Microdermal implants are one of the latest additions to the world of body modification. Explore this article to know what a microdermal implant is and the procedure for inserting one.

What Are Microdermal Implants

In simple words, microdermal implants are single point piercing, wherein only one end or bead is visible to the eye. They can be placed anywhere on the body and hence, are considered as a cool alternative to traditional surface body piercing. Also known as dermal anchors, surface anchors, microdermal anchors and single point piercing, microdermal implants are the latest trend in the body modification realm, rapidly becoming popular due to their semi-permanence and versatility. One of the most beneficial factors of microdermal implants is that they are less painful than surface piercing. Surveys indicate that the success rate of microdermal implants is greater than surface piercings.
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The microdermal jewelry includes two parts, anchor and bead. Anchor is a very small metal piece with tiny round holes in it, which is inserted into the skin. The anchor is held intact, allowing the skin to adhere itself through the holes on the anchor. The second part is the bead or gem that is visible on the surface of the skin. Though the process for inserting a microdermal is simple, it should be done only by an experienced body modification professional, who has worked with the anchors. The best part about microdermal implants is that they can be easily changed with a new one, to give a new look. Check out the procedure for inserting a microdermal in the following lines.
Microdermal Implant Procedure
  • The piercer or practitioner will first clean the skin with surgical scrub and prepare it.
  • The piercer, then, marks the area where the piercing will go, using a surgical pen or surgical ink on a tooth pick.
  • There are two ways of creating a pocket in the skin to place the microdermal anchor. First is by using a needle and second is with a dermal punch. The needle though, is not recommended.
  • A dermal punch, or biopsy punch, is a cylindrical-shaped surgical apparatus. This removes the skin tissue while a needle only separates the skin.
  • On creating a pocket, the microdermal implant is inserted with the help of forceps, designed specifically for the insertion procedure.
Time Taken 
  • The entire procedure for inserting a microdermal implant does not take more than an hour, right from the time when you are received at the piercer to the time you are through with.
  • To prevent the risk of any kind of infection, it is better to use jewelry made from implant grade titanium and not any type of steel.
Healing Tips
  • Microdermal implants take around 1 to 3 months to heal completely and proper aftercare is advised strictly.
  • For faster healing, treat your implant with saline solution. Mix 1 gallon of distilled water with 4 teaspoons of non-iodized sea salt. Heat the solution in a microwave as hot as you can stand. Soak your piercing into the saline solution for 5 to 10 minutes at least once a day.
  • Keep your microdermal anchor clean and dry.
  • Use only mild and fragrant-free liquid soaps to clean your microdermal implant.
  • Avoid using any ointments.
  • Care for your microdermal implant to prevent pain, infection, keloids, cysts and expensive doctor visits.

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