A dermal anchor piercing looks like a small bead resting on the skin, except that the bead is firmly attached beneath the skin. With most piercings, there is an entrance and an exit. Dermal anchor piercings do not have an exit. The only thing that can be seen is the bead. Dermal anchor piercings are becoming popular, and professional piercers are practicing and experimenting with the procedure.
Dermal anchor piercings are similar to transdermal implants. These implants are difficult and even illegal in some places. They give the appearance of a stud, or bead, that is "screwed" into the body. The procedure requires the skin to be cut, a hole to be punched and the jewelry to be slid beneath the skin. The piercing has an extremely low success rate. Luckily, dermal anchor piercings have been developed. They are less invasive and do not have as difficult a procedure.
The procedure for dermal anchor piercings is similar to the punch and taper technique. A small hole is punched into the skin using a dermal punch. The dermal punch removes an actual piece of flesh and leaves a hole that can be looked through if on the ear. For dermal anchor piercings, the hole is made and the skin is separated from the connective tissue located beneath. The jewelry is inserted into the area that was made.
Dermal anchor piercings can be placed nearly anywhere on the body because they are so small. They can often be seen on wrists, ears, stomachs and chests. When getting a dermal anchor piercing, avoid places where the skin moves a lot. This can affect the healing of the piercing and cause a rejection. Dermal anchor piercings have a high rejection rate. The body naturally wants to remove any foreign objects and that includes pieces or metal shoved into the skin. Since a hole was punched into the skin, the piercing requires a longer healing time.
Before getting a dermal anchor piercing, do research on professional piercers. Many will do the piercing but are not knowledgeable, or do not care, about the possible rejection. Only go to a professional piercer who has done dermal anchor piercings successfully. Make sure to see pictures and ask lots of questions. If a dermal piercing rejects, there will be scars that will last forever.