How to Install and Care for Dermal Anchor

How to Install and Care for Dermal Anchor


Dermal anchors, also known as surface piercings, are the newest procedure to body modification that is out today. A dermal anchor, once installed, is a piece of jewelry that gives the appearance of a small rhinestone or bead on the skin. It gives the illusion that it is a sticker or simply glued on. Since the jewelry is so small, it allows for placement just about anywhere on the body. The procedure of installation was devised by Ben Trigg, from House of Color located in Colorado Springs. He created the dermal anchor only a few years ago, but within the last year, has perfected the process and even jewelry. The portion of the jewelry that is installed in the skin, the anchor, is a titanium base that is flat and ovaled-retangular shaped plate that is inserted into the skin. The base has holes so that the skin can grow through them holding the anchor in place permanately once healed. The visible part of the jewelry can be replaced just by simply unscrewing the head of the jewelry, but may require a special tool. This is a surgical procedure, so find a reputable and experienced body modification professional.

Installation of the jewelry only takes about a minute, once a site for the piercing has been chosen. The first step to installing a dermal anchor is prep the skin. Sanitation of the injection site is usually done with sergical scrub on a cotton ball, rubbing alcohol, or even soap and water. This is done to prevent infection of the piercing. Once the area and the jewelry are completely sanitized, the piercer will place a small dot with a surgical pen to show where the anchor will be once it is installed, for customer inspection. After the customer is happy with the placement, then installation begins.

There are two ways that dermal anchors can be installed, the most common one is with a dermal punch, also known as a biopsy punch. The piercer creates a hole in the skin using the dermal punch,...

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