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Dermal Piercing in Nairobi, Kenya

A dermal piercing, also known as a microdermal piercing or a single-point piercing, is a type of body piercing where jewelry is inserted into the dermis layer of the skin. Unlike traditional piercings where jewelry passes through a channel or hole, dermal piercings involve implanting a flat base beneath the surface of the skin, onto which decorative tops can be screwed or attached.


Dermal Piercing

Dermal piercings can be placed almost anywhere on the body, although common locations include the face (such as the cheeks or forehead), chest, back, or even fingers. They are often used for aesthetic purposes and can be a unique way to adorn the body. However, because they involve placing a foreign object under the skin, dermal piercings carry risks such as infection, rejection (where the body pushes the piercing out), and scarring. It’s important to have dermal piercings done by a professional piercer experienced in this type of piercing and to follow proper aftercare instructions to minimize these risks.

Dermal Piercing Procedure

The dermal piercing procedure typically involves several steps and should be performed by a professional piercer experienced in this type of piercing. Here’s an overview of the process:

  • Consultation: Before the procedure, you’ll have a consultation with one of our piercers. During this time, you can discuss the placement of the dermal piercing, the type of jewelry you want, and any concerns or questions you may have.
  • Preparation: Our piercer will clean the area where the piercing will be placed using an antiseptic solution. They may also mark the spot where the piercing will go using a surgical pen.
  • Anesthesia (optional): Depending on your pain tolerance and the location of the piercing, our piercer may offer to apply a topical numbing cream or use a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort during the procedure.
  • Incision: Using a sterile needle or dermal punch, our piercer will make a small incision in the skin where the dermal anchor will be inserted. The size of the incision will depend on the type and size of the anchor being used.
  • Insertion of the Anchor: The dermal anchor, typically made of titanium or another biocompatible material, is then inserted into the incision. The anchor has holes or grooves to allow the skin to grow into it, securing it in place beneath the surface of the skin.
  • Attaching the Jewelry: Once the anchor is in place, our piercer will attach the decorative top or gem to the exposed end of the anchor. This top can be screwed onto the anchor or attached using other methods, depending on the design of the jewelry.
  • Aftercare Instructions: Our piercer will provide you with aftercare instructions to follow to promote healing and reduce the risk of infection or complications. This may include cleaning the piercing with saline solution, avoiding certain activities or products that could irritate the piercing, and keeping the area dry and clean.
  • Follow-up: Our piercer may schedule a follow-up appointment to check on the healing progress of your dermal piercing and make any necessary adjustments to the jewelry.

It’s important to choose a reputable piercer who follows proper sterilization and hygiene practices to minimize the risk of infection and other complications. Be sure to follow all aftercare instructions carefully to ensure proper healing of your dermal piercing.

Considerations before getting a Dermal Piercing

Before getting a dermal piercing, there are several important considerations to keep in mind:

  • Placement: Think carefully about where you want the dermal piercing to be located. Consider factors such as visibility, potential interference with clothing or accessories, and the likelihood of the piercing being subject to trauma or irritation.
  • Professional Piercer: At Rebel Inks Tattoos, Tattoo Removal, and Body Piercings Parlour we have reputable and experienced piercers who follow strict hygiene practices and use high-quality, biocompatible materials. Research piercers in your area and read reviews from previous clients to ensure you’re selecting a skilled professional.
  • Potential Risks: Understand the potential risks and complications associated with dermal piercings, including infection, rejection, migration, scarring, and embedding of the jewelry. While these risks can be minimized with proper care and attention, it’s important to be aware of them before undergoing the procedure.
  • Pain and Discomfort: Be prepared for some level of discomfort or pain during the piercing procedure. While pain tolerance varies from person to person, dermal piercings typically involve less pain than traditional piercings since they don’t penetrate as deeply into the skin.
  • Healing Time: Dermal piercings can take several weeks to months to fully heal. During the healing process, it’s important to follow proper aftercare instructions provided by your piercer to reduce the risk of complications and promote optimal healing.
  • Lifestyle Considerations: Consider how a dermal piercing may impact your lifestyle and daily activities. Certain activities or habits, such as contact sports, wearing tight clothing, or frequent exposure to water (e.g., swimming), may need to be adjusted or avoided during the healing period.
  • Jewelry Options: Explore different jewelry options available for dermal piercings, including decorative tops or gems. Choose jewelry that reflects your personal style and preferences while also considering factors such as material, size, and compatibility with your skin.
  • Budget: Consider the cost associated with getting a dermal piercing, including the initial procedure fee and the price of jewelry. While it’s important not to compromise on quality when it comes to piercing, be mindful of your budget and choose options that are affordable without sacrificing safety or quality.
  • Commitment to Aftercare: Understand that proper aftercare is essential for the success of your dermal piercing. Be prepared to dedicate time and effort to caring for your piercing during the healing process, which may involve cleaning it regularly, avoiding certain activities or products, and seeking professional assistance if any issues arise.

