Microdermals and surface piercings are often muddled up with each other due to sharing many similarities. The names of these piercings are frequently and wrongly used interchangeably.
Many people are confused about which is which. Both piercings can be placed any where on the body with the piercing directly underneath the skin rather than through it.
I would like to help clear up any misunderstandings on the topic of the microdermal VS surface piercing.
So what are the main differences between these two types of piercings?
The Differences Between Microdermal and Surface Piercings
Surface piercing is the term used to describe a piercing where the jewelry passes underneath the skin, rather than through it.
Surface piercings have two points of entry and can be placed nearly anywhere on the body which has skin thick enough to pinch and pierce. Some common forms of surface piercing are the eyebrow piercing, belly button piercing and the anti-eyebrow piercing (underneath the eye).
A microdermal piercing, also known as a dermal piercing only has one point of entry into the skin. In other words the piercing is ‘punched’ into the skin through one point only and anchored underneath the skin. This piercing can also be placed on nearly any part of the body.
Here is a simple diagram to show you how the jewelry sits under the skin with both the microdermal and surface piercing:
Surface Piercing Jewelry
There are actually many different types of jewelry which are commonly worn in surface piercings. Unfortunately most of them will increase the risk of your body rejecting your piercing.
The best type of jewelry for most surface piercings is the 90° surface barbell. This type of barbell is straight and turns up at a right angle (90°) at each end with a ball, cone or gem on each end. The only part of this jewelry which can be seen above the skin is the ball/cone/gem. The 90° barbell is usually internally threaded.
Once the jewelry is inserted by the piercer, it cannot be removed or changed without the help of a professional piercer. Although the balls can be unscrewed and replaced if you fancy changing your look.
Certain types of surface piercings require different types of jewelry. For example, in the eyebrow, a curved barbell would be the best choice. In a belly button piercing a banana barbell (also curved) works well.
Microdermal Piercing Jewelry
Microdermal piercings are truly unique. They are the only single point piercing in existence!
People will often find themselves baffled as to how this type of piercing can actually stay put. What exactly is it that keeps it from falling out or moving?
Well, the jewelry used in dermal piercings is called a “dermal anchor“. As the name suggests, the jewelry is “anchored” underneath the skin.
The anchor is the part of the jewelry which resides below the skin. This part of the jewelry can only be removed by a professional piercer or surgeon. A ball or gem is screwed into the anchor and this is the decorative part of the jewelry which you can see on the outside – the top. The ball can be changed by simply unscrewing the old top and replacing it with a new one – like a light-bulb (excuse my terrible analogy!).
How a Microdermal Piercing is Done
For those of you who are still having trouble understanding the microdermal piercing fully. Here is a video demonstration on how this piercing is actually done:
So there you have it! You should now understand how different the surface piercing and dermal piercing are and what makes them unique.
Let’s recap and go over what we’ve learnt here today:
The main difference between the surface piercing and the dermal piercing is as follows:
The dermal piercing is a single point piercing, which is simply anchored under the skin through one whole only. On the other hand, the surface piercing’s jewelry has two points of entry.
So from now on you never need to get these two piercing muddled up with each other again!
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