Microdermals are one of the latest additions to the world of body modification. The anchors go by a variety of names including “surface anchors” “Transdermal anchors”, “subdermals” or “anchors”

A microdermal or surface anchor has evolved from the techniques used in pocketing, dermal anchoring and transdermal implants.

“The idea is to give the aesthetic look of a transdermal implant but with the simplicity and safety of a piercing” (Brian Decker – Pure Body Arts).

The simplest way to describe the jewelery is that of a miniaturized transdermal implant, i.e. a flat plate which sits beneath the skin with a single exit for a barbell post giving the visual effect of jewelery (a bead, spike, etc.) that appears to be screwed right into the body.

This piece of jewelry is designed for a “single point” piercing. Which means that it is a piercing that has only one visible end or bead. Because of this it allows you to be very creative with piercing placement. Place a single gemstone in a third eye position, add an eye to a tattoo, basically anywhere on your body you can insert a microdermal anchor. No invasive procedure is required to implant a dermal anchor.

These are installed with only 1 needle and one insertion. Only go to an experienced piercer who has done this procedure before. This is not the Dermal Anchorâ„¢ made by Ben Trigg.

Various examples of microdermals in action:

Our microdermals are made from 6AL4V ELI F-136 Implant Grade Titanium (Grade 23). A variety of ends such as gems, spikes and balls can be used to change things up with your new microdermal.

Whether you’re a piercer or a piercee, both will find the following video on how to care for a microdermal very informative.

Check back later for more information on giving, receiving and caring for microdermal piercings.

2 thoughts on “Microdermals

  1. Austin Jay

    Would like to know if transdermal implants are possible to get on the knuckles or even in between. The idea is to get spikes. If anyone could help direct me to someone who would know or can even do it that would greatly appreciated.

    1. Brandon Post author

      Our observation is that dermals can be placed anywhere on the body as long as there’s adequate room for movement and healing. However, you will need to find a piercer experienced in these types of implants to talk with you about what you might expect and not expect. Best place to start would be local searches and just start calling the shops in your area. Regardless of what a shop claims as far as what they can do – always ask to see their portfolio so you can get a better idea of their experience. If they don’t have one to show you or their dermal work is minimal, it is recommended that you move onto a different shop.


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