Implantation is the art of inserting a device or foreign object under the skin layer, for the purpose of creating a specific visual result.
There are 2 types: Subdermal Implants and Transdermal Implants.
Subdermal Implants –
This is where a Three Dimensional, Biocompatible material object is implanted completely below the skin layer. This is done by making a small incision with a scalpel near to, but not at the site of the final resting place of then implant. Then an instrument, most commonly a dental spatula is used to then elevate the skin layer as well as separate it from the connective tissue below. The implant is the carefully placed inside this pocket under the skin and the incision is sutured closed. These implants are rarely troublesome and with the right aftercare procedure, will usually heal without any complications.
This is an implantation technique that is described best as a combination between a Subdermal Implant and Pocketing. The jewellery used can vary and is often custom made to accommodate the surface function or load of what is being anchored below the skin. Most Transdermal Jewellery pieces consist of some kind of footplate, usually with holes in it to allow the tissue to grow through and anchor the plate. It also has a shaft which travels upward at a 90 degree angle through the skin layer to the surface of the skin.
The procedure is almost exactly as is with the Subdermal Implant, however with the exception that before the jewellery is introduced to the pocket, a hole is made at the precise location of where the exit of the shaft is to be. This is done with a dermal punch and by using the spatula in the pocket as a backing, It protects the underlying tissues from being damaged by the dermal punch. Once the hole is made the, the jewellery is then inserted into the pocket with the shaft exiting the freshly punched hole. The incision often a few inches away from the site is then sutured up.
Transdermal Implants have a lot more risks associated with them, unlike with the Subdermal Implants, namely because in the Transdermal Implant there is an entrance from the surface of the skin to below the skin and so presents the possibility of infection if aftercare procedure is not adhered to. Some Transdermal Implants choose never to heal completely. This is unfortunately down to the individual’s body.
It is up to the individual to decide if the risk is acceptable or not.
Microdermal Anchors were invented as a quicker alternative to Transdermal Implants and uses smaller but similar jewellery, and can be inserted without an incision or creation of a pocket. All that is required is a dermal punched hole and careful insertion of the anchor foot. There is less risk associated with this method… however with all Body Art most risks can be avoided with careful adherence to aftercare procedure.