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Dermal Piercing: Procedure, Care, Scar Removal, and More

All about dermal or microdermal piercing

All about dermal or microdermal piercing

What Is Dermal Piercing?

Dermal piercing is a permanent type of body piercing. It is also known as microdermal piercing, microdermal implants, or single-point piercing. Dermal piercing only has one end visible, which makes it different from regular piercing, where it has two points of entry and exit for the jewelry.

Dermal piercing has only one end visible while the other end is rooted in the deep layer of the skin where the anchor is placed. The dermal anchor has a number of holes at the bottom to allow tissues to grow through it to make the base stable.

The anchor is a flat base with protruding that is level on the skin. Most anchors are made of titanium as it is known to be less allergenic as compared to other metal materials. The protruding of the anchor serves as the attachment for decorative ornamental or the microdermal jewelry.

The microdermal jewelry varies in sizes, shapes, colors, and gemstones, while the anchor remains the same size and need not be changed. The ornamental piece is detachable for the purpose of changing pieces depending on the wish or desire of the individual with body piercing.

Dermal piercing has become popular nowadays owing to its advantage of piercing jewelry on flat surfaces and even in areas where it is rather difficult to put piercing with a regular piercing method. The method of dermal piercing is less invasive, with the end product appearance similar to that of transdermal implants.


Types of Dermal Piercing

The convenience of dermal piercing is its flexibility in placing it in different areas of the body with only one visible end for the microdermal jewelry. There are different types of dermal piercing and are all based on the location of the piercing.

Ear Piercing

Ear piercings are among the most common piercing locations and types of dermal piercings. The trend now has multiple ear piercings located in different parts of the ears aside from the traditional piercing in the ears that are usually placed on the earlobes.

Neck Piercing

Neck piercing is usually placed on the nape or on the sides of the neck.

Eye Piercing

Eye piercing is the most popular piercing for people nowadays. Many teenagers and even some adults prefer to have piercings near the eyes, such as in the eyebrow, the corners of the eyes, and under the eyelids. The procedure for this type of dermal piercing, however, may cause pain and discomfort, which may linger until the piercing has fully healed.

Face Piercing

Face piercing is also among the popular choice, and the microdermal piercing is usually placed on the nose, cheeks, lips, and tongue.

Chest Piercing

Chest piercing is usually placed under the collarbone. This type of microdermal piercing, on the other hand, has a disadvantage in aftercare as it may pose an injury when rubbing the chest with a towel.

Wrist and Finger Piercing

Wrist and finger piercing is a popular choice among teenagers. The finger piercing may involve one or more fingers or may also surround a finger giving it an appearance of a ring, also known as a dermal ring. Others opt for wrist piercing, although this type is less recommended due to numerous activities involved in using the wrist.

Lower Back Piercing

Lower back piercings are among the top dermal piercing choices for women—the lower back just above the buttocks gives a sexy illusion.

Navel piercing or the belly button area is also another site most preferred by women. The piercing beside the navel also provides a sexy illusion, especially when donning a two-piece bathing suit.


The Procedure

Dermal piercing is less invasive and requires approximately an hour to finish the piercing. The procedure is also less painful as compared to other types of body piercing. The dermal piercing can be done with either of the two methods known as:

Piercing With Dermal Needle

This is quite a difficult method that only a professional piercer can do this job. The procedure also uses different types of needles according to the areas or surface of the body to be pierced. The procedures with a needle are as follows:

  • The initial step is the sterilization of the site using an antiseptic and a surgical scrub
  • A surgical marker is used to mark the desired location
  • The needle is pierced into the skin to form an L-shaped pouch on the surface of the skin
  • Microdermal anchors and base plate will be placed in the pouch created with the use of a forceps
  • The microdermal jewelry will then be screwed on the protruding of the anchor embedded in the skin.

Piercing With Dermal Punch

This is the frequently used method as it is less painful and has a protective mechanism for safer use and to make certain that the piercing will not reach deeper into the skin layer.

  • The initial step is the sterilization of the site with the use of antiseptic and surgical scrub.
  • The site for piercing will be marked with a surgical marker.
  • The tissue of the chosen site is removed to make a pouch.
  • Microdermal anchor and base plate are then placed into the pouch with the use of forceps.
  • Microdermal jewelry is then screwed on the protrusion of the anchor.

Dermal Piercing Infection

Dermal piercing is rather convenient and a less invasive procedure as compared to traditional body piercing. The two methods available make body piercing easy and fast and with less pain. The potential risk, however, for dermal piercing is the infection. This could cause damage to the tissue of the skin and may create a scar or, worse, may be complicated with serious medical conditions.

The onset of infection will make the site swollen, reddened, and tender. The pus has the potential to accumulate, which is painful and discomforting. The possible causes of infection in dermal piercing include the following:

  • The use of an unsterilized dermal needle or dermal punch.
  • Improper hand washing of piercer who can introduce the bacteria from the dirty hands and dirt embedded in the nails.
  • Improper or unsterilized site for piercing.

Dermal piercing creates a break in the skin, which can open a passageway for the bacteria and other microorganisms. It is crucial to observe proper sterile techniques to prevent infection and other potential risks for the piercing site.


Scar Removal

The removal of a dermal piercing is rather a bit more difficult than being installed the first time. Dermal pierce removal requires a professional to do the job. The removal requires two surgical tools, which are the forceps and the scalpel.

  • The piercing site is sterilized before removal with the use of antiseptic and surgical scrub.
  • The skin surrounding the anchor site is incised with the use of a scalpel.
  • The anchor is pulled out of the skin using forceps.


It is necessary to take proper measures in caring for the site of the piercing right after the procedure. The aim is to prevent infection while providing rapid healing of the pierced site.

  • The piercing site is usually covered with a dressing or bandage, depending on the site of the piercing, right after the procedure.
  • Precautionary measures must be observed in the aftercare of dermal piercing, as the piercing usually takes a couple of months or more to heal and tissues to go through the base holes of the plates.
  • Extra care must be taken in drying the body and the site of piercing to avoid entangling the jewelry with the thread and fabric of the clothes, which can accidentally remove the dermal piercing before it has healed completely.
  • Clean the piercing site regularly and properly to avoid infection, and make sure to use new towels and other drying materials.
  • Clean the site with a lukewarm salt solution. The mixture of half a teaspoon salt and a glass of lukewarm water is dabbed gently on the piercing with the use of a cotton ball. Regular washing requires twice a day for 4–5 minutes before air drying the site.
  • Eating a good diet with proper nutrition is required to hasten the healing process and strengthen the immunity to prevent infection.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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destiny on July 01, 2014:

hi. just wondering if we could consume alcohol after doing the microdermal piercing on the wrist?