Microdermal piercing is a relatively new technique in the body art and tattoo industry. It involves the use of microdermal implants to adorn parts of the body with jewellery. This technique is done when the part of the body you want to have jewellery is not thin enough to be pierced or does not have skin folds that can be pierced and adorned with a ring or a stud. A more common place for microdermal piercing is done on either side of the forehead or on the cheek bone areas. Basically, you can have microdermal piercing done in almost any part of your body.
Microdermal piercing is done with microdermal implants which are also known as surface anchors. This technique of decorating parts of the body with jewellery came from other techniques such as pocketing, dermal anchoring and transdermal implants. The main goal of microdermal piercing is to give a person the appearance that jewellery is permanently screwed into his or her skin. It is relatively a safe procedure similar to that of any body piercing.
The jewellery used for microdermal piercing is similar to that of transdermal anchors but are relatively smaller in size. These microdermal anchors have flat bases with holes in them. The holes are there to aid with the stabilization of the jewellery. When the skin is cut and inserted with these microdermal anchors, new tissues are meant to grow through the hole and around the base of the jewellery making the installation of the microdermal jewellery more stable. The most common material used for microdermal piercing is titanium because of the metal’s properties. Titanium does not irritate the skin unlike steel does and this lessens the risk that the skin is going to get an allergic reaction when titanium is inserted in it. Titanium also has a lesser chance of being rejected by the body.
Because the microdermal anchors are inserted underneath your skin and the tissues are allowed to grow through the holes of the anchor’s base, microdermal piercing are considered as semi-permanent body piercings. You will have to cut the tissues again if you want your microdermal anchors removed. Even if the base is installed semi-permanently underneath your skin, the top of a microdermal anchor is designed to be replaced any time you want to. A top of a microdermal anchor is held together by screwing them to the anchor base. In a microdermal piercing, only the jewellery or the top of the microdermal anchor is visible. You can easily replace this by unscrewing it and screwing another top to replace the previous one. However, make sure that the threading of the new top is the same as the one you replaced so that it will fit in perfectly with your microdermal anchor. However, it is difficult to replace the top of a microdermal piercing by yourself especially if the area is on your face region. Ask for the help of your piercer in removing or replacing the visible part of your microdermal piercing.