The immensely popular dermal anchors can be placed nearly anywhere on the body.
Naturally the breast or the décolleté area lends itself particularly well to this form of piercing, and is a real eye catcher.
Although many women choose this dermal anchor to accentuate their femininity, men can wear them too. Whatever pleases is best.
Thanks to the interchangeable anchor discs, the dermal anchor can be altered at any time in terms of its look, its design, or its size. In this way it never gets repetitive and one can be very creative in the process.
They are often referred to as “implants”, or as one my clients describes them: “Those things that you staple under the skin.”
But what does this involve? What are the facts?
All of the terms used for this form of piercing are referring to the same thing. Technically it is 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 grow in and stay in place. However, experience showed that specially designed implants provided better results.
Currently, there are a number of different implants that we can use, allowing us to place it on almost any part of the body. Depending on the area of the skin, and the depth of the piercing, we select the most suitable implant.
A dermal anchor piercing can take between 2 and 4 months to heal completely, rarely longer. 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 stay 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 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 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 that it can snag 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.
A dermal anchor can also serve to embellish a tattoo. In short, you can be as creative as you wish.