Personal Preference: Ultimately, the decision to get a dermal piercing should be based on your personal preferences, style, and comfort level. Take the time to carefully consider whether a dermal piercing aligns with your aesthetic goals and fits into your lifestyle before proceeding with the procedure.

Dermal Piercing Pain and Healing

The level of pain experienced during a dermal piercing can vary depending on individual pain tolerance, the location of the piercing, and the technique used by the piercer. Generally, dermal piercings are less painful compared to traditional piercings because they don’t involve passing a needle through as much tissue. However, you may still experience some discomfort or a brief stinging sensation during the procedure.

Dermal piercings typically take several weeks to months to fully heal. During the initial healing period, it’s common to experience some swelling, tenderness, and minor bleeding. The exact healing time can vary depending on factors such as the location of the piercing, your overall health, and how well you follow aftercare instructions.

Dermal Piercing Aftercare

Aftercare is crucial for the proper healing and maintenance of a dermal piercing. Here are some general guidelines for dermal piercing aftercare:

  • Keep it Clean: Clean your piercing at least twice a day with a saline solution or a mild, fragrance-free liquid soap and warm water. Gently remove any crust or debris around the piercing site using a cotton swab or pad. Avoid using harsh cleansers or alcohol-based products, as these can irritate the skin and delay healing.
  • Avoid Touching: Minimize touching or playing with your piercing to prevent introducing bacteria or causing irritation. If you need to handle the piercing for cleaning or jewelry adjustment, make sure your hands are clean and avoid excessive manipulation.
  • Don’t Remove Jewelry: Avoid removing the jewelry from your dermal piercing during the initial healing period unless instructed by your piercer or healthcare professional. Removing the jewelry prematurely can lead to closure of the piercing and increase the risk of infection.
  • Protect it from Trauma: Be mindful of activities that could bump, snag, or traumatize your piercing, especially during the first few weeks of healing. Avoid wearing tight clothing or accessories that could rub against the piercing, and be cautious during physical activities such as sports or exercise.
  • Avoid Submersion: Keep your piercing dry and avoid submerging it in water, such as swimming pools, hot tubs, or natural bodies of water, until it has fully healed. Prolonged exposure to moisture can increase the risk of infection and delay healing.
  • Monitor for Infection: Keep an eye out for signs of infection, such as excessive swelling, redness, warmth, pain, or discharge that is yellow, green, or foul-smelling. If you suspect an infection, seek medical attention promptly.
  • Follow Up with Your Piercer: Attend any follow-up appointments scheduled by your piercer to monitor the healing progress of your dermal piercing and make any necessary adjustments to the jewelry. Your piercer can also provide additional guidance or address any concerns you may have.
  • Maintain Good Hygiene: Practice good overall hygiene to support the healing process of your piercing. Avoid using harsh skincare products, perfumes, or cosmetics near the piercing site, as these can irritate the skin.
  • Be Patient: Healing times can vary depending on individual factors such as your overall health, lifestyle, and the location of the piercing. Be patient and allow your body the time it needs to heal properly.
  • Seek Professional Advice: If you have any questions, concerns, or complications with your dermal piercing, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our piercers for guidance and assistance.

By following these aftercare guidelines and being diligent in caring for your dermal piercing, you can help ensure a smoother healing process and reduce the risk of complications.

