Face or Body Piercings
Here at OC MedDerm, Dr. Shafa can perform any type of piercing you desire. We can also close the holes of a previous piercing permanently if desired. Per your request, re-piercing and repositioning of an old piercing can easily be accomplished as well. Dr. Shafa is also an expert in repairing earlobes that have torn due to repetitive heavy earring and jewelry use.
Why should you have your piercing done by Dr. Shafa?
Knowledge of the skin and body anatomy is imperative
Dr. Shafa has a level of education and experience with the anatomy of the skin and body that can only be attained by a dermatologist. She is detail-oriented, so the piercing will be performed precisely into the correct layer and angle of the skin or cartilage.
At our office, piercings will be performed under the highest level of strict and sterile conditions–the same conditions under which we perform our skin surgeries.
For all of our procedures, we will anesthetize the area prior to piercing in order to ensure minimal pain and discomfort. This allows for an accurate and careful piercing to be performed, as you will experience little to no discomfort.
A piercing is initially an open sore. Any time the skin barrier is broken, bacteria can later invade its deeper layers, triggering an infection. In the unlikely case that this occurs, you may see the doctor for a complimentary follow-up. A prescription or, occasionally, free oral antibiotics will be provided if necessary.
Keloids are an overgrowth of scar tissue which occur when the skin is healing from an “injury”, such as a piercing or a tattoo. Certain people are at higher risk of forming keloids at the site of skin injuries. When you meet us for a piercing, you will be medically evaluated to explore your risk for keloids. You will be informed about all the risks and benefits of the piercing prior to the procedure.
Keloid prevention and treatment
If you start developing keloids at the site of a piercing or you have a keloid from the past, especially on or near the ears, you can see us for keloid prevention and treatment.
All of our tools used for our piercing procedures are disposable or sterilized at high temperatures in an autoclave. Dr. Shafa performs all types of piercings with specialized needles. Per patient request, a piercing gun can be used as well.
Herpes prevention and treatment
If you have a history of any type of herpes including fever blisters, you might have a recurrent breakout after getting a piercing. At our medical office, we will treat you if you experience a herpes breakout after your procedure. We can also perform preventative treatment if it is needed, based on a review of your medical history.
Candidates with diabetes or an autoimmune disorder are at higher risk for complications after a piercing, such as an infection. In fact, if you have any medical illnesses, you are at higher risk. Pre-existing health problems do not eliminate your ability to heal normally from a piercing, but when we review your medical history, we will determine if any particular precautions should be taken.
Art and science
Dr. Shafa has a passion and talent for both art and science. What she does every day is the merging of art and the science of medicine!! Her artistic vision and medical knowledge enables her to predict the look and envision the result of a piercing before even touching the skin.