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Pictures of Microdermal Implants

Updated on September 23, 2011
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Microdermal implants are becoming very popular, as they are more permanent than a piercing, and to many they are just different.

Recently, I saw a woman at Dunkin' Donuts with a sternum implant, and the entire concept amazed my dad, who was with me. It was unfortunate that the only answer that she could give him was, "it'd be easier to understand if you just Googled it." Well, I filled him in, but he was not thrilled on the concept of microdermal implants. Just because he wasn't doesn't mean that I'm still not a fan of them.

If you're interested in microdermal implants, you'll want to do your research. You'll want to keep in mind that it is still a fairly new procedure that not everyone is familiar with, which means you it may be hard to find someone who is knowledgeable in microdermals. And, you don't want to go to any Joe Blow to get this done.

Microdermals are more permanent than regular piercings and are a great alternative to surface piercings, but they should not be taken lightly, as you can still encounter various risks.

In any case, microdermal implants is no more or less painful than a surface piercing or other piercing. You don't need anesthetics or any specialized tools, either. The concern really lies in a qualified professional who is familiar with surface anchoring and implants.

The procedure is safe, and the end product will give you the appearance that the jewelry is screwed into your skin.

Hip Microdermal Implant

Getting a Microdermal Implant

When getting a microdermal implant, you want to be sure that the person performing the procedure is familiar with proper techniques.

There are basically three different techniques that one may use.

  1. Insert a beveled piercing needle at an angle into the entry point.
  2. A dermal punch is used at the entry point to create the hole.
  3. A scapel is used to create the hole.

In either case, the hole is made, and the anchor is inserted into the skin. Generally, the piercer will not use any medications, such as lidocaine, as they are not licensed or properly trained on the dosage

Microdermal Jewelry

Different piercers may use different types of microdermal anchors. The basic anchor is going to have a base with a screw to attach different style pieces.

The most common types of microdermal anchors include an oval base:

  • One large hole
  • One medium hole one one side and one small hole on the other side of the screw
  • Two small holes on one side of the screw and one small hole on the other (you may find this anchor with an oval or a curved base

Basically, your microdermal jewelry will have at least one hole so that the tissues can grow through the base of the jewelry and stabilize it into your body. Some believe that if titanium is used instead of steel, the rejection risks may be reduced, although this has not bee proven.

Common Microdermal Anchor
Common Microdermal Anchor

Healing a Microdermal

Microdermals are not like regular piercings, and they're still fairly new on the market.The aftercare is not a defined technique. For the most part, when heling a microdermal implant, you'll want to make sure to keep proper hygiene. This may sound like common sense, but you'd be surprised.

Keep the area clean around the implant. You want to avoid irritants, such as lotions or sprays. Avoid swimming until the implant has healed. Do not use any ointments, such as antibiotic ointments or any other oily substance, as this will smother the healing wound, potentially causing an infection.

The average time it takes to heal a microdermal implant will vary per person, but it typcially varies between 1 and 3 months.

To ensure the most success, you may want to use saline to help clean the implant. Similar to cleaning a fresh piercing, put saline in a Dixie cup, or some sort of disposable cup, and soak the fresh implant for 5 minutes up to twice a day. This will help keep the implant clean.

Do no nut use hydrogen peroxide or any strong cleaning substances. Do no use lotions or soaps that contain fragrances.

Risks of Microdermal Implants

Microdermal implants have higher success rate than surface piercings and transdermal implants, but there are always risks that you should be aware of before you get an implant.

Infected Microdermal Removal

  • Cysts
  • Hypertrophic scarring
  • Implant rejection
  • Infection that can travel into the body
  • Keloids
  • Temporary bruising

If you notice any signs of persistent swelling, redness, or puss, you will want to seek assistance of your piercer or doctor, depending on the severity.


If at some point in time you have to have your implant removed, or if you're just tired of seeing it, you'll find that the removal process isn't as simple as just letting it close up.

In order to properly have the implant removed, you'll need to seek assistance of the piercer who initially performed the procedure, or another professional who is knowledgeable in implants.

Professional Microdermal Removal

Microdermal Implant Removal


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      mmagirl88 5 years ago

      I got one done a week ago, and love it. I had no pain afterwards and it is healing great. My least painful piercing, and I have quite a few. It also was not that painful to have done either. I have it placed on my wrist.

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      Fay 5 years ago

      Does this implant hurt worse than the bar thing on your hips?? I want a hip piercing so bad I'm just scared of the pain.. Please help

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      Recipe Gal 6 years ago

      Wow, this looks scary to me! Your article was very informative though, and it was interesting to see how the procedure is done!

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      Carrie Smith 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I have never even heard of this, but it looks kinda cool. So long as you have any complications with it. This is a very informative post, and you explained it in good detail with great pictures.

      Thanks for posting - voted up and awesome!

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      WhatBigJohnThinks 6 years ago

      I just don't understand the "nned" but then again I'm 46 and my dad flipped when I got a tattoo.