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Quote kcir Replybullet Topic: Microdermal Course
    Posted: July/29/2010 at 1:22am
I've been asked to give a discussion type course on microdermals.  I don't have any major guidelines given other than that.  It's a paid class, so I want to make sure I cover as much as possible and still be relevant.  So far I've several topics but would appreciate input on what you would expect/want to see from a course at a convention.

I plan on covering:

General history of microdermals
Insertion/Removal tool synopsis
Material types (polycarbonate, steel, titanium)
Initial design and styles followed by post-healing options
Optimal and poor choices in placement
Insertion methods (with pros and cons of location and healing) with a demonstration of both styles
Appropriate aftercare/bandaging/expected healing time to recommended wait time for top change
Aftercare troubleshooting
Removal techniques



Any suggestions of material I'm missing?  I've still not actually accepted the position as speaker yet, if I don't feel I can put together an acceptable lecture I don't plan on taking it on.  I'm more than confident in my abilities to perform and teach these processes on an individual basis, but would like to have a good idea of my capabilities of preparing a 1-2 hour lecture that is worth the cost of admission and remain interesting.  Also, I've been told to name my price for attending and I'm not quite sure price I should set.  Average prices at this convention will be 100-400$
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Quote merrry Replybullet Posted: July/29/2010 at 2:28am
perhaps how to educate the client about the moicrodermal? I know my piercer sat down with me and educated me about my microdermal and the importance of a flat bottom.
Edited to add: This was a few days prior to having it done  (not the same as aftercare)

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Quote LauraOFace Replybullet Posted: July/29/2010 at 5:09am
Merrry+1

What you should tell the customer is important.

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Quote merrry Replybullet Posted: July/29/2010 at 5:57am
Originally posted by LauraOFace

Merrry+1

What you should tell the customer is important.

 
 
Thank you Smile  I think it's really important to have a consultation before getting a microdermal (or large projects) beause sometimes the client has unrealistic expectations or (in my case) anxiety/fear that can be allayed by talking about the procedure in detail. 
 
My "fear" is always there, but being told what to expect before I get into the piercing room makes it easier. I know I was unnerved because I'd seen several insertions using a dermal punch, so I asked about how my piercer did the procedure and he reassured me that he only used a needle. When I went in 2 days later to get it done, I was so relaxed that I didn't even feel it being done. It was nice for him also because I didn't scream or make high pitched whines. (I'm very vocal)
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Quote CheeseStix Replybullet Posted: July/29/2010 at 8:18am
You may want to throw a sidenote bit in there about good/bad jewellery ideas.. I've seen a few things out lately that people want to hang off a microdermal, and they look far too heavy. I've never had as much luck with microdermals, as when I use a tiny, tiny disk, for healing, personally. I can't imagine the mess some of that heavy dangly garbage would make.
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Quote DRAGSTRIP Replybullet Posted: July/29/2010 at 11:51am
Iv just recently purchased some of the 'dangly' tops for microdermals from Metal Mafia. They have magnetic attachments so they come off if snagged.
The plain titanium shapes are really lightweight & would be fine for well healed dermals.

Some of the ones I have with gems that dangle down wouldn't be suitable for a lot of areas where the skin is thin & more prone to migration.

I imagine they will be great for short periods of time, if your going out. I wouldn't recommend for daily wear though.
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Quote Veilside Replybullet Posted: July/29/2010 at 12:03pm
Some ideas:

Typical issues that arise (top coming off during healing, stuff not covered by general aftercare basically)
Product development (what new ideas are coming, maybe mention Skin Divers)
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Quote kcir Replybullet Posted: July/29/2010 at 12:47pm
i should, at this point, mention that this was supposed to be in the pro-only section.  i'll ask that it be left here since i do want a wider scope of suggestions. 

merry and frosty: much noted, however, this is a one to two hour lecture on the technical aspects on the piercer's side of the process, not the client's.  people attending the class should be informed enough at the end of the course to provide their own warnings.  as far as i'm aware the majority of people taking my course will be advanced piercers and should be capable of having a conversation with their own clients, as most of this material will be covered in the rest of the lecture.

sean: that will be covered in the initial/post healing jewelery section

veilside: typical issues would be covered under "aftercare troubleshooting."  i forgot to add that i was also going to reference transdermals, dermal anchors, and skin divers in passing with regards to insertion, healing factors, and removal techniques.


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Quote Carrie_p2005 Replybullet Posted: July/29/2010 at 1:38pm
I don't know if you plan to cover this in design/styles section, but I think that discussing the variety of post lengths and how to determine what length is appropriate would be a good idea.  I also think it would be good to discuss using microdermals for corsets; placement, healing times before lacing, stress on the piercing, traditional slave rings vs. rotating slave rings, etc.
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Quote kcir Replybullet Posted: July/29/2010 at 2:05pm
thanks carrie, i hadn't actually thrown that in yet.  definitely should be covered on jewelery selection type.
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