There are so many (no really: so many) areas of the body that are prime real estate for new piercings and body art. When we talk about the most popular kinds of these, the first that often come to mind are the more traditional — like ear piercings, nose piercings, and navel piercings — but there’s another type that doesn’t get enough attention: dermal piercings.
For the unfamiliar, dermal piercings are a form of body art that’s inserted directly into skin with a gem that sits on the surface of skin like a piece of jewelry. It doesn’t have an entry point or exit like, say, a nose or ear ear piercing.
“I usually refer to them as ‘surface anchors'” Tom Gottschalk, a piercer at Dorje Adornments in Rochester, NY, told POPSUGAR. “They can go in most places that have little to no movement, such as the cheekbone or the back of the neck — basically places where you don’t normally see your skin move.”
Still, there’s so much to know about the trend before you make an appointment. From aftercare instructions to rejection tips to general info on what these even are, we spoke to an expert to get the 411 on everything you should know before getting a dermal piercing.