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Dermal Anchors

Dermal, micro-dermal, or single point anchoring has arrived!

These are the guidlines recommended by our piercing studio Urban Piercings

This is still a relatively new procedure, so we have been naturally cautious. However, recent advances in the jewellery available, has made dermal anchoring a much safer piercing to perform, and heal.

So how does it work? The dermal anchor consists of a plate, a stem and an attachment. The plate is placed under the skin, the stem sits vertically through your skin and the attachment is the visible part above your skin. The jewellery we have chosen has three holes in the plate, utilising your body’s tissue growth to ‘mesh’ with the jewellery, forming a near permanent bond with the jewellery. The stem sits flush with your skin, and the attachment is a round, double sided dome. All this means that, within reason, a single point piercing can be placed almost anywhere on your body. This opens up a lot of creative possibilities with patterns, and shapes. Or simply sits discretely, all on its own.

So why chose a dermal anchor over a surface piercing? Dermal anchors, when cared for properly, will heal in a matter of days! More time will be required for the skin to fully mesh with the jewellery, but the visible part will cause little pain, or discomfort. Dermal anchors do not move, so no friction is placed on the exposed skin cells, and outside contaminants are not pushed inside the piercing. Not forgetting the aesthetics of course!

The downsides? The fusing of your body in the holes of the plate means this piercing is considered permanent! Removal requires cutting the new tissue from each part of the plate before it can be removed. This can be a painful and lengthy process, sometimes leaving raised scar tissue. Your piercer at Urban Piercings may not be able to remove the jewellery, and a certified medical practitioner may need to be consulted.

So how is a dermal anchor performed? As a general rule, urban piercings performs dermal anchors with a needle blade only. However fleshier parts will need to be performed with a combination of a dermal (or biopsy) punch, and a needle blade. There has been a lot of discussion on this subject, but as with anything performed at Urban Piercings, the method that makes sense to the piercer, and that provides the results, is the only method that will be used.

Is there an age restriction? Yes, because of the permanent nature of dermal anchors, they will only be performed on adults, aged 18 and over, regardless of parental consent. Photographic proof of age will be required if you look anywhere near that age. AnchorAnchorSo what next? Have a read through the dermal anchor aftercare guidelines below, then contact Urban Piercings and arrange for a consultation before your piercing is performed. We will discuss placement, method and costs before we can proceed with your piercing.

Cleaning solutions Saline solution is all that is needed to heal a dermal anchor piercing. No anti-bacterial, anti-septic or other solution is required. These will have a detrimental effect on the piercing.

Cleaning Procedure Saline should be used as a compress, once a day, first thing in the morning. Simply soak a cotton pad with the saline solution, and press against your piercing. Soak with a moderate amount of pressure for two to three minutes. Then dry the area around the anchor, using a fresh cotton pad and a small amount of pressure.

What to avoid Avoid getting your dermal anchor wet through the healing process. This includes showering. Your Anchor will need to stay thoroughly dry to avoid infections. Avoid touching, moving, playing with, or any physical contact with your dermal anchor, outside your saline soak.

Other healing aids Zinc or arnica supplements will aid your body’s natural healing process. Arnica in particular will help remove any bruising. Use as directed on the packaging. Also ibuprofen will help if you notice any excessive swelling, again, only use as directed.

Other advisories Use the surgical patches you have been supplied with for the next three nights. Patch up the piercing, making sure to allow some air between the anchor and the patch, and remove in the morning before cleaning. Change into clean clothes every day, and change your bed clothes frequently.

Changing the attachment Your dermal anchor will need to be well healed and secured before changing the attachments. For this reason you should wait ten, to twelve weeks before changing them, and always consult your piercer first

And don’t forget . . . Dermal anchors are intended to be permanent; therefore removal can be a long and painful procedure. Your piercer will not be held responsible for removing your dermal anchor, and a certified medical practitioner may need to be consulted. Please provide a print out of this sheet, with the diagrams below.
Also remember where the heel and toe of your anchor sit in relation to your body!