Knowing All About Transdermal Implants

It’s different from common body modifications, partly because they’re about straying away from it rather than moving in that direction. There is a possibility that they are associated with rituals. The Western world considers modifications such as transdermal implants, genital piercings, branding, and ear stretching to be extreme. There are very few of them, and they may provoke negative reactions among the general public.

Transdermal implants

The West is not alone in experimenting with extreme modifications, as several other countries have done so for centuries. Ancient Egypt, China, Mayan, and African cultures all practiced ear stretching, or gradual enlargement of ear-lobe piercings around progressively larger discs. Several tribal cultures have used branding techniques for thousands of years, including the Australian Aborigines and the Karos of Ethiopia. An ancient Hindu sensual guide describes the piercing of the penis in the Kama Sutra or Book of Sensuality 

Dermal piercings and transdermal implants are two types of body modification that can be used medically and aesthetically. Either way, the object is transdermal because it is positioned partially below and partially above the skin. Generally, the skin around the piercing heals as if it were pierced. As a result of the complexity of the procedure and its social implications, these types of modifications are often referred to as very “heavy” in the body piercing community. Implants are available in two different types.

The concern of this article is to give out maximum information that can be collected about the transdermal implants that are there. We have given out the whole procedure and what you can expect while going through the surgery along with possible health complications. We would suggest you get professional advice before going under the needle.

The Procedure of Transdermal Implants

Transdermal implants

During the procedure, an incision is made a few centimeters from the implant site when using a post-like implant. The skin is then lifted and the implant is inserted. To carry the wheel through the site, a hole is opened and the wheel is moved to fill the hole with its top part. For this purpose, implants are generally small and are not rounded in any way except by the rounding of the surface.

It is more common to do a graphic implant in two parts if that is what you desire. In the first step, the base is inserted like a single-part implant, except the base implant is threaded. Bolts like this protrude from the surface, while nuts are recessed into the surface. Once this is done, the top half of the cabinet is screwed onto the lower half. A spike or horn with this type of carving is usually done for decorative purposes.

In any case, the portion of the implant that passes through the skin tