Are Dermal Piercings The Engagement Ring Of The Future?

It looks like a new engagement craze is sweeping the nation.

More and more couples have decided to rid themselves of the traditional engagement ring and take a less traditional route.  Diamond dermal piercings are the newest way to ask someone to be yours eternally.  These dermal piercings are inserted by removing a small portion of skin on the finger by using a metal punch and then inserting an anchor that is typically made from a metal like titanium.  This anchor is what holds the diamond in place and makes it appear to onlookers as a diamond-embedded ring finger.

This new trend has become a great outlet for those who can not afford the traditional band that typically comes with an engagement diamond.  “I never had an engagement ring — couldn’t afford one I liked — and I thought a finger dermal would be something different to have instead. I’d seen one online where the gems were magnetic and you could change them yourself easily, so I decided to go for it,” Anne Cunliffe tells Allure.

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With this new procedure growing in popularity, it leads people to think of the health risks that could potentially come with piercing a diamond on your finger.  A great deal of the health risks have to do with the sterilization of the metal anchors, as Sam Abbas, owner of NYC Ink Studio told New York’s WCBS, “You’re dealing with blood, so you’ve got to be very, very safe,” he then assured viewers by saying “We sterilize everything.”

Despite many professional piercers believing in this procedure’s safety, there is still some concern regarding the vulnerability of the piercing because of its location.  “There is constant movement in the fingers, which could displace the piercing. Think about how many times we accidentally bang our hands against the side of the table or doorframe” notes Joshua Zeichner to Allure.  Zeichner, who currently works as the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, also has some concerns regarding the risk of infecting the finger.  He believes that if a person were to use a metal like titanium for the anchor, they will be at very low risk of infection, whereas something like nickel could very much increase a person’s risk of getting a risky reaction.

Despite the risk of injury or infection, this craze that was initiated via social media has shown no sign of slowing down and is only growing to be more and more popular by the day.  So do you think you will be embedding a diamond on your finger?  Or maybe going the more traditional route?

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