Microdermal Anchors – Do’s and Dont’s


Microdermals are very delicate little piercings. A common misconception is that they are very stable and have a very low rejection rate; some have even called them the “cure-all” piercing, when in reality this isn’t true at all. The slightest trauma can set them on the path to rejection, and there is no stopping it once it’s started. These things are very small, with very little surface area for the flesh to grab on to, making them very easy to rip out. They don’t sit very deeply below the skin, the tallest ones being around 2-3mm tall (not including decorative jewelry screwed in).

Depending on the location of the microdermal, how you take care of it, and your body’s acceptance to the jewelry, certain areas are more willing to take the jewelry than others. Before you get one of these, consider the location you want. Place a finger on the area you’d want the jewelry. Now, move the muscles around, flex them, bend and twist and move. If the skin and flesh under your finger moves a lot, it’s probably a bad area to get a microdermal there. Any area with thin skin, close to bone, or that undergoes a lot of movement, shifting, bending or pressure probably isn’t a good idea.

Consider your clothing and accessory choices. If you wear a lot of necklaces, scarves or other neck accessories, or wear a lot of crew-neck shirts, getting microdermals around the collarbone isn’t a good idea since those items will catch on them easily and the neck seam of shirts can catch on them as well. Seatbelts, purse or bag straps as well can get caught on them. If you wear glasses, getting a microdermal around the eye or temple might get in the way. If you wear a lot of makeup facial microdermals might not be a good idea because the makeup can get inside and cause irritation. Certain areas in general are just terrible ideas, like the hands, butt, back, and hips being near the top of the list.

Microdermals are beautiful piercings, and they are becoming more and more common as demand for them increases. This means more piercers are getting the necessary training to implant them. But remember, just because you can pierce something, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea or that you should pierce it. But all in all, if you want a microdermal, get one. Just do your research first.

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