Dermal Piercing Jewelry

Dermal piercing jewelry comes in various styles and materials to suit individual preferences and needs. Here are some common types of dermal piercing jewelry:

  • Dermal Anchors: Dermal anchors are the base of dermal piercing jewelry. They are typically made of biocompatible materials like titanium or surgical-grade stainless steel. Dermal anchors have holes or grooves to allow the skin to grow into them, securing them in place beneath the skin’s surface.
  • Top Attachments: The top attachment is the visible part of the dermal piercing jewelry that sits on the surface of the skin. These attachments come in a wide range of designs, including flat discs, gemstones, spikes, flowers, stars, and more. They can be made from various materials such as titanium, gold, sterling silver, or acrylic.
  • Flat Discs: Flat disc tops are simple and minimalist options for dermal piercing jewelry. They provide a sleek and understated look, making them suitable for everyday wear or professional environments.
  • Gemstones: Gemstone tops are popular choices for adding sparkle and color to dermal piercings. They come in various shapes, sizes, and colors, allowing you to customize your piercing to match your style or birthstone.
  • Spike or Cone Tops: Spike or cone-shaped tops add an edgy and alternative aesthetic to dermal piercings. These designs are often chosen for their bold and unique appearance.
  • Shapes and Symbols: Dermal piercing jewelry is available in a wide array of shapes and symbols, including hearts, stars, moons, crosses, animals, and more. These designs allow you to express your personality and interests through your piercing.
  • Custom Designs: Some piercers offer custom-made dermal piercing jewelry, allowing you to create one-of-a-kind pieces tailored to your preferences. This option is ideal for individuals looking for personalized and unique jewelry.
  • Internally Threaded vs. Externally Threaded: Dermal piercing jewelry may be internally threaded or externally threaded. Internally threaded jewelry has the threading on the post, which reduces irritation during insertion and removal. Externally threaded jewelry has the threading on the end of the post, which can cause discomfort or damage to the piercing site.

When choosing dermal piercing jewelry, it’s essential to select high-quality, biocompatible materials to minimize the risk of irritation, allergic reactions, or other complications. Additionally, consider factors such as size, shape, and style to ensure your jewelry complements your piercing and reflects your personal aesthetic.


Possible side effects of Dermal Piercing

Dermal piercings, like any body modification procedure, carry potential risks and side effects. Here are some possible side effects associated with dermal piercings:

  • Infection: One of the most common risks associated with any piercing is infection. Signs of infection may include redness, swelling, warmth, pain, and discharge that is yellow, green, or foul-smelling. Prompt treatment with antibiotics may be necessary to prevent the infection from worsening.
  • Rejection: Dermal piercings have a higher risk of rejection compared to traditional piercings because they are anchored within the dermis layer of the skin rather than passing through tissue. Rejection occurs when the body treats the piercing as a foreign object and tries to push it out. Signs of rejection may include the piercing becoming increasingly shallow, the jewelry protruding more from the skin, and persistent irritation or discomfort.
  • Migration: Migration is the gradual movement of the piercing from its original placement. This can occur due to factors such as trauma, pressure, or improper placement of the jewelry. Signs of migration may include the piercing shifting position, discomfort or tenderness, and changes in the appearance of the skin around the piercing site.
  • Embedding: In some cases, the jewelry of a dermal piercing may become embedded within the skin if it is too tight or if the piercing is subjected to pressure or trauma. This can cause pain, inflammation, and tissue damage. If embedding occurs, the jewelry may need to be removed by a professional to prevent further complications.
  • Scarring: Scarring is a possible side effect of dermal piercings, particularly if the piercing is improperly placed or if complications such as infection or rejection occur. Scarring may vary in severity and can be permanent.
  • Keloids: Keloids are raised, overgrown scars that can develop at the site of a piercing. While anyone can develop keloids, individuals with a tendency to form keloids may be at a higher risk. Keloids can be itchy, tender, and cosmetically bothersome.
  • Allergic Reactions: Some individuals may experience allergic reactions to the materials used in dermal piercing jewelry, such as nickel or certain metals. Allergic reactions can cause redness, itching, swelling, and other symptoms. Using jewelry made from hypoallergenic materials like titanium or surgical-grade stainless steel can help minimize the risk of allergic reactions.
  • Nerve Damage: Improper piercing techniques or trauma to the piercing site can potentially damage nerves in the area, leading to numbness, tingling, or loss of sensation.

