The microdermal piercing
The microdermal piercing is also called the subcutaneous microimplant or also the dermal anchor, meaning an underlying anchor in English. Most often, however, you will come across the microdermal sign. This technology is not complicated, it only requires the hands of an experienced piercer. The application of a microdermal jewel consists in placing the base of the jewelery in the resulting hole in the skin, with the painfulness of this procedure comparable to the classic piercing. Microdermal piercing can be used almost everywhere on the body.
In the application, a hole is first created by the puncher. A T-shaped jewel is inserted into this hole. The shorter side of the jewelery is passed through the skin, the perpendicular base is placed horizontally with the skin. All common attachment types can be screwed onto the thread. The usual healing time for this piercing varies from two to six months.
There are two types of jewelry, with or without holes. Both versions have their pros and cons. When applying a hole variant, the tissue can easily pierce through these holes and hold the piercings firmly in place. In the case of a variant without holes, however, it is easier to remove the jewel. Quality microdermal is most commonly made of titanium, with a type G23 material best suited for body tissue.
Assuming someone’s unambiguous authorship of the microdermal is probably impossible. The shape of contemporary jewelery has been created in stages, almost 15 years. However, if we were to give some thanks for his final appearance, we would probably have to turn to Pat Pruitt of Custom Steel Body Jewelry, who is responsible for the design of the microdermal jewelry. He first introduced it to APP in 2006.
Already at the beginning of the nineties, some piercers who were not satisfied with the results of surface piercing healing and whose customers did not satisfy their visual appearance began experimenting with subcutaneous applications of jewelery in the shape of a non-similar classical nostril earring. Over time, there have been various forms of so-called “dermal anchors” (as they are sometimes called microdermals even today) without, however, moving the problem of healing surfaces anywhere further. On the contrary, the frequency of their growth, immeasurability, fragility and various other problems is soon out of the game, although more piercers have tried to come up with new and new solutions.
The breakthrough point probably occurred when three piercers, Brian Decker, Tom Brazda and Zachary Zito, most probably completely independent, were inspired by the subdermal and transdermal implant techniques that came with a punch and taper method for surface piercing. The revolution of this procedure consisted in the fact that no needle was used. Only the dermal puncher cut out the pieces of tissue, as is the case with the microdermal piercing, so that a layer of tissue between which a surfaced jewel was inserted could be separated between the cutouts by a special aid. Because the “vpich” was taken at almost the right angle and the tissue was not damaged by the needle, a number of well-healed surfaces rapidly increased.
Similarly, an important event for the development of the current form of microdermal is the discovery or invention of transdermal implants by Steve Haworth about 1995. The “trans” in the name of this modification means that the implant passes through the skin: on the surface of the skin we can sometimes see a relatively large steel, later titanium , a plug on which any end may be screwed. Beneath the skin, the implant is then embedded with a large steel base that is pierced so that the tissue grows through it and the implant holds in place. The similarity with microdermals as we know it today is obvious. However, not only that these implants are heavily healed but as one of the “heavy body modifications” are practically impossible for a classical piercer, they require equipment and knowledge not too distant to those of surgeons. Moreover, the risks associated with them are unbearable for the current customer.
The possibilities of using knowledge from transdermal application in less demanding procedures, namely the punch and taper method, opened the way to the question of whether it would be appropriate to inspire similarly in the design of jewelery. The authors of the microdermal, therefore, have left tears in the base of the jewelery, which not only fix the jewel in the hypodermis, but at the same time reduce the possibility of its exclusion, but they have shaped the base so that the jewelery can be inserted into the body without the need of “surgical” “Punch and taper” methods for applying surfaces. With some minor modifications recommended by piercing practice, the microdermals have been in the world.
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