Dermal Skin Diver
A question that we are often asked what a Dermal Skin Diver is and what the difference is between a Skin Diver a Dermal Anchor and a Surface Piercing.
A Skin Diver is a gem on a stem with a small arrow shaped base. The base has no holes so it can be easily removed or knocked out. The gem on the top of a skin diver cannot be changed.
A Dermal Anchor again is a gem on a stem but its base is bigger, more like a foot. The base has holes in it to allow the tissue to entwine through the base anchoring it into your body. An Anchor should be considered a permanent piercing and will probably need to be surgically removed when you decide to retire your piercing. There is also a Skin Diver Wheel, which is a cross between the Anchor and the Diver as the base whilst smaller than the Anchor has holes in the base to enable tissue to secure the jewellery; this should also be considered a permanent piercing also requiring possible surgical removal. The gems can be changed on both the Anchor and Wheel.
Surface Piercings are very much as they sound and are when a piercing sits long ways under the surface of the skin. Surface piercings can be difficult to heal and are more likely to be rejected (grow out). Surface Piercing’s can also leave scarring, and not just around the entrance/exit but along the length of the bar.
A Dermal piercing is a single point piercing, which can be placed virtually anywhere on the body. With popular placements for Dermal Piercings being on the hips, wrists, neck and chest (cleavage). Because of how the piercing is performed they can be placed very close together and can be used to create patterns or to enhance a tattoo.
Whilst we said earlier that the Anchor and Wheel should be seen as permanent, your body can reject piercing’s for a number of reasons, and knocks to the area can be the cause of the rejection of your implant. With care, especially in the early day’s, they do have the potential to last a long time.
Positioning of a Skin Diver should be considered, whilst placement on the hand or hips is popular both positions are likely to be knocked which can cause them to either migrate or to be actually knocked out. It is recommended that for the first two weeks of having a Skin Diver fitted that you treat the site with great care. Skin Diver’s can also be used to enhance your tattoos, but care needs to be taken, as when you either retire or knock your piercing there is a possibility that you will also remove a small section of your ink, which may need to be repaired by your tattooist once the piercing site, has healed.
A Dermal Punch/Biopsy Punch is used to fit a Skin Diver or Anchor, where a plug of tissue is removed. The jewellery is then carefully fitted. Bleeding should be minimal, but this can be dependant on positioning and the individual. A Dermal Piercing is likely to heal quicker than a surface Piercing, as that is not as much trauma to the skin and tissue.
When you decide to retire your Skin Diver you can usually do this by massaging the area, like wobbling a tooth out. By not rushing this process you are likely to reduce any risk of scarring; massaging the area will also help to reduce the any scarring. Scarring for a Skin Diver should be no bigger than a chicken pox scar, or leave a slight discolouration to the skin.