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Everything You Need to Know About Microdermal Piercings

What is a Microdermal Piercing?

A microdermal piercing, commonly called a dermal, is a piercing where the dermal is implanted into the skin and sits flat against the body’s surface. A microdermal piercing has a single-entry point, whereas a regular body piercing has a point of entry into the body and an exit outside the body, like a piercing through the ear lobe.

Where Are They Located on The Body?

Mirodermals can be done on various body parts, but it must be a flat part of the body with thick enough skin to hold the anchor. Some of the most common areas include:

  • Cheekbones
  • Collarbones
  • Back dimples
  • Back of the neck
  • Hips
  • Chest
  • Abdomen
  • Thighs

Microdermal Piercings vs. Body Piercings

Dermal piercings are considered more invasive than body piercings (surface piercings). Dermal piercings are implanted into the skin using an anchor, while surface piercings, such as ear piercings, go through the skin and tissue. Dermal healing time typically ranges from two weeks to a month, while surface piercings can take six to eight weeks to heal. Surface piercings usually use a needle, while dermal piercings commonly use a dermal punch.

Microdermal Implantation and Removal

You might wonder how the dermal stays in place underneath the skin – it is implanted into the body with an anchor to hold it sturdy. When dermals are implanted, they can be done using either a needle or a dermal punch. A dermal punch is a large, sharp, round tool that removes a small circle of skin or tissue, like a cookie cutter, from the body. Depending on the piercing type, location, and expert, a 1–2-millimeter section of skin is removed, and a space is created for the base of the anchor to fit.

The removal process is relatively simple but should be performed by a medical professional under sterile conditions and anesthetics. It involves making an incision into the skin and removing the anchor.

Things to Consider with a Microdermal Piercing

You should consider a few factors before deciding to get a microdermal piercing.

Chance of Infection

Although the chances of a piercing becoming infected are low, it is still a factor you should consider before getting a microdermal piercing. Piercings can become infected if factors such as tools, jewelry, or the location of the piercing on the body aren’t properly cleaned.


It is important to note that scarring can occur if you prematurely remove the dermal or play with it while it’s still healing.


Piercings require aftercare to ensure they stay clean and heal properly. During the healing process, general contact with the area should be avoided, as should activities such as swimming or intense physical activity. For more specific aftercare instructions, please chat with our experts at Utopia Salon.

Piercing Location

Deciding where to place your dermal piercing will impact the aftercare and other factors. Think about your daily routine, upcoming events or trips, and how the healing process may affect your day-to-day life.

Working with a Piercing Expert

An expert must perform your microdermal piercing, as it is relatively invasive. At Utopia Salon, our specialists provide expert-level microdermal piercings that are safe and sanitary.

Visit Utopia Salon for Your Piercing Needs

At Utopia Salon, we prioritize providing safe and clean piercings and providing our clients with all the necessary information before and after a piercing. Want to learn more about microdermals and our processes? Contact us at 540-722-4247 or request your appointment today!

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