I want to buy my own dermal anchor jewelry

Wednesday June 10th, 2009 @ 7:13 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

I’d like to buy my own dermal anchor jewelry before going to a piercer to get it done; I need to buy four. But I don’t know a reliable site or what I should be looking for as far as the specifics go. If you could help me out, that’d be great.

An even better idea would be to find a piercer who can get in appropriate jewelry for you to have it done. I don’t pierce people with jewelry other than what comes out of my own shop so I can ensure and guarantee it’s quality.

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | Comments

Microdermal anchors

Wednesday May 6th, 2009 @ 7:34 AM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

Hi guys, I’m a piercer in Colorado, u.s.a. I have been doing Microdermal Anchors, as I call them, for about 3 years now. I learned to do them from another piercer, with much more experience than me who had been in volved with anchoring since the days before the Custom steel era, as I think of it. I learned the “needle” method, and the “punch” method, and both work great for me. I tend to use the needle method much more than the biopsy pucnh method due to my fear of hematomas(hope I spelled that right).

a few days ago, a shop doen the street started offering the same microdermal anchors, I asked the tattooer/piercer that did tham and he said that he “took a class….” and that “dermal pucnhing is the only good way to implant the anchors…”

My question is: In your opinion, can a “class” really teach you what you need to know about working in the Subcontaious layers ofthe skin, that you need to know about in order to do surface piercing, and micro anchoring? Because I don’t believe so, especially when biopsy punches come into play.

Thanks for your help

That all depends on the knowledge and experience of the person running the classes. Microdermals aren’t difficult to install providing you know what you are doing and being shown the correct technique can certainly help with the learning curve. If you are already an experienced piercer then you should already have a good knowledge of skin to start with. As for which technique is best, that is up to the individual. I prefer dermal punches and excessive bruising (haematoma) has never been an issue.

By the way - it’s ’subcutaneous’ ;)

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Microdermals vs. Surface bars on hip and nape area

Wednesday April 29th, 2009 @ 4:29 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

Hi there!

So I know that there have already been several inquiries regarding microdermals in the hip area, but I have looked at several different sites on the web, and talked to multiple piercers who have given me all different types of answers. Some have said that even dermal anchors won’t heal in the hip area,and microdermals can pop right out, and others have said both surface bars and dermals heal up fine…so therefore I am just trying to confirm are surface bars or dermals better for this procedure(also nape area)?and if I where to consider placing jewelry in my hip area, and above my pant line, would the piercing have a good had so many back-and-forth answers I am trying to get an honest and professional “break down” of the situation :)Thank you so much!!


You’ll often receive varying recommendations from different artists on the subject. There is no definite right or wrong answer on some aspects of these questions, but I’ll offer my personal advice.

Let’s start with the nape. This is one location where surface bars have had a higher chance of survival over the long term than most other locations on the body. I personally stick to titanium internally threaded surface bars with flat disks and the punch & taper procedure. If I’m doing microdermals I also stick to the punch & taper procedure with titanium internally threaded pieces with flat disks. I have had great results with this procedure and jewelry design over the years, so I stick with it. The nape is usually gravy.

As for the hips/pantline, this is not a practical location for either surface bars or microdermals. There is a lot of tissue movement there, which can be hazardous to a surface piercing. Not to mention running the risk of clothing catching your jewelry or putting pressure in it/them. This problem will be prevalent with microdermals and surface piercings alike.

I’m not saying that it will not heal, I’m just saying that the risks of problems are high and should be considered when attempting to heal something like this.

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Posted by Russ Foxx | Permalink | 2 Comments

How to hide my microdermals

Tuesday March 31st, 2009 @ 4:46 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual


I was just informed that my family & i will be going on a vacation to Greece which means I will be in a swim suit. The problem is that I have six microdermals on my stomache and very conservative parents who have no idea I have had them eight months.

I was wondering, is there was a way to hide them? Are there tops to the dermals that will hide them? I really don’t want to give up my very costly babies but i may have to because my mom made me take out my vertical labret as soon as she found out. And im afraid if she saw these i would be kicked out of my family.