It’s essential to be aware of these potential risks and to choose a reputable piercer who follows proper sterilization and hygiene practices to minimize the likelihood of complications. Additionally, following thorough aftercare instructions and seeking prompt medical attention if any issues arise can help mitigate risks and promote the healing of a dermal piercing.


Brian PeterBrian Peter
18:29 20 May 24
I got my first tattoo from Eric and clearly I am impressed by the level of expertise, cleanliness, professionalism and love for body art. I recommend 💯 if you are looking to get tattoos, piercings and tattoo removal too.
Program TestingProgram Testing
15:24 19 May 24
I loved the whole experience having that this was my very first tattoo. The whole process was so smooth and Eric helped me and walked me through the process of after care. I would Highly recommend him to anyone who wants to have their tattoo done
Kagio wambuiKagio wambui
13:03 19 May 24
mahmood Marcelomahmood Marcelo
12:07 19 May 24
Good customer service and deliverance, and so friendly.
Lucy MumbiLucy Mumbi
05:52 15 May 24
Had my septum pierced here.Went really smoothly and healing so well. Everything was explained to me about the process both before and after piercing and the aftercare. I thoroughly enjoyed the service I received . Will definitely get pierced here again
Precious MitchellPrecious Mitchell
14:56 14 May 24
Amazing experience. Super caring tattoo artist. The shop was very clean and hygienic. Eric was so kind and walked me through the entire tattoo process. Would highly recommend!!!!
samantha anzemosamantha anzemo
08:37 14 May 24
Removed two of my tattoos .Very professional,he checks up and ensures you’re doing well.I highly recommend coming to rebel ink.
13:59 12 May 24
The place is clean and nice they of quality service interms of quality and colour tattos and they offer tattoo removal services offer which is Good and is not available all over Kenya
Marco CattaneoMarco Cattaneo
08:11 10 May 24
Deneil ChristianDeneil Christian
06:32 04 May 24
My experience at Rebel Inks was exceptional. It was my first time getting a piercing, and I was understandably nervous. However, Eric, the piercer, was reassuring and professional. He explained the earlobe piercing process in detail and answered all of my questions before beginning.I was particularly impressed with Eric's attention to hygiene. He thoroughly cleaned the room before I entered, sanitized all of the equipment he would be using, and changed gloves between each ear. This level of cleanliness gave me great confidence in his professionalism.Eric's commitment to customer service did not end on the day of the piercing. He followed up with me regularly throughout the healing process to ensure that I was following the aftercare instructions and that my earlobes were healing properly.I highly recommend Rebel Inks to anyone in Nairobi who is considering getting a piercing. Eric is a highly skilled and experienced piercer who takes great pride in his work.
Josephine TumaleoJosephine Tumaleo
15:27 03 May 24
This is my first piecing and was recommended @Rebel Inks Tattoos by a previous client. The Nose Piercing was well done and I am a satisfied clientSo I Check all the boxes below and more:Customer Care: ✔️Professionalism : ✔️Cleanliness ✔️Price: ✔️After care service ✔️Thanks and good job, Eric
Melanie TilleMelanie Tille
08:16 01 May 24
I recently got inked by Eric, and I couldn't be happier! He did an incredible job, was super friendly and was so flexible with my small motives. The studio was clean, and the atmosphere was nice. I highly recommend the studio.
16:03 27 Apr 24
Great service!
Halima AbdiHalima Abdi
13:50 27 Apr 24
My family and i got lots of piercing and the experience was quite amazing .
Ms WambuiMs Wambui
12:50 27 Apr 24
Tatoo done by Erick. Professionalism on point. Plus really helpful after care service. Definitely recommend.
Alexy De CyrusAlexy De Cyrus
07:24 27 Apr 24
Elsie WacuElsie Wacu
20:38 24 Apr 24
I got my belly button piercing from Eric. I have had 2 piercings done before and I've never received service as good as his. He explained the piercing and after care processes in detail and was very patient with my many questions...I'm considering paying him school fees 😂. His hygiene standards are very high and he used a disposable sterilized needle. He followed up on my healing progress weekly...I felt like we were healing together 😅. I wish it was possible to give 10 stars. I'm definitely having my future piercings done with him and I'm recommending him to all my friends 😃
Kalu JayKalu Jay
07:34 22 Apr 24
