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Surface Anchor

  • With good aftercare practices and healthy living, surface anchors typically take 1 to 3 months to heal completely.
  • A relatively new piercing with minimal scarring, the surface anchor is the most successful form of surface piercing we have seen.
  • Single-point piercings see a higher rejection rate than dual-point, but the rejection rate is dropping as techniques and jewelry are perfected.
  • Protecting surface anchors from snagging on anything is key. Bandages can be used during the first stage of healing.
  • The cheapest jewelry can call itself hypoallergenic. Remember that is NOT the same thing as implant grade.

Additional Facts & Tips

Protecting Your Surface Anchor

  • To protect yourself against scarring, infection, migration or rejection of the piercing, it’s imperative to prevent your surface anchor from snagging on anything during and after the healing process.
  • We advise placing a large band-aid over the piercing during the first two weeks of healing to keep it flush against the body while the skin tightens around the post.
  • Use the kind that are sticky all the way around.
  • Band-aids or other breathable, waterproof adhesive bandages can and should be used to protect your surface anchor while swimming in any body of water even after it’s healed.

What to Expect

  • Expect to be mindful of your surface anchor for as long as you have it and to come to Koi for any jewelry changes.
  • It’s not a type of piercing you can forget about. Once an anchor gets snagged, the rejection process could begin even long after it’s healed.
  • While surface anchors can technically be placed anywhere, there are certain parts of the body that are not advisable.
  • These “high traffic” areas present too many opportunities for snagging and should be avoided.

Surface Anchor Aftercare

  • Surface anchors are particularly prone to migration and rejection in the same way that the body would expel a foreign object like a splinter or shard of glass.
  • It’s crucial to follow our aftercare and maintenance instructions carefully to preserve your adornment for as long as possible.
  • Spray or soak the piercing site often with an approved cleaning solution and keep bandaged especially before bed to prevent snagging during the night.

Avoid Nickel At All Costs

  • Wearing jewelry that contains nickel is one of the leading reasons that the body rejects a piercing.
  • Most people are allergic to it and what can manifest as an extreme infection is often catalyzed by an allergic reaction first.
  • At Koi we use the best quality materials for our piercings, including three shades of gold, which is ideal as an initial piercing metal for its natural antibacterial properties.

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