Microdermal Piercing

Jewellery:Microdermal Anchors
Healing:Varies Depending On Location
Age Limit:18 years old (16 years old with parental consent)
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In the past few years microdermal piercing has become more and more popular as they offer something different to the norm.  They are also relatively quick to do, easy to hide and permanent once in place.  

Above: Microdermal piercing with a crystal jewel ball
The size of the implants, as well as the technique used, enables them to be implanted nearly anywhere on the body. 

There are a variety of styles and sizes of jewellery to use with this procedure, which allows the wearer to customise the appearance of the implants. However, all of the jewellery is basically similar in technical design; each implant consists of an anchor and the customisable top half of the piece.

The anchor is implanted underneath the skin and has holes in to allow the skin to grow through, literally attaching the piercing to the body.  This fact often puts people off microdermal piercing as it is clearly not for everyone. The risk of complications both during and after the procedure is also lower with microdermal piercing, although they do still remain a possibility.


The procedure to get a microdermal piercing is fairly straightforward and not much more involved than a simple piercing. Though this type of implant is easier and safer than transdermal implants, the techniques are not dissimilar. It does not require using anaesthetics or highly specialised tools so it is imperative that the artist is trained and qualified to undertake microdermal piercing; it is vital to check this before going ahead.

The procedure of placing the microdermal piercing begins with the surface of the skin being cleaned and marked. Then, the piercer pinches the skin with clamps and, using either a piercing needle or a dermal punch, makes a hole in the skin. When the hole is made the anchor is inserted under the skin and is gently maneuvered into place.


Once the anchor is in place, the procedure is finished and all that is left is for the implant to heal. This can take up to three months, after which time the visible part of the microdermal piercing jewellery can be changed to suit your needs.

Though microdermal piercing is relatively safe, they do still carry some risks. Some of the most common complications are infection, keloids or scaring and implant rejection, though the rate of these occurrences is very low. Simply put, microdermal piercing is as safe as any other body modifications people may undertake.


The anchors used for microdermal piercing are generally made of titanium so as to avoid risk of future health problems, though some are being made of steel. The top of the implant, which is fastened to the anchor to show above the skin, is completely customisable, though these pieces are usually small.

The overall effect is that of a small piercing, though the placement can usually only be achieved through microdermal piercing, and it can be changed to suit your style.

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