Got my tattoo done by Rebel Inks several years back and for sure these guys are the best in town .my tattoo healed well and now it’s looking perfect
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18:20 20 Apr 24
Sherryl NzaliSherryl Nzali
06:41 18 Apr 24
Thoroughly impressed by their amazing services. It was an incredible experience. Happy with my results. I highly recommend Rebel Inks.
jake mungaijake mungai
06:07 18 Apr 24
Wonderful experience. great hospitality and most importantly, very hygienic service. I would definitely recommend.
kriti kumarikriti kumari
17:18 16 Apr 24
Got my upper ear piercing done and my experience was fabulous. I highly appreciate the professionalism shown by Eric. He made sure I was made aware of the process before he started the work. He also explained me the healing process and the complications which was actually great to know as most places do not care to talk about the work in so much detail.The place is neat and clean and the equipments he used were also fine standards. Really appreciate his following up with me on the healing 🤗
Wambui GichureWambui Gichure
10:59 15 Apr 24
Solid service! I got a septum piercing and i enjoyed the professionalism and the follow up services..#valueformoney#highlyrecommend#
Nyambura WanyekiNyambura Wanyeki
12:18 31 Mar 24
I first went through their website to engage more on their services. I was particularly interested in the nose ring service. The communication from the day I made an appointment was very professional as well as the services offered. Eric explained in great detail the step by step procedure and was very patient with our questions. He administered effective hygiene and even let my friend record a video of the procedure. The after care followup is also great as Eric keeps checking up on the healing process on a weekly basis as well as giving additional guidance on the after care.I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEIR SERVICES to everyone. Actually what you see on their website is EXACTLY what you will get. Keep up the good work Rebel inks Tattoos.
liz Omaribaliz Omariba
05:50 30 Mar 24
Got my first tattoo from him....and he's been very involving in my recovery journey. I'd recommend him any day. Thank you so much Eric.
Sylvia KiamaSylvia Kiama
03:01 30 Mar 24
He was quick and professional the piercing looked good and was easy to book with
Risper JamesRisper James
16:39 28 Mar 24
Got my tattoo done here 5 years ago. Healed well, looking perfect. Definitely has withstood the test of time. Eric ❤️, you are a Gem 💎.
Poly JoePoly Joe
15:42 28 Mar 24
I have been looking for the perfect place to get my tattoo removed. After inquiring and also being referred to Eric. I started my removal process last year and now my tattoo is almost fully gone. I would like to thank Eric and the whole Rebel Inks Empire Team for their diligence and consistency in ensuring my needs were met. Definitely the best in laser removal services in Nairobi, Kenya.💯
Maximilian LehnMaximilian Lehn
14:27 26 Mar 24
I went to Eric for the first time to get help with an earring infection I couldn’t get rid of for months. I quickly got an appointment. He took time to listen to my concerns and previous treatments. He then recommended we try a different approach, changing the piercing and treating it as it was fresh. He gave great advise on how to clean and which care products to use. Throughout the whole session he was very friendly, considerate and knowledgeable. The weeks after he was checking in on how the piercing was doing.The infection is now gone. I would definitely recommend!
Chris BChris B
16:54 29 Feb 24
I got my ears pierced and the whole procedure was more than great. The space was very clean and time was taken to chose the right spot. He took his time to clean up after and we had a nice talk, too with many helpful information on cleaning and sanitizing the new Piercings. Even after we were done there was a weekly follow up on our healing process.Can recommend this place totally and would go back there anytime!Thanks!
Victory WairimuVictory Wairimu
11:56 25 Feb 24
I was so pleased with the service I got. I received a septum piercing from Eric and based on my experience with him, I wouldn't trust anyone else with any other piercings that I might get. He's very sanitary and walks you through the entire process making you feel comfortable and at ease. He also follows up on his clients concerning after care and is very easy to talk to. I would definitely refer anyone looking for to get a piercing, tattoo or tattoo removal here!

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