New microdermal piercing technique facing scrutiny

Jun 17, 2011

Installing a piece of jewelry with microdermal anchors just under the skin involves some pain and a little blood and an increasing level of scrutiny from state officials.

Last year, Washington began to regulate piercers and tattoo artists and require that no piercer "implant or embed foreign objects into the human body,” reports the Everett Daily Herald.

"We are continually working with the industry on new practices that come along, especially in relation to public safety," said Christine Anthony, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Licensing. "As I understand it, the microdermal piercing is a relatively new practice and one we will be taking a look at."

Some states, including New Jersey, have banned the practice until further study can be completed.

"It only hurt bad for a couple of weeks," one aficionado told the Herald.

Practitioners claim the microdermal piercings are safer and pose less of a health risk than other kinds of piercings, which either puncture the skin twice, are threaded through the flesh or screwed in. The body often rejected these kinds of adornments, causing them to fail nearly half the time.