micro dermal removal

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Monday August 18th, 2008 @ 10:02 PM

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what is the best way to remove an unwanted microdermal that has completely healed? also what is your suggested aftercare following removal?

The absolute best way to remove one would be to go to the person who did it and ask them to remove it. The second best way to remove one would be to go to a reputable studio- one that does microdermals, and ask them to remove it. (if they do it for free, make sure to tip them)

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28 Responses to “micro dermal removal”


    Lucas Reichennek on August 20th, 2008 at 5:07 pm
  2. I’ve debated with myself whether to post this… but I think the last resort option deserves a mention. I’ve personally had to cut out a rapidly rejecting microdermal when I didn’t have timely access to a piercer I trusted. Instead I relied on phone advice from my piercer; it was either that or let it reject entirely and risk complications and permanent cosmetic damage.

    So, regard this as an emergency procedure only, again a LAST RESORT. You risk severe scarring if anything goes wrong. Having someone else around is a good idea in case you run into trouble.

    * Clean the surrounding area with alcohol swabs, allow to dry
    * Hold the post in place using a pair of forceps or hemostats
    * Use a #11 scalpel to cut the skin from the post of the MD to the end of the “heel” (the short end of the implant)
    * Use a fairly fine gauge needle to separate the skin to expose the heel
    * Separate the top layer of skin from the MD by maneuvering the needle around the post and sliding it over the entire area of the implant base
    * Use the forceps to lift the MD, and using a fresh needle or #11 scalpel separate the bottom side of the implant base from the surrounding tissue
    * Pull the MD out through the newly enlarged post hole, heel first. Expand the hole slightly with a scalpel if necessary
    * Bandage things up, go have a smoke

    Expect blood, expect pain. Have spare scalpel blades, needles and gauze on hand in case of the unexpected. Afterwards, let it sit overnight then wash with antimicrobial soap for a couple of days and remove any excess dried blood with warm saline. It should heal within a few days and with luck, the most noticable scar will be from the 14g dermal punch.

    As always, I AM NOT A PIERCER, this is based on my own one off experience, although it’s essentially the same technique I’ve seen used by a piercer highly experienced with MDs. Doubtlessly one of our friendly resident professionals can point out the gotchas I’m no doubt unaware of…!

    redeye on August 22nd, 2008 at 2:40 am
  3. I have never, ever had to use ANY kind of edged implement to remove a rejecting microdermal (usually some massage and harsh language is more than enough), let alone a well-healed one - for a healed micro, all I do is maybe run a smaller-gauge needle along the foot to loosen the fistula a bit, and they pop right out with a little pressure. I have never had to hack someone open with a scalpel to get one out! So, yeah, I’m gonna have to go with Shawn on this one, big time - go see a competent piercer and let them help you. Otherwise, end up with massive scars and bleeding and potential need for suturing with redeye’s DIY campaign. :/

    Lori St.Leone on August 22nd, 2008 at 7:50 pm
  4. I didn’t want to turn things nasty, since I knew I was bound to piss somebody off, so I’ve delayed replying Lori.

    Firstly, I admit that I should have stressed that my posting really had only a tenuous relation to the original question, and only pertained to emergency removal - I weighed it up and decided the information was better off out there than treated like a trade secret.

    In my defense, I in no way encourage(d) DIY, let alone engaged in a campaign. I just had a look to see how I’d scarred up and I couldn’t even find exactly where the dermal had been, let alone massive scars. A 2-3mm scalpel incision is insignificant in comparison to a 14g dermal punch. Using sutures on a cut that small is not only unnecessary but guaranteed to cause the massive scars you’re worried about. Again I’m not a piercer, but the only scarring on the scalpel-removed MDs I’ve seen has been that left by the dermal punched post fistula. FWIW, two of the MDs in question were removed by a piercer for whom I know you have respect, using essentially the same technique I described. Well… to be fair, he quit smoking a few years back.

