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Microdermal implants or dermal anchors are small pieces of jewellery inserted into the skin with the stem protruding above, onto which an attachment of your choice is fitted.

 

This attachment should remain in place for a least three months or until the piercing has fully healed.Once it has fully healed other pieces of jewellery can be attached. As with all body art, infection is a risk. To reduce these risks take advice from your operator regarding aftercare. The risk of infection can be greatly reduced by good general hygiene including:

 

· Hand washing before touching the implant

 

· Keeping the implant clean.

 

Hand Washing

 

Hand washing is the single most important method of reducing infection. Hands must be washed prior to touching the affected area, therefore reducing the risk of infection. Wash your hands in warm water and liquid soap; always dry your hands thoroughly with a clean towel or paper towel. This should remove most germs and prevent them being transferred to the affected area.

 

Keeping the Piercing Clean

 

The implant needs to be cleaned twice a day with warm water. Cleaning more frequently may damage the skin and slow down the healing process.

 

Your operator may also advise you to soak the implant in salt water twice a week.

 

To clean the site you will need:

 

· Warm water

 

· Cotton pads and kitchen roll.

 

Do not use cotton wool as the fibres in the cotton wool may get caught in the implant. Dab the area using the warm water and the clean cloth or gauze; make sure the area under the disk is cleaned as this may become encrusted.

 

If the area around the implant becomes encrusted submerge the area in warm water and loosen using clean floss. After cleaning, pat the area dry with a piece of kitchen roll. Always dry the area thoroughly after cleaning your implant.

 

Apply pressure to the piercing for a couple of minutes every day to reduce the risk of rejection.

 

Loss of Disc

 

In the unlikely event the disc comes off, please return to the operator and have a new disk fitted immediately. If the disc is not replaced the implant may get lost under the skin and will require removal.

 

Signs of Infection

 

If appropriate aftercare is not followed infection may occur. The signs of infection are:

 

· Swelling and redness that increases around the wound.

 

· A severe burning and throbbing sensation round the site.

 

· Increased tenderness and increasingly painful to touch.

 

· An unusual discharge (yellow or green) with an offensive smell.

 

If you have any concerns regarding piercing please contact us or seek medical attention.

 

The Belly Bar

MICRODERMAL AFTERCARE