Microdermal anchors are a great alternative to implants and surface piercings. Surface piercings and implants have a big risk of rejection. Most do not last more than a few months and can leave a large scar behind. Since microdermal anchors are a single point piercing, there is a lowered risk of rejection. They are also easier to clean compared to a regular, surface, or implant piercing. Microdermal anchors are also considered less painful at the time of insertion.
Microdermal anchors are a popular choice because they are a semi-permanent body modification. Skin adheres to the dermal anchoring it to your body. The anchor itself has small holes. The skin grows through these holes. Because of this, microdermal anchors are tough to remove.
At some point, you may want your microdermal anchor removed. You may have caught it on something, got a job that doesn't allow piercings, or perhaps you are one of the unlucky ones that has a rejecting microdermal anchor. Rejecting microdermal anchors can be painful and may lead to an infection. Rejected microdermal anchors can also lead to scarring.
In these cases, you need the microdermal anchor removed. At this time, you need to decide if you can get the anchor out on your own. You may need to consult a professional from a tattoo studio or even a doctor.
Check the skin around the anchor. Can you see the metal underneath your skin? If so, you can remove the anchor yourself. Brace yourself, it will hurt a little! Twist the anchor by the gem or stud to break the skin around the anchor. After the skin breaks, the microdermal anchor should pop out.
If you can't see the metal through your skin or you are unable to remove the microdermal anchor yourself, head to a trusted tattoo shop. The artist or piercer will use a scalpel or needle to remove the anchor. Since needles and scalpels are sharp, the procedure will more than likely hurt less than if you were removing it yourself.
Regardless of how you removed the microdermal anchor, you will need to make an effort to keep the area clean to avoid infection. Learn how to clean the microdermal anchor area here. Keep the area dry and free of any bandages or ointment. Clean the area until the skin is completely healed. If the site looks infected or is not healing properly, seek medical help from a trusted doctor as soon as possible.