    Ideally nobody would *have* to do what I described, but in the real world I did, and I’d rather others in a similar situation had something to go by other than trial and error. If you feel that strongly that I’ve spread misinformation or encouraged dangerous practices, by all means delete our comments.

    redeye on September 12th, 2008 at 10:03 am
  5. This may be a rather old topic, but I thought I would add my 2 cents.

    First things first, I am a professionally employed body piercing, and have done multiple dermal implants, as well as having one myself.

    My issue is that my body hates piercings, embedded or otherwise. I am constantly having issues with my surface piercings growing out, so it came as no surprise when my dermal was rejecting from my skin.

    Unfortunately, mine was on my face, just below my eye, so I was worried about potential scarring that may result from removing it using a scalpel.

    Basically what I did was grasp the post with hemostats, and slowly pull the skin back from the foot (short bit) of the anchor. It took a bit of massaging of the skin, and wiggling of the anchor to release it from the surrounding tissue, but the foot finally came out. Then it was a simple matter of slowly wiggling and pulling on the anchor to slide out the rest of the foot.

    The drop of blood that came was cleaned up with gauze, did a warm SSS, then washed it with anit-bacterial soap, dried it with some more gauze and put a patch over it.

    So far it is healing up well, and once healing is complete, I will be putting Vitamin E oil on it to help reduce the effect of the scar.

    Please note that you should really only try this method if you know what you are doing and have access to the right equipment. I had clean hands, was wearing latex gloves, in a clean environment and with serialized tools.

    Personally, if you are not a body piercer or someone with medical training, go see someone who is. I am only writing about my method to give other options rather than going under the knife.

    Hope this helps some people out, and if you have any questions, please email me at: [email protected]


    Daniel Dye on May 18th, 2009 at 12:19 pm
  6. I noticed my microdermal getting red at the end where the ‘heel’ was. No piercing studios near me would remove it, (even the place that had put it in!), and so I decided to leave it in for some more time.

    After a while I noticed I could see silver under my skin, and as anticipated it was the heel of the microdermal. I then wondered how far I could massage the heel up and out of my skin, to try and begin removing it myself.

    After around a week I had managed to massage the heel out almost completely - there was just a tiny bit of skin between the heel and the post. Naturally, one day in the shower, I decided to cut this skin of with a sterilized pair of scissors. But, no luck - the microdermal stayed put.

    After I got out of the shower I sprayed it with some antiseptic spray, grabbed the post between my thumb and forefinger, and forcefully pulled it out of my skin. There was alot of resistance at first and it didn’t move, but when the right amount of force was exerted, it ‘popped’ out.

    Even though I was successful I do not recommend trying this method yourself, as it isn’t particularly sterile, or safe.

    With regards to scarring, I am writing this 12 hours later after having performed the removal this morning, and the red mark that is left is already tiny, somewhat smaller than the redness around my skin when the bar was rejecting.

    I am applying an anti-scarring gel to reduce the scar.

    Peter on July 26th, 2009 at 7:30 pm
  7. I am really wanting to get a MD piercing around my eye area to bring out my single snake bite piercing by my lip. All these stories of rejection is scary. But what assume is rejection dont happen immidiately like at that instance. After reading articles they said that MD piercings should reject because a different kind of steel is being used.
    So has anyone used Skin Divers before, its said that its smaller and easier to remove but most likely to reject.
    Let me know I want to get this piercing in the nxt week or so. write me @ [email protected]

    QueenJ2Sweet on November 4th, 2009 at 1:47 pm
  8. I had my MD’s done about six and a half months ago. I didn’t have any problems with mine till recently but as another person described the. Heel coming to the service one of mine did the same thing …. I used a needle and scapel to remove it m

