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Microdermal implants are a form of body modification which gives the aesthetic appearance of a transdermal implant, without the complications of the much more complicated surgery associated with transdermal implants. Microdermals are single point piercings which are a sort of surface piercing.
Microdermal implants can be placed practically anywhere on the surface of the skin on the body, but are different from conventional piercings in that they are composed of two components: an anchor, which is implanted underneath the skin, with a step protruding from (or flush with) the surface of the surrounding skin, and the interchangeable jewellery, which is screwed into the threaded hole in the step of the anchor.
They should not be implanted in hands, feet, wrists, collarbones or any area where it is not flat or that is near a joint.
The procedure is usually performed using a dermal punch or needle. When a dermal piercing is done with a punch, the pouch is made in a different way. When using a needle, the pouch is made by separating the skin. When using a dermal punch, the pouch is made by removing a bit of tissue. A microdermal punch is less painful and therefore commonly used. The process starts by identifying the point of piercing on the sterilized area that will be marked with a surgical marker. The micro dermalpunch is then used to remove skin tissues. The anchor is then placed under the skin and a piece of jewelry is placed using surgical forceps.
Microdermal implants are a more desirable alternative to surface piercings, as they provide less scarring when removed. They are semi permanent and can be removed with the assistance of a professional. Implants should be left alone and covered for the first 3–6 months as they are susceptible to outside damage (tugging, pulling and catching, which move the implant closer to the surface of the skin). Also, the body naturally rejects foreign objects, so it is crucial for the piercings to go as deep as possible. In order to combat these effects constant modification to the jewelry is being made; the latest use large holes in the anchors to encourage tissue to grow through to hold the jewelry in place.