Single Point Piercing (Implants)
There are two main varieties of single-point piercings to distinguish between:
- removable systems, which allow the tops to changed (dermal anchors)
- fixed systems, in which the top disc is only rarely exchanged for another one (skindivers).
But because skindivers take up less room than dermal anchors and are smaller, they are a common way to decorate tattoos or adorn the face.
Dermal anchors are the more popular options, however, since they are much more flexible.
The facts about this form of piercing:
Since there is only one point of access, which serves as both an entry and an exit, this form of piercing is internationally known as “single-point-piercing”.
In terms of placement, this form of piercing can be compared with the regular piercings of eyebrows, navels, lips, etc.
Instead of the usual tunnel-shaped scar or “piercing canal”, you get a “pocket of skin”. Both have a point of access from the skin surface to the piercing.
A regular piercing forms a tunnel-shaped scar with two points of access from the skin surface to the piercing: an entry and an exit point.
A single-point-piercing forms a pocket of skin with one point of access, which serves as both the entry and exit point.
In terms of healing and care, the process for both forms is essentially the same and generally free from complications (this is attested to by a survey conducted by the magazine “Expand”, in which more than a 1000 microdermal wearers were questioned over the course of a year).
Since it isn’t a scalpel that is used, but a dermal punch (1.5mm in diameter) or a venous cannula (standard piercing needle with a diameter of 1.7mm), there is no line-shaped or surface-area damage or scar tissue.
A microdermal or a skindiver “single-point-piercer” is technically not an implant, because it is not inserted under the skin but within the skin or just under the skin surface. This is also why microdermals are classified as piercings.
The APP (Association of Professional Piercers), the OPP (Organization of Professional Piercers), as well as the EAPP (European Association of Professional Piercers) concur with the above-mentioned definitions and publicize them accordingly.
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