Surface Piercing or Dermal | The Better Choice Pt. 1

Surface Piercings or Dermal Piercings

If you are new to piercing and body art, the chances are high that you have heard of these two forms of piercings and are wondering what sets them apart from each other.  While each bears its marked peculiarity from the other, in reality, both surface and dermal piercings when done correctly can be breathtaking and equally charming.

Surface Piercings

A surface piercing is one where the piercing path passes below the skin, the term surface indicating that such a piercing is just underneath the skin, in its first layer. Surface piercings don’t reach the dermis of the skin, and since the layer through which they transcend is usually thin, they have two pierced points; the entry point and the exit (anchor) point.

Surface piercings are known to inflict a significant amount of strain on the skin since they directly anchor to it. As a result, they are prone to body rejection, scenarios where the body naturally pushes the piercing out of your skin (in the same way it removes splinters) are common.


Dermal Piercings

In a dermal piercing, the pierced bore passes through the superficial part of the skin before anchoring to its dermal layer. Dermal piercings are single point, what this means is that they have just an entry point. And unlike surface piercings that anchor to the skin by exiting at another point, dermal piercings anchor directly in the dermis of the skin. Such a dermal anchor is more robust and coupled with the fact that the piercing extends deeper into the skin, rejection rates are lower than with surface piercings.

Dermal Sternum
Derrmal Pic

When getting either of these piercings you should take a number of factors into consideration. The cost of the piercing, the location of the piercing, and which one you’re going to get. Both piercings may be fashionable, but the ultimate decision maker of this piercing is the body.  Remember, if you’re getting either piercing, follow the aftercare instructions given by the piercing so that you can avoid any infections.