Microdermal Piercing Aftercare

When it comes to body piercing, proper aftercare is crucial for ensuring optimal healing and minimizing the risk of infection. Microdermal implants, also known as dermal anchors, are small titanium jewellery pieces inserted into the skin, featuring a protruding stem onto which various attachments can be fitted. It’s essential to leave the initial attachment in place for a minimum of three months or until the piercing has fully healed, after which different jewellery pieces can be attached.

The healing time for piercings varies based on factors such as the type and location of the piercing, as well as individual differences. During the initial weeks, it’s common for the pierced area to exhibit redness, tenderness, and swelling.

Infection is a potential risk with any body art, including microdermal implants. To minimize these risks, it’s crucial to follow aftercare advice provided by your practitioner. General hygiene practices play a significant role in reducing the risk of infection. This includes:

  1. Hand Washing: Always wash your hands thoroughly before touching the microdermal implant or the surrounding area.
  1. Keeping the Implant Clean: Regularly clean the microdermal implant as per the aftercare instructions provided by your practitioner.

If you’re considering specific piercings such as Madonna lip piercing or microdermal face piercing, it’s essential to be aware that healing times may vary. Consulting with your practitioner and adhering to their guidance is key to a successful and safe piercing experience.

For those interested in microdermal tattoos or combining tattoos with microdermal piercings, it’s important to prioritize both the tattoo and piercing aftercare routines for overall well-being.

Remember, while embracing body art is exciting, responsible aftercare practices are fundamental to the longevity and health of your piercings.

Hand Washing Tips for Piercing Aftercare and Infection Prevention

When it comes to reducing infection risks, hand washing stands out as the most critical practice, especially for new piercings. To ensure optimal hygiene and minimize the risk of infection, follow these essential hand washing tips:

  • Prioritize Hand Washing: Before touching the affected area, it’s crucial to wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Effective Hand Washing Technique: Use warm water and liquid soap for a thorough hand wash.
  • Complete Drying Process: Always dry your hands completely using a clean towel or paper towel. This step is vital in removing most germs and preventing their transfer to the affected area.

A new piercing is likely to exhibit tenderness, itchiness, and slight redness, which are normal symptoms that can persist for a few weeks. Additionally, a pale, odourless fluid may discharge from the piercing, forming a crust. It’s important to note that this discharge is not pus and does not necessarily indicate infection.

To distinguish between normal healing processes and potential infection, stay vigilant for signs such as persistent redness, excessive swelling, and unusual discharge with an unpleasant odour. If in doubt, consult your practitioner for guidance.

By incorporating proper hand washing techniques into your piercing aftercare routine, you enhance the chances of a smooth healing process. Remember, maintaining good hand hygiene is a simple yet effective way to safeguard your new piercing.

As you embark on your piercing journey, prioritize hand washing as a fundamental step towards a healthy and infection-free healing experience.

Essential Microdermal Implant AfterCare

Clean twice daily; excessive cleaning harms the skin. Soak in warm salt water as advised by your practitioner.

Prepare warm salt water (1/4 tsp sea salt in a shot glass of warm water). Apply as a compress, dabbing with gauze for thorough cleaning.

Soften discharge, if encrusted, by submerging in warm salt water. Dry with disposable paper towel; never use communal towels.

Avoid overcleaning; do not change the cap until fully healed. No cotton wool, picking at discharge, twisting the piercing, or wearing abrasive clothing.

For two weeks, no sunbeds; if using, cover with a breathable plaster. No swimming for 24 hours post-piercing. When unsure, seek advice from your practitioner.

Handling Accidental Damage or Loss of Microdermal Implant Disc

Contact your practitioner immediately if the implant gets caught or damaged. In case of disc breakage or detachment, promptly return to the practitioner for immediate replacement.

If the disc is not replaced promptly, there is a risk of the implant getting lost under the skin, necessitating removal. Act swiftly to address any issues and ensure the proper function and retention of the microdermal implant.

Signs of Infection

Identifying Signs of Piercing Infection:

While oral piercings can be a stylish form of self-expression, it’s crucial to be vigilant for signs of infection. If appropriate aftercare is neglected, infection may occur. Familiarize yourself with the following indicators:

  • Increased Swelling and Redness: Watch for swelling and redness that progressively intensifies around the piercing site.
  • Severe Burning and Throbbing Sensation: Be cautious if you experience a severe burning and throbbing sensation around the piercing, as this may indicate an infection.
  • Heightened Tenderness and Pain: Increased tenderness, especially when touched, can be a sign of infection. If the piercing becomes increasingly painful, it’s essential to take notice.
  • Unusual Discharge with Offensive Smell: Pay attention to any unusual discharge, particularly if it is yellow or green and has an offensive smell. These are potential signs of infection.


If you observe any of the above symptoms or have concerns about infection or allergic reactions, take the following steps immediately:

  • Contact Your Practitioner: Reach out to your piercing professional promptly to discuss your symptoms and seek advice on next steps.
  • Seek Medical Attention: If the signs of infection are severe or if you have any doubts, seek immediate medical attention.
  • Allergic Reaction Concerns: If you suspect an allergic reaction to any products used during the piercing process, consult your practitioner or seek medical assistance.


Prompt action is crucial when it comes to potential piercing infections or allergic reactions. Early intervention can prevent complications and contribute to a smoother healing process. If in doubt, always prioritize your health and well-being by seeking professional guidance.

For Further Information

Reporting Concerns: Contacting Health Authorities for Piercing Safety

If you have concerns about piercing safety or suspect any issues related to hygiene and health standards, it’s essential to take prompt action. Follow these steps to report concerns:

  • Contact Your Local Environmental Health Department: Reach out to your local Environmental Health Department to report concerns about hygiene, cleanliness, or any potential violations in piercing establishments.
  • Get in Touch with Public Health England Health Protection Team: If you believe there are broader health-related concerns, contact your local Public Health England Health Protection Team.

This Information is provided by: Public Health England, North West Public Health England, East Midlands Tattoo and Piercing Industry Union

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