Microdermal Implants (referred to as ‘Dermals’) provide the appearance of transdermal implants but do not require the same surgical procedure associated with a transdermal. This form of body modification is performed optimally with the use a dermal punch and other specialized tools available from sellers of body piercing supplies.
The procedure consists of creating a small hole in the skin and then inserting a dermal anchor (shown in photo). The foot of the anchor is embedded under the skin so that when healed, it will be immovable and permanent, allowing for assorted jewelry to be threaded into the post. Dermal implants should be placed carefully and in areas of the body that experience minimal movement.
Unlike standard body piercings, dermal implants are usually irreversible without surgery (by a doctor only), and are considered illegal in many states that classify implantation as a surgical procedure. This is due to the many cases of rejection and where the implants are ripped out due to improper location on the body. Because of the increasing number of problems with dermals, many states have banned dermal implantation altogether, with more to follow. Another of the many drawbacks to dermals is the fact that if medical diagnostic testing is required (such as a MRI or CAT scan) these implants must be removed, as they interfere with medical equipment.
Even in the areas of the United States where it is still legal to perform dermal implants, a growing number of body piercers are choosing not to. The truth is, much the same effect offered by dermal implants can be achieved through the use of surface piercings, which can be removed easily and are reversible without surgery.