Also known by the names, 'dermal anchors', 'surface anchors', 'microdermal anchors', 'single point piercing', microdermal implants give users the advantage of wearing jewelry in areas which are not suitable to be worked upon by normal piercing methods. Meaning, the implants can be placed practically anywhere on the surface of the skin on the body.
Jewelry that Comprise Microdermal Implants
Microdermal implants can be regarded to be a miniaturized version of transdermal implants, but with relatively safe procedure. They consist of two components, which include an anchor and the interchangeable jewelry. The former piece is implanted underneath the skin, which consists of a protruding step from the surface of the surrounding skin. The jewelry is then screwed through the threaded hole in the step of the anchor.
You might notice that the flat base of the implant consists of holes. This has, let's say, a medical purpose behind it. After the implantation, the skin tissues grow through and around the base of the jewelry. This encourages stabilization and reduce the risk of rejection.
Microdermal implants can be availed in different styles. Some come to you having one large hole with an oval base which is bit longer than the normal ones. Some are available with one medium hole and a small one on the other side of the screw with an oval base. You can also go for some oval based types with two small holes on one side and one small hole on the other side of the screw. If you wish, you can choose implants which have curved base and two small holes on one side and one small hole on the other.
Procedure of Microdermal Implantation
The insertion of the implants is pretty straightforward and simple. The practitioner makes the entry or the exit point using a beveled piercing needle. Thereafter, the microdermal jewelry is inserted into the hole and the pocket is elevated as needed. This is followed by finishing off the procedure by coercing the jewelry into the correct placement. The entry/exit point may also be made by using a dermal punch. Most people who have undergone this procedure have the feedback of experiencing pain that is lesser than a surface piercing. The procedure does not require the use of any anesthetics, nor any special tools.
As far as the healing is concerned, it takes about 1-3 months. Aftercare tips are not specified and may differ from artist to artist. However, general recommendation is to keep the worked area clean, dry, and free of any irritants. Use of any lotions and sprays around the area must be avoided and swimming must also be refrained from, until the area has completely healed. According to surveys, microdermal implants have more success rate and less rejection rate than typical surface piercings.
The cost of these implants vary with different practitioners. It may also depend on the area to be worked upon.
For removing a microdermal implant, it is best to seek help from a qualified practitioner. Generally, he/she would use a scalpel to remove the underlying jewelry. These implants are a kind of semi-permanent body functions and this may make the removal quite difficult and painful.
To conclude, when you go for microdermal implants, ensure that the jewelry is made from implant grade titanium and not any type of steel. This is to rule out the risk of any infection. By far these implants are a new breed of body piercing. Wear them and flaunt them!