Microdermal Piercing: How it's Done, Risks and Aftercare

Microdermal Piercing Information

Microdermal piercings also known simply as microdermal, dermal piercings or single point piercings are a versatile piercing that can be placed almost anywhere on the body! Here is exactly how the procedure is done, all about the jewelry and important notes of aftercare. Keep reading to find out all you need to know.

The Jewelry

When it comes to microdermal jewelry you have less versatility in terms of hoop versus stud that most other piercings have. The jewelry is shaped almost like a ‘j’ or half a ‘h’. On the outside of the body sits the head of the piercing that is screwed onto the anchor. This part is easily changed depending on the style or image you’d like to be shown. Underneath the layer of skin sits the anchor which keeps the piercing from easily falling out of the punched hole.

This anchor is not simply a metal plate that sits within the skin, but includes several holes along it that allow the microdermal layer of skin to grow around it naturally. This continues to help the jewelry from being accidentally removed.

The Cost

This piercing should only be done by a professional piercer. A dermal piercing is not something you want to try and be cheap with. In the United States the average price is $45 up to $100 depending on how many are being done.

The Procedure

There are two types of procedure when it comes to microdermal piercings. The first is using a needle and the second is using a dermal punch. When being pierced using a needle the skin is separated, while using a dermal punch a small section of tissue is removed to create a pouch for the anchor to sit within. Aftercare and Healing

After the initial insertion of the jewelry the body piercer may place a bandaid on top of the piercing for the first few days in order to keep it from easily being irritated or in worse cases entirely ripped out.

Speaking of ripping this piercing out, during healing it’s important to be careful when removing clothing or depending on your placement, hair accessories as this may move, pull at the piercing or accidentally remove the piercing altogether. This can easily irritate the inner skin and can cause it to take longer to heal.

As per most piercings we recommend using sea salt soaks once or twice a day to help your piercing heal. Check out our guide on how to make your own sea salt soaks at home.

Microdermal Piercing Procedure

Major Microdermal Piercing Risks

Healing should take up to three months. During this time it’s important to pay attention for signs of rejection. This is an immune response to your piercing. Microdermal piercings are prone to rejection. See your piercer immediately if you’re worried there is an issue with your piercing.

Often times when this piercing is not done by a qualified piercer it will result in tissue damage. The dermal layer of skin is delicate, including blood vessels and nerves. If it is inserted too shallow it can migrate, when too deep it can pull the layers of skin together creating an effect called embedding.

Microdermal Piercing Removal

If you want a microdermal piercing removed you must see a piercer. Do not try this yourself otherwise you may cause real damage, and even after healing, may not be able to re-pierce the area!

During removal the area is massaged to ease the displacement of the jewelry. If the piercing is old threads of skin may have grown onto the anchor plate of the jewelry that may make it more difficult to remove.


This article is intended to let you know the basics of a microdermal piercing. Always follow up with your piercer when getting pierced and ask as many clarifying questions as you can! It’s always important to speak to a professional, qualified expert before getting pierced.