MicroDermal Anchors are single point piercings. In other words, only one end or bead is visible to the eye. They can be placed anywhere on the body. You should only go to an experienced, professional piercer who has done this procedure before.

I am always stopped when I am out in public because everyone is curious about my microdermal. Everyone wants to know how it is done. As the wife of a piercer, I have witnessed many anchors being inserted.

Pick out the jewelry. Most of the anchors have holes in them. The skin adheres through the holes, so the microdermal is anchored. There are some anchors on the market with no holes. This is for easier removal. There are many gems and beads to choose from. They are screwed on to the anchor so they can be changed whenever you want.

First, you must prep the skin. Use a surgical scrub to clean the skin thoroughly.

Using a surgical pen (or surgical ink and toothpick), mark the skin where the microdermal anchor will be placed.

Remove the skin with a dermal punch.

**A dermal punch (or biopsy punch) is a cylindrical-shaped surgical instrument used in the medical field. Unlike needles, which separates the skin, the dermal punch actually removes the tissue.

Using forceps, insert the microdermal anchor. The gem or bead should already be screwed on to the anchor. In order to place the anchor beneath the skin, it must be held in a vertical position so it slides into the skin and then pushed downward into a curved direction. This will allow the entire anchor to be placed under the skin. Make sure it is parallel to the surface or else the bead/gem will appear tilted or crooked.

Now that the procedure is complete, you must take good care of the anchor. Proper aftercare is a must to avoid infection!


My husband recommends buying 1 gallon of distilled water and adding 4 teaspoons of salt to make a saline solution. Microwave the solution (as hot as you can stand) and soak your microdermal. There are some great web sites that offer a wide variety of beads and gems. Google it. For more information on healing and aftercare, visit my husband's web site, at, or his MySpace, at


MicroDermal Anchors can be easily snagged. Placement is key. Make sure it is somewhere on your body where it can't be easily snagged or ripped out. If you do not use proper aftercare, your anchor can get infected. Keep it clean!