How to Remove a Dermal Anchor

Updated November 21, 2016

Dermal anchors are attractive to many people because they can go anywhere on the body. The single point piercing may need to be removed if you get hired for a job that doesn't allow body modification or if your body starts rejecting it. Removal of the dermal before your body rejects it can prevent any scarring. There are a few things to keep in mind if you need to remove this semi-permanent piercing from your body.

Determine if you can remove the dermal anchor on your own. Examine the dermal site. Check if the metal below your skin can be seen. If so, you will be able to remove it yourself.

Separate the skin around the anchor portion of the dermal. Skin grows through the holes in the anchor, attaching it to your body. Twist the dermal by the stud to break the skin.

Schedule an appointment with a body modifications specialist or piercer to remove the dermal anchor if you can't see metal through your skin. You may also want to contact your piercer if you failed at removing the dermal anchor by yourself. At the appointment, the piercer will remove the dermal anchor using a scalpel or piercing needle.

Wash the site of the dermal anchor removal with antibacterial soap and water. This should be repeated daily until the site is healed.


The dermal site should be free of any bandages or ointment during the healing process.

Things You'll Need

  • Antibacterial soap
  • Water
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