Does it hurt?
These definitely feel unlike any other piercing, but they are not any more painful. They mostly feel like an intense pressure as the jewelry is inserted, and after that feel normal. Anyone planning on multiple in one session or close to each other should expect that may be a bit more intense.
Why won’t you pierce my finger/wrist/toe?
Sure, technically you can put an anchor or surface bar virtually anywhere. But that doesn’t mean that those placements will last more then a few months, heal well, or leave a small scar. Often times we have already see what can happen with these piercings in unrecomended placements and that’s why we won’t offer them. We like to only offer piercings with a 10/10 success rate for our clients.
But I really want it there, and I saw a photo of one!
Unfortunately even if you want it, if it’s a bad or unsafe idea our piercers still don’t feel comfortable doing it on you. The tricky thing with surface piercings is you can put them anywhere, and initially in photos they look fine. This leads to many people seeing photos of piercings that are generally bad ideas and thinking they can safely get them. We have been doing this a long time, and both of our piercers have experimented with varieties of surface work. We have a pretty good idea of what will and won’t heal and be a successful piercing.
I heard these have to be surgically removed?
Urban legend. Removing them is actually quite simple. For a Microdermal, usually just a tissue massage and the anchor pops right out like unbuttoning a button. Sometimes they can be a bit tricky to work out, but they should never require a scalpel or surgery. A surface bar just slides out of the skin, with only a small pinch. Both are easy to remove.
What about scars?
Like any wound, surface piercings do leave scars on the skin. As long as you cared for them well scars left behind should be very minimal. If you are unhappy with the look of your scars we can recommend a local dermatologist we work with who can help reduce them.
Will you pierce me with tygon/ptfe/a curved barbell?
NO! These are all very very outdated methods of doing surface work and they do not heal. These styles cause too much pressure on the sides of the wounds, and eventually push out of the skin as seen in this diagram.