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Skin Anchors

If you\'re interested in getting a dermal piercing but worried about losing your dermal tops or having to change them, opt for a skin diver instead.


Skin Diver Piercing Jewelry

From the surface, there’s little to no visible difference between skin divers and other microdermal piercings. For some piercing enthusiasts, the hassle of changing dermal tops can prevent them from enjoying their dermal piercings or changing their jewelry as often as they’d like. Skin divers offer a no-fuss alternative to other dermal jewelry while still letting you easily achieve the look you want.


What Is a Skin Diver Piercing?

A skin diver piercing is a type of dermal piercing, meaning the piercing can be placed nearly anywhere on the body, and it has a single entry and exit point. Skin anchors (a.k.a. skin divers) are all-in-one dermal piercing jewelry, so each base and decorative top are permanently connected to each other. You can get a skin diver with a beautiful jeweled dermal top or one in a cool shape, like a star or cone, connected to it.


How Do Skin Diver Piercings Work?

When you get a skin diver piercing, your piercer will use a dermal punch or biopsy tool to create space beneath the skin for the base piece. While they can be placed nearly anywhere, some of the most common piercing sites are the collarbones, lower back, cheekbones, back of the neck, hips, and chest. Most skin diver piercings completely heal in 1-3 months.



Unlike dermal piercings with a separate base and screw-on top, skin diver jewelry cannot be changed. This might not make it the best option for those who like to change their jewelry frequently. However, skin divers do offer some advantages over other dermal piercings. For one thing, once the piercing is healed, it’s almost completely maintenance-free, and you never need to worry about changing it out. If you ever decide you don’t want the piercing anymore, skin divers are easier to remove than microdermal piercings since the base is smaller. (You’ll still need a professional piercer to remove it for you though.)


What Are Dermal Skin Anchors Made Of?

Our skin diver options are all made of top-quality, implant-grade titanium or surgical stainless steel – the two best materials for body jewelry that are inserted under the surface of the skin the way that a skin diver is. These metals are among the most biocompatible available, meaning they won’t cause allergic reactions or rejection.


Skin Diver vs. Dermal Anchor

The main difference between skins divers and dermal anchors is that the latter comes with a separate dermal anchor and an interchangeable top that can be screwed on and off. Skin divers, on the other hand, are an all-in-one piece of jewelry, and the top is permanently attached to the base.


How to Remove Skin Diver Piercings

You should never attempt to remove a skin diver piercing by yourself. Instead, visit your professional piercer – this type of jewelry removal is usually inexpensive and quick. While it’s not a DIY job, removing a skin diver is still significantly easier than removing a traditional dermal piercing thanks to the shape of the base. The small base of skin divers can be removed more easily than the wide, T-shaped base of microdermal piercings.



In short, skin anchors are no muss, no fuss body jewelry at its finest! Whether you’re shopping for the perfect skin diver jewelry for yourself or looking to stock your piercing shop for your clients, Painful Pleasures’ selection of skin anchors and divers features high-quality jewelry made from implant-grade titanium.