Micro Dermal Piercing

What is a Micro dermal piercing?

Micro dermal piercing is a single-point piercing that lies on any flat surface of the body, but they are not surface piercings. The anchor gets embedded under the skin which holds the jewelry in place. The micro dermal piercing is different from others as there are separate entry and exit points for the ornament but in this case, there is no exit point.

There is one puncture in the skin which gets the anchor under it. The jewelry sits on the surface with its end embedded underneath. It looks like beads embellishing the skin. Microdermals are suitable for areas that are not easy as regular piercings. The piercing are common for cheekbones, fingers, neck, thighs, lower back (back dermal), abdomen, and chest.

Micro Dermal Piercing Neck
Micro Dermal Piercing Neck

The Procedure

For the micro dermal either needles or piercing guns are used. Here are the steps that follow.

  1. Piercer will clean the skin making it sterile.
  2. After the area dries, the professional will carefully mark the spots.
  3. They’ll puncture the skin and pull the needle out forming a pocket.
  4. With the help of forceps, the anchor will be set under the skin.
  5. The jewelry will then be set in and screwed on the base.
Hand Micro Dermal Piercing Pictures
Hand Micro Dermal Piercing Pictures

Risks & other complications

  • Jewelry displacement
  • Anchor dislodging
  • Rejection and piercing Migration
  • Tissue damage
  • Hypergranulation
  • Infection
  • Scarring

Pain experienced

Microdermals are no exceptions in this case. It will hurt a bit to get them on your skin. However, the pain depends on certain factors that are as follows:

  • Fleshier the skin more is the pain as there are more muscles that will get the perforation and it is likely to ache more.
  • Individual pain tolerance.
  • Piercer’s experience in performing his task.
  • The type of procedure.

Healing Time

Healing time is usually one to three months which varies on certain other factors like aftercare, cleaning, and avoiding injuries and infections. In case the infectivity arises, it may take longer for recovery.

Aftercare: Do’s & Don’ts


  • Cover the area with a bandage for a few days.
  • Use clean towels and handkerchiefs to wipe the area dry.
  • Touch the punctured area only with clean hands.
  • Clean the perforation with the sea salt solution using a cotton swab.
  • Gently clean the crust formation on the jewelry.


  • Going swimming, for a few days.
  • Play with or remove the jewelry.
  • Wear tight clothes around the piercings.
  • Use any cosmetic or chemical in or around the region.
  • Play sports or any outdoor games to prevent injuries.
Micro Dermal Piercing on Belly
Micro Dermal Piercing on Belly

Infection: Symptoms and Cure


  • Severe pain and swelling
  • The high temperature of the region.
  • Pus discharge
  • Foul smell
  • Redness and rashes


  • Do not remove the jewelry as it will clog the pores.
  • Clean the area free of pus and other discharge.
  • Use a cotton piece soaked in the warm saline solution and dab it over the infection.
  • Consult a doctor and follow his advice.

Micro dermal Jewelry

Dermal Anchors

There are two types of dermal anchors, one is a flat base, and the other is the round base dermal anchor. A Footed anchor is more secure as it is less likely to pop out of the skin.

Dermal Tops

Micro dermal tops can be screwed and unscrewed from the anchors. It is advisable to take the help of the piercer while doing so. To reduce the pain of visiting the parlor every time, use magnetic tops.


It has a point-end base that holds jewelry at the top.


Micro barbells are useful as they have different entry and exit points.

Material of Jewelry


Titanium is least reactive with skin, so it is an excellent choice for those having sensitive skin.

Microdermal Piercing Finger
Microdermal Piercing Finger

Surgical Steel

It is a good option for jewelry but can irritate in some cases.


As the anchor rests under the skin, it is necessary to get a 24-carat gold piece. Gold-plated jewelry can irritate.


Niobium is also a hypoallergic and noncorrosive metal ideal for jewelry.

Cost: Micro Dermal Piercing

Dermal piercings typically cost anywhere between $70 to $100. Some shops may charge for jewelry separately which can add some extra bucks to the expenses.  

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