How long does it take for you to heal after microdermal removal? Will there be scarring?


http://i44.tinypic.com/2dtxauo.jpg (my belly)

Honestly, your best bet for hiding them is a one piece bathing suit, which from what I understand, is very “in” right now. While there are flesh colored hider tops, they are not all that effective, especially for 6 pieces.

I don’t know your parents at all, but in most cases I have found parents, if talked to on an adult basis without screaming or whining are receptive to the “why I modify my body” talk. If you approach them on your own accord and explain these two key points, they should be receptive:
-Why you choose to modify your body.
-How the modifications you have chosen are semi-permanent, or if they are permanent, how they will fit into your adult life and future career.

If you can’t answer these questions then your parents have every right to be questioning your decisions. If you can answer them and you calmly and maturely explain your reasoning to your parents and they are still not receptive you have only two choices; confirm to there wishes or tell them something along the lines of “I am sorry you feel that way. I still do and always will love you, but I have made these choices for my life and I am committed to them. I do hope that one day you will realize that what I choose to do to my body is not much of a reason to cut ties with your child, and on that day i will welcome you with open arms.”

Of course if you still live with your parents or off of your parents money, you really have no grounds for arguing. If this is the case move out, take care of yourself and prove yourself as an adult, then go back to ‘the talk”.

As for the questions about removal of the microdermals, this is a perfect example of a question that should have been asked BEFORE getting the mod as well as a perfect example of questions that can be answered with a simple search on BME.

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Posted by Sean Philips | Permalink | 11 Comments

Surface Anchor Producing Lots of Lymph Fluid

Wednesday March 18th, 2009 @ 7:37 AM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

I have three surface anchors on my wrist (up-down) arrangement and they each have their own personalities. The first one I got has no problems. I recently had two more done about 6 days ago. The problem one is the middle piercing where it is constantly producing a pool of lymph fluid (clearish color). I have no redness in any of the piercings. I’m not normally concerned about this but the lymph fluid is being producing is A LOT. Every 5 minutes a small pool of fluid forms around the piercing. It’s almost been a week now and it’s still pushing out this much fluid. Should I be concerned?

At this early juncture, I wouldn’t fret TOO much about excessive lymphing. I’m a noted fan of the “better out than in” theory, if it weren’t draining, it’d be much more worrying! I’d salt soak it twice a day or so to encourage that drainage, and it SHOULD start to settle down within a week or two as it begins to heal. If it’s still playing up in a few weeks, consider popping in to see your piercer to get their take on it. :)

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Posted by Lori St.Leone | Permalink | 2 Comments

Dermal piercing vs. anchor piercing

Thursday March 5th, 2009 @ 8:58 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

So I had my cleavage pierced with a bar about a year ago. The bar wasn’t evenly put in, so I took it out before I had any real issues and before I was left with a nasty scar. I now want to get it re-done but with dermal studs over where the tiny scars are.

I want to know if there is a difference between dermal piercings or dermal anchor piercings (or if those are the same thing), and if they reject at all. I don’t plan on taking these out, so I want to make sure it is done right, and by a person that knows what they are doing. Any tips on making sure the person is experienced in doing a proper dermal piercing?

Thanks, Carissa.

So I think we may have a piercing term confusion somewhere…

By the sounds of it, you had a Surface piercing done with a surface barbell previously and now you have a scar as a result.
Now you’re considering getting dermal anchors (also known as Surface Anchors, Microdermals, etc - depending on where you’re from and who’s doin ‘em)

I’ve found that surface anchors are generally easier to maintain than surface piercings are but are not guaranteed to be more “permanent” than surface piercings are.. I’ve also found that putting surface anchors directly over previous piercing scars will make a more unstable environment for the anchor so you may want to place the anchors slightly above or below where the old scars are.

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | 4 Comments

Nape Piercing incorporated into your Lifestyle

Tuesday March 3rd, 2009 @ 4:34 PM

Filed under: BME/HARD, Surface/Unusual

Hi there,

This may seem like a rather random question but I’ve loved surface piercings for years and I’ve never quite found the right one for me until I saw a Nape Piercing on one of the guys that works at Alton Towers. Since that day and to this day I have been dying to get one, but I’ve slept on the idea now for a year and a half and I think I’m ready. My question is this … I have no problems with getting the piercing and looking after it, but I’m wanting to know what problems I might run into with it in my lifestyle, and if it would be detrimental for me. I’m an actor, and I don’t have a problem with the fact that “it will be visible for all auditions and what not”. My problem is that I’m still in training and we do lots of physical activities, and I do lots of physical activities as it is anyway. If I’m rolling around on the floor, and having to do backwards rolls, and neck rolls even once it’s healed, am I going to cause it severe irritation and/or stretching?

