So this week, we are talking about microdermals, or as some say, surface anchors and how they are done. First a little history. The very first version of a microdermal was performed by Ben of House of Colors in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was no more than an oddly bent nostril screw done by the eye of a very persistent customer that “wanted a single gem by her eye”. The problem was that it would fall out easily. Around 2002, the modern design was made using a labret post and a bone splint as inspiration. Most piercers use one of the kinds you see in the pictures. Traditionally 2-2.5mm tall, 3-4mm long at the base, and uses a traditional 14g internal threading. The plate comes in different designs with 2-3 holes or without. There’s much debate on which design is the best but it usually depends more on placement and customer treatment in my opinion.
There’s two basic ways of doing them – Needle or Dermal Punch. In picture 1, you will see how the skin is pinched up when a needle is used and the microdermal is inserted. In picture 3, you can see how skin is held when using a dermal punch. There’s almost as many techniques out there as there are piercers but the concept is the same. Make hole, Insert microdermal, Enjoy the results.
Microdermals need to be cleaned daily for the life of the piercing. Be careful not to sleep on them. Don’t change the gem too often or wear heavy things from them. Our suggested aftercare is available in our Download section of our website. There’s many false myths about microdermals so before you believe your friend and not get one, find an experienced and knowledgeable piercer and ask them your question. Personally, I love mine. It’s located at the base of my neck. It’s probably my favorite piercing. If you have any questions, feel free to PM us on our Facebook page. Until next week, this is Hardt Von Sachs of Master Pierce. You are what you modify.