Microdermal anchors are the new trend in the body modifications realm. The latest piercing became popular for its semi-permanence and versatility. The anchors last longer than the more traditional surface piercing and other forms of implants.The jewelry can also be changed to create a new look!

Unlike a regular body or surface piercing, microdermal anchors are single-point piercings. There are two parts to the microdermal jewelry. The anchor is a very small metal piece with tiny round holes in it. This piece is inserted in the skin and is held intact when the skin adheres to itself through the holes. The second part of the microdermal is the bead, or gem. This end is the only one visible to the eye.

The process for inserting a microdermal is quite simple. However, the procedure should only be done by a body modifications professional, who has tons of experiences with the anchors and is working in a professional, sterile environment, such as a piercing or body modifications studio. The piercer will clean and prep the skin with surgical scrub and mark the area where the piercing will go with a surgical pen or surgical ink on a tooth pick. There are two ways of creating the pocket in the skin where the microdermal anchor is placed. A needle is used in some piercing studios, although it is not recommended. The best way to create the pocket is with a dermal punch (or biopsy punch), a cylindrical-shaped surgical apparatus used in the medical field. A dermal punch removes the skin tissue, whereas a needle only separates the skin. Some people believe the dermal punch hurts a lot more than the needle. This is untrue. The dermal punch is so sharp, it is hardly painful, and most people prefer it over the needle. After the pocket is created, the microdermal anchor is inserted, using forceps specifically designed for the insertion procedure.

Once the microdermal anchor is inserted, proper aftercare must be used to heal properly and avoid infection. The piercer should give aftercare instructions. However, there's tons of useful information and websites regarding aftercare.

Painful Pleasures, carry an assortment of beads. The beads can be easily replaced by grabbing the anchor underneath the skin and removing the top. The piercing can look completely different just be changing the bead.

Microdermal anchors have became quite popular recently for many reasons. The procedure alone is quite simple and the semi-permanence attracts many young people to this new body modification. The pros seem to definitely outweigh the cons in considering other forms of surface piercings and implants.


Mix 1 gallon of distilled water and 4 teaspoons of non-iodized sea salt together. The saline solution should be put in the microwave and heated (as hot as you can stand). Soak the piercing 5 to 10 minutes, at least once a day. Also, it is necessary to keep the microdermal anchor dry and clean. Only use liquid soaps that are mild and fragrance-free. Never use any ointment like Neosporin. Using proper aftercare can prevent pain, infection, keloids, cysts, and expensive doctor visits.