I’m also a big fan of water slides … what kinds of problems would this pose, or it just a case of being careful and covering up when necessary ??

Any information is greatfully received. I’m planning on getting it done at the beginning of the Easter Holidays so it has three weeks to get properly healed, but I’m going to Tenerife for a week and visiting a water park … Just doing my research and looking for answers!

Avid fan,

Robert J Southworth

Napes are pretty durable surface piercings when healed fully. I’d probably do it with a 10 ga flat titanium surface bar with flush disc ends and not too long of a length to assure the most durable piercing possible.

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Posted by Sean Philips | Permalink | 7 Comments

Ex-microdermal implant.

Tuesday February 17th, 2009 @ 4:01 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

So I woke up in a bit of chest pain this morning and went to investigate my (roughly 8 month old) dermal implant. She seemed to have a lot of crust around her, and was a little askew as well, so I washed up and got my cleaning tools (cotton tips - love em). Upon prodding around I noticed that the majority of the ‘crust’ was the lower end of the ‘foot’ of my implant!! The initial reaction was to yank it out, and once I did, LO AND BEHOLD THERE GUSHED A BLOODY SIGHT I HAVE NOT SEEN SINCE.. I got pierced. Not much really, but I freaked out.

My question is pertaining to the lovely wound I now have in the dead center of my chest. How can I keep it clean and free from infection (since I obviously couldn’t manage with the implant itself..)? And is there anything I should be looking for, such as a keloid or hypertrophic scarring?

It’s not unusual that after yanking out a surface anchor you experienced some bleeding.
Keep the wound clean like you would a cut. Mild soap whenever it becomes contaminated (touching it, contact with clothes, etc) keep it out of standing bodies of water for a couple weeks, don’t pick at it.

The resulting scar will depend greatly on how you scar normally. If you’re prone to keloid scars, there is a good chance that one could come up from the piercing.

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | Comments

hip surface piercing or dermal anchor?

Tuesday February 10th, 2009 @ 1:34 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual


I really want to get my hips pierced for my 18th birthday, and i love the look of a surface piercing - where the balls stick out just above the skin. However, it seems that they are almost definetely going to reject and i was wondering if it is possible to get the same effect using dermal anchors.

Also, what would be the approximate difference in price between the two options?


IMHO, the ONLY advantages surfaces bars have over anchors are:
-Easier to put in and easier to remove.
-One piercing give your two points, which makes it more cost effective.

Aside from those 2 reasons, I have never seen a situation where I felt a surface bar was a better bet than anchors.

Hips are notoriously difficult to heal, to have the best chance possible I’d advise anchors with flat disc ends to heal them.

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Posted by Sean Philips | Permalink | 28 Comments

My two surface piercings…

Friday February 6th, 2009 @ 10:06 AM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

I have two surface piercings on my wrist done with ptfe and I’m wondering if they are starting to reject… Both piercings seem to be settling quite well, and I’ve had them for around 6/7 months.

I recently had a dermal anchor put in between the two piercings and I’m thinking of having the surface piercings redone with dermal anchors to acheive the same effect, but due to the cost I don’t want to retire the surfaces if they are looking fine.

Anyway here are a couple of photos, any help and your opinion would be awesome!




The inflammation is on the inner portion of the piercing and you will notice that this redness will start to follow the length of the bar. I would retire them sooner rather than later. In my opinion, PTFE is not the best material for surface work and you would have had a better chance of success with surface bars fitted with flat discs, particularly in that area where balls are likely to catch on clothing.

The problem with PTFE is that although flexible it is still a straight piece of jewellery. This causes pressure at the piercing points and it is this pressure that will encourage your body to reject the bar. having a bar that has 90 degree bends where it exits helps alleviate some of the pressure thus lessening (but not wholly removing) the likelihood of rejection. PTFE may very well be flexible, but it isn’t as flexible as skin.

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