    Meg on May 5th, 2010 at 3:04 am
  9. I had a MD put into the center of my chest about half a year ago. I knew it was in a place probably more prone to contact and accidental ‘catchings’ and thus those were what started the rejection process in my dermal. About four days ago, a bump started to rise over the bottom foot. I of course stepped up my usual care for it, and waited to see if this was from irritation or rejecting. Sadly, today, I could clearly see the metal foot in the bump and knew it was not salvageable. I looked into a lot of dermal removal vids on youtube, read this page and many others, and due to the nature of the way mine was rejecting, self removal seemed optional and easier. My dermal had risen up over time, which I contributed to the fact it is between my breasts and I somehow figured clevage was the main contributor to it being raised so much. Of course with clean hands and cleaning the area with rubbing alcohol, I proceeded to push the dermal in the direction it was rejecting, thus hoping to pop the risen foot up and out. This was a success after maybe two minutes of pressing, and then as soon as the rejecting foot was out, the other easily slid out with a small drop of blood. I did not have to cut myself at all, which was a relief. Now, I only felt it was possible to do myself since the post was raised a lot, indicating there was not a lot of skin between the feet and jewel, I could easily fit a q tip under it to clean it, and the bump that formed clearly showed the foot, so in my head the mechanics were it was not nearly as deep as when first placed therefore making my job easier. If you do not know what you are doing you should always go to a professional who does, but in my case it was easily removed in my bathroom with little fuss since it was far down the rejection road. It has been a few hours since I removed it, and the bump is already starting to go down, and the only part that looks like it will scar will be where the dermal punch was. MDs are awesome, but I don’t know if I will get one again, they are beautiful, no doubt about that, it is just as with most modifications there can be difficulties, and I’d rather not end up popping things I love out of my chest again. So, many thanks to the previous posts, of course no one should recommend self removal of these things, but for those of us with the balls and the respect for cleanliness, this page was very helpful.

    Peach on August 3rd, 2010 at 3:26 am
  10. I have 4 MD’s and they are all doing fine, I guess. I have two on my lower back, one in the back of my neck, and one mid-chest, cleavage area… The last one is the one I’m concerned about. It seems like it’s getting shallower, and I can more easily feel the foot under my skin. I’m wondering if I should have it removed and repierced deeper (if that’s even possible?) So, I guess my question is: what are the odds that I could get this piercing redone, and what are the odds that it will be a success?

    Thanks in advance!

    Linka on August 28th, 2010 at 12:21 pm
  11. Peach, Thank you for that.
    I have a rejecting foot. Inbetween the breasts as well.
    I too have have sadly come to the conclusion that its not salvagable. I have been wanting to take it out. (ok not at all) its just too far gone… I will try tomorrow
    Thanks for the confidence.

    hilaryann on August 30th, 2010 at 2:54 am
  12. after all the posts, this page gave me my answers. thank u peach, same almost exact issue w/ my dermal. between cleavage area as well. im pissed cause my sister’s is perfect! its been 8 months, the last 2 months ive hit it a few times, i think thats what started the rejection. only thing i cant see the foot, theres just a red ring around the diamond (it sitting high). very agravating, i love it :(

    nichole on February 1st, 2011 at 6:51 pm
  13. Hey I just ripped my little fucker out its been bugging me for a month, what a relief I hope I dont get an infection

    Erin on April 15th, 2011 at 1:21 am
  14. i just took mine out.
    i boiled some water, put some tweasers and a safety pin in it to sterilise. used whatever antiseptic or whatever in the house on the area where the dermals are, made sure hands were washed and all that. got a roll of paper towels and cotton buds/tissues. mine are on my wrist so if theyre on your face or something i’d get it done profesionally at a piercer, but mine don’t matter if they scar heaps.
    i also held my wrist under some warm water and pinched and massaged the area heaps, but i don’t know if that helps.
    basically… slide the pin right under the dermal top and try to get it in where your skin touches the bar… push it through and poke it out a few millimetres from the dermal. and you’ll want that to be pretty deep but not too deep… cuz otherwise it’ll bleed heaps. basically.. if what youre doing reaallyy stings then thats probably too deep. it shouldn’t really hurt too much-well it didnt for me. but at the same time.. this isn’t just through the top layer of skin. you need to go deep enough that its actually rly hard to push through.
    any way… from the point the pin came out, just work from there, sticking the needle in, poking it through around the area of the shorter side of the foot. you’ll want to slide the pin all the way through so you can rip up and tear the skin between where pin went in and came out. otherwise it’ll take ages lol. not as painful as it sounds:)
    keep doing that till you reckon its enough, use the tweasers and your hands to push and pull the bar and top till it comes out. this part is really hard, cuz dermal is designed to get rly stuck in there.. but it didn’t really hurt too much.
    then your done! make sure you clean the wound with antiseptic and cover it.

    matt on June 2nd, 2011 at 1:15 am
  15. I woke up the other day and there was massive swelling and the dermal was literally sitting sideways on my stomach. Today I took a needle and lanced it, turns out the dermal was coming out. So I cut the flesh and pulled it out, it was very resistant at first but then it just popped out. Probably gonna have a scar, but whatever, I am glad to see it go.

    BigB on June 29th, 2011 at 10:41 pm
  16. DESPERATE for mine to be taken out! I have 5 on my forearm and one on my face (there were two but one ‘fell out’ last night!)

    They have lasted over 18 ,moths now but enough is enough….!

    Aimee on July 17th, 2011 at 1:15 pm
  17. I have two MD’s on my nape. I first got them about two years ago. The one has never given me a day’s hassle. The other one has rejected twice. It’s now rejecting for a third time and I doubt whether it’s salvageable. The first time it just popped out by itself, the second time I pulled it out because the foot was exposed. I’ve removed the jewellery in an effort to reduce the keloid. I’m really considering giving up on this now. It’s just been a very expensive, and painful exercise. I’m not sure how much MD’s cost in the US, but here in South Africa they cost upwards of R400 which is about $60.

    Dietrich on August 16th, 2011 at 5:34 am
  18. I had my microdermal piercing removed from my face by a doctor using lidocaine and a scalpel… thank god I was numb, because it sure was bloody! Watch my experience on Youtube to see what you might have to go through - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmiLuqRB09U - be warned if you’re squeamish!


    Mia on August 17th, 2011 at 11:58 am
  19. hey, my microdermal was rising out but now the skin has swollen around it and simply started to grow back over the actual piercing underneath. what do i do?!

    beth on November 15th, 2011 at 3:16 am
  20. I read all these opinions and decided to do it myself…. All I did was wiggle the dermal till the soon broke lose then pulled against the long end of the anchor and stretched my skin the oposite way and it just popped out pain free just a spot of blood… Wammmmo

    chris on March 15th, 2012 at 7:52 pm
  21. Right, all these comments are doing my head in!
    I am a microdermal specialist who has been on a full course to learn about the procedures for inserting AND removing microdermal anchors.
    The truth is, there’s not really any point in debating it and the first reply explaining that you should go to a good reputable studio that you can trust is the correct answer and your best option!
    Ok you might not have time to go to a studio to do it, but it’s worth it. Some of you might have had easy experiences with removing them yourself, but at the end of the day, everybody is different, different skin, tissue, and ways of healing / rejecting the anchors.
    At the end of the day, you might remove it yourself with great ease, but what if you don’t and you cause some cosmetic damage (which would be unfortunate) or some serious damage (which could be a lot worse) and you aren’t able to rectify it?
    Just don’t take the risk if you can avoid it.
    I’ve had many rejecting dermals myself, and even though it is a straight-forward procedure that I know how to, and am fully qualified to do, I don’t do it myself.

    Anon on May 23rd, 2012 at 6:44 pm
  22. look i got a dermal how much does it cost to get the whole thing removed and will it scar?

    kb on July 17th, 2012 at 6:54 pm
  23. So I have a dermal right under my belly button. It’s fully healed, I’ve had it for about a year and a half now. But, I’m 10 weeks pregnant and it looks like my skin is trying to grow over top of it. The top piece isn’t very small either. I want to have it removed but I don’t have the money to go to the shop where I had it done. And I wouldn’t trust anyone else. Can any PROFFESIONALS tell me the risks of having a dermal in that location while being pregnant?

    Ally on August 11th, 2012 at 1:15 am
  24. Just removed my md myself and would NOT recommend it! My heel was out so I thought I would just pull the entire thing out. I got pretty far along but the other end wouldn’t budge. Turns out the skin grew through the hole in the foot. I’m not into heavy mods so I didn’t have a scapel on hand. So after a lot of fucking with it, it’s out but definitely not pretty! Go to a good piercer to have it removed even if you *think* you’re a badass and can DIY. The whole process will be much quicker if you go to a professional. I’ll post again to update on the healing process.

    Amanda on September 22nd, 2012 at 1:23 pm
  25. I had my three MD’s on my wrist removed 6 days ago. I took them out because the days that the piercings looked good after almost a year were few and far between. I have olive skin, and scar easily so I’m pretty sure getting these in the first place wasn’t a bright idea. The piercer that removed them said the purplish discoloration around the MD was because of scar tissue, and that would make getting them out harder. He wasn’t kidding. I wasn’t screaming in pain, but it really hurt. He didn’t remove the top jewels he just grabbed the entire head with forceps. I can now see that the first one he removed actually was torn out. The middle one, well the top gem snapped off along with part of the post. The third one popped out pretty well without ripping the surrounding skin. He then went back and with a needle starting the process of “digging” out the middle one. So six days in I have 3 purple swollen mounds that each morning and night I have to squeeze to remove the puss, which is similar in consistency to a zit (sorry, but it’s true). I’m trying to massage them to distribute the scar tissue but with no luck yet. I really think for some people, especially if scar tissue is whats causing the problem in the first place, to get these out is to take off the tops and make tiny incisions with a scalpel along the foot to make the removal less traumatic to the surrounding skin. I can live with the scars they won’t be my first, but I really hope the discoloration and the mounded scar tissue go away.
    If anyone has had this kind of problem with their MD’s a would appreciate any advice.
    Thank you!

    Justine on March 24th, 2013 at 2:10 pm
  26. Hey I just had 2 dermals removed, one on each side of my belly button. Had them for about 2 years, 1 was repierced after a year due to having gotten ripped out while jetskiing. Other than that they rarely gave me any problems but joining the military, I can’t have them in. My piercer did mine for free because I had them done by him originally, tipped him ofcourse. I had been told by a different piercer how I could take them out myself but let me tell you, having it done by a professional was much easier. It hurt like hell but he did it fast, much faster than I would’ve been able to do. I felt light headed when I stood up, made it out of my shop with my boyfriend, and then blacked out in the middle of the side walk, I guess the pain was just too much. So, having said that, I would highly recommend having it done by a pro, and the marks I have now, are very small dots, not healed at all yet but I’m sure it will heal just fine with a very small scar. Goodluck!

    Nikki on April 12th, 2013 at 2:58 pm
  27. Hey, been looking high and low for a similar problem to mine and thought I’d put it on here. I had 3 mds, 2 of which were done vertically in the top of my back. They always caught on things and I’ve always felt the top one was a bit wiggly, it never seemed like it sat firmly in my skin.

    Anyway, this morning I was straightening my hair and I literally just swept one hand round my neck to pull my hair to one side, caught my nail on it and it ripped out! It didn’t hurt as much as I had expected it to and I was also considering having them (professionally!) removed anyway.

    My concern is, where it has obviously been pulled out with some force, it looks like a small amount of skin is hanging out of the hole, which should be inside. I may be wrong but because of where the hole is I can’t get a good look at it. I don’t mind a scar being there but I’m concerned it will leave a weird lump. Will this excess skin fall off by itself?

    Alex on April 16th, 2013 at 3:14 pm
  28. Query… I have a dermal on my cheek bone - under my eye. I have had it since 2009 - never had any issues with infection or rejecting, but slowely over time it has raised up and up, to the extent that what was once flush to my skin is now a diamonti - then rod - then entrance to my face - but it is healed! So I am considering getting it removed, and want to know if the scarring will be particularly bad given its current healed state? I was always prepared for a little scar - beauty spot the shit out of it, but is it possible for it to be a sunken hole?

    so&so on June 23rd, 2013 at 11:33 pm

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