Also known as dermal implants or microdermal implants, microdermal piercing is a type of permanent body piercing. These permanent sub-dermal skin implants are considered to be an alternative to traditional skin piercings. This type of piercing can be placed on nearly all surface areas of the body. A microdermal piercing must be removed by a medical professional, and for this reason these piercings are are considered to be permanent.
The procedure for a microdermal piercing is less invasive than the trans-dermal or sub-dermal implant. This procedure is also known to be less painful than the other two implant options. The entire implantation procedure, from start to finish, takes approximately one hour.
Prior to the implantation, the skin where the mircodermal piercing is to be is first cleaned and sterilized. The specific location for the implant is then marked with a surgical marker. A dermal punch is used to remove the necessary skin from the location. The microdermal anchor is then placed with surgical forceps in the desired location. The anchor will be rotated until it is parallel to the surface skin so that after healing the attached jeweled piece will always appear flush with the surface skin.
Made up of two separate pieces, the implant used in microdermal piercing consists of a piece called an anchor and another piece that is ornamental in nature. The anchor is implanted underneath the skin. It has a flat bottom with a protruding step that sits flush with the level of the skin. The ornamental and detachable piece can be changed at whim.
The anchor is made of titanium and contains a number of holes in its base. The reason for the multiple holes within the base of the anchor is so that tissue can grow through it. This further stabilizes the base after implantation. Instead of steel, titanium is used because it is known to be less reactionary within the human body. The size of the anchor need never change, though the size of the decorative jewelry piece can range in size and shape. Though you can find the jewelry pieces in many types of metal, titanium pieces are suggested as they create the least opportunity for a systemic allergic reaction.
The cost of microdermal piercing differs from location to location. However, it is advised that a trained professional do the procedure, as it is an invasive one. As with any body modification that is intended to be permanent, for the best results following all instructions from start to finish is advised.