How Dangerous Is The Trend of Engagement Ring Piercings?
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If you want to spice up your engagement announcement and surprise your traditional family, engagement ring piercing is the right choice.
If you are wandering what exactly is an engagement ring piercing, it’s exactly what you have pictured: a gemstone attached to the skin of your ring finger.
Finger piercings are not only for confined to marriage or declarations of mutual love, they are for any occasion. Even though it looks somewhat surprising, it is just a dermal piercings—single-point piercings that are attached only into the skin.
The process is quite simple: the piercer uses a dermal punch to make a hole in the epidermis, and inserts an anchor into the skin layer below. The bejeweled top fits into the anchor, a diamond sprouting from the skin like a shimmering wart.
Michele Farber, M.D., a dermatologist, has detected a few problems with this trend. The fiancé's wish (speaking of bigger stones) may in some cases overcome the endurance of this part of the body, especially because it is an area which gets rubbed a lot and the skin is thin.
"There’s a much higher risk for scarring, for forming a foreign body granuloma [inflammation around the area], or thick granulation tissue around that area," she says. "The finger has lots of muscles and nerves that are more superficial. If [the piercing is] in the dermis, you’re fine, but if you’re deeper, you’re hitting a lot of vital structures."
Unlike other areas of the body fingers don’t have thicker layers of fat underneath the skin, which can prevent the piercing hitting a bone or a muscle. Therefore, an improper attachment of dermal piercing can cause muscle or nerve damage.
Bearing in mind all the things you touch during the day—in the bathroom, in the kitchen, around your office, on public transportation—it’s likely that your pierced finger would be prone to infections especially until it heals.