejection, migration, and infections. It’s important to be aware of these risks and to get professional help as soon as something goes wrong.

6. Long-Term Care

Constant attention is needed to keep back dermal piercings healthy. Essential procedures include regular cleaning, preventing damage to the region, and paying attention to the condition of the jewelry. Regular examinations by a qualified piercer can assist in addressing any possible issues at an early stage.

Risks of back dimple piercings

Back dimple piercings are generally safe if performed in a sterile environment by an expert body piercer. But there are still some potential probs to look out for. Here’s a rundown of the risks.

  • Infection. Any type of piercing can increase your chance of a skin infection. The risks get higher if the insertion process isn’t performed correctly or if clean tools aren’t used.
  • Displacement. If the anchor isn’t inserted deep enough or if it gets roughed up too much… anchors away! Your little piece of jewelry will sail to a new location under your skin or take off completely.
  • Tissue damage. If the anchor is too deep, it will act like a little wrecking ball, causing damage to surrounding tissue.
  • Rejection. There’s a chance your body will reject your piercing. This happens when your immune system initiates a process that pushes the jewelry out of your skin.
  • Ripping. Nothing like getting your new diver caught on that holiday sweater! Merry ouch. Anything that snags on your back jewelry will potentially rip your skin. So be extra careful wearing loose clothing or when you use a towel.

Signs of an infected back dimple piercing

A little crusting and swelling around the top of piercing is totally normal for the first week or two. However, you might have an infection if you notice symptoms such as:

  • severe pain and swelling
  • skin that feels hot to the touch
  • a foul AF aroma coming from your piercings
  • fever, body aches, or other flu-like symptoms
  • yellow, green, or pus-like ooze coming from the piercing area
  • The piercing hole got wider.
  • The jewelry came out of place.
  • The anchor came out of its little skin pocket.
  • There’s hardening skin forming around the top of your jewelry.
  • The jewelry is droopy or floppy instead of sitting flat on your body.

How to change back piercing jewelry 

Once your piercings look nice and healed — and you have an anchor instead of a diver — you can opt to swap out the top jewelry whenever you’d like.

The catch: Don’t try this at home, kids. Bumping out the anchor foot is harder than it looks, so go back to your trusted piercer to swap out the jewelry for you.

If you decide it’s time retire your piercings, your piercer should handle that for you, too. It’s an easy procedure and far less painful than putting them in. Once they’re out, the holes should close up and heal relatively quickly, though you might have little scars as mementos of your back body mods.

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