A dermal anchor can be just as easily placed on the belly as on the rest of the body.
Considering the rising popularity of the microdermal piercing, it is clear that the belly is a beautiful spot for it.
Dermal anchors can be placed anywhere around the belly, according to the customer’s wishes and creativity.
Some customers like to create a certain shape, while others like to combine colors and different attachments. Since many customers also have tattoos on their belly to begin with, they often like to adorn them even further with a dermal anchor.
These are known as „implants“, or as a customer of mine once described it, “The things you staple under the skin.“
All of the terms used for this form of piercing are referring to the same thing. Technically its known as single-point-piercing, which simply means that it has one entry point, and not two as in regular piercings. In the process a pocket of skin forms in which the jewelry then takes root.
It is important to understand that a dermal anchor never really grows into the flesh, because the top portion remains above the skin. This means that air and liquid can circulate.
Dermal anchors are still relatively new. Since their introduction in the middle of 2006, the popularity of microdermals has skyrocketed. Initially jewelry similar to nose studs were used. A loop under the skin was intended to help it grown in and stay in place. However, experience showed that specially designed implants provided better results.
Today we have a broad range of implants at our disposal and can therefore accommodate any part of the body.
The implant is chosen based on the area of the body and the depth of the piercing canal.
A dermal anchor can take between 2 and 4 months to heal completely, rarely longer. The healing process for a surface piercing is a little longer than other piercings, due to the skin being under tension. Like other external piercings, in the first three weeks it should be cleaned with ProntoLind spray twice a day, and then coated with ProntoLind gel. It is important to wash your hands before touching the pierced area and the jewelry itself. By caring for the piercing in the correct manner and with the proper materials, you will rarely have to deal with cases of proud flesh.
Disinfectant solutions containing alcohol or chlorine should be avoided.
The implant is inserted in the tissue and will remain there, therefore the implant itself cannot be changed since it is embedded in the skin. The implant itself is 1.5mm large. However, the upper attachments can be changed; and currently they are available in three sizes (2.5mm, 3mm, and even 5 or 6mm). There are round discs with rhinestones of all colors and designs (e.g. star-shaped).
The attachments are also available in gold; in fact there are new designs coming on the market almost weekly. The dermal anchor has never been so popular and is no longer considered something “dangerous”.
Dermal anchors require very clean and precise work. If the implant is not placed in the right position, and above all not deep enough in inside the tissue, there is a big risk of it growing back out. If it does begin to grow out, then there is a danger of it snagging on something, so it is better to remove it completely before it is accidentally torn out. Some areas, like the back of the hand or the knuckles or ankles, are not suited to dermal anchors, simply because they cannot be inserted deeply enough to be secure.
Unlike piercings, you cannot remove piercings yourself. Moreover, for the first 6 months you should avoid excessive movement, so that the implant can anchor itself securely in the tissue.