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A dermal punch or biopsy punch is a round and very sharp blade used in the piercing industry to create a perfectly round piercing, where we actually remove a piece of flesh. They are used in the medical field to take biopsy samples from a patient. I utilize them when I perform a punch and taper method and to perform cartilage piercing from 14g right up to a 00g.
Cartilage piercings are always apt to develop scar tissue. One way of avoiding keloiding or scarring, is to relieve the piercing of any pressure the jewelry puts on the surrounding tissue and cartilage. A dermal punch allows me to remove a small circle of tissue so that the jewelry fits directly into the hole without creating this unnecessary pressure.
Anyone who has tried to stretch cartilage piercings knows exactly how difficult this can sometimes be. By punching the area, I can install any size piece right away (all the way up to a 00g). Healing any punched piercing is much easier than healing a piercing done by a needle. Rather than wear the piece during the entire healing process, I normally have clients remove the jewellery that we initially install after about one week while doing their aftercare. This allows the piercing to heal much faster.
Dermal Punches should only be used to perform cartilage piercings and should NEVER be used on earlobes; they will remove a section of tissue that will limit future stretching.
Usually when a client wants to have a larger gauge piercing, whether it’s their earlobe, their nipple, or a frenum, they stretch their existing piercing over an extended period of time, one size at a time until they reach their desired size. Sometimes clients come to me knowing before hand of a desired size they wish to reach and request that they would like me to pierce at a larger gauge if possible. In these cases, depending on the area they wish to pierce and the size they would like to have, I can perform a scalpel piercing.
By way of scalpel, we can make an incision and place the jewellery directly into that hole without removing any tissue at all. By not removing any tissue, the client can then decide at a later date to stretch that piercing without fear of thinning out the skin above or below the piercing.
I only use scalpel piercing to perform piercing through skin, never in cartilage. This is the only way to perform larger gauge earlobe procedures NEVER a dermal punch.
*I SPECIALIZE IN THESE TYPES OF PROCEDURES ALWAYS GO TO AN EXPERIENCED PIERCER THAT CAN SHOW YOU HEALED PHOTOS OF DERMAL PUNCHING & SCALPEL PIERCINGS THEY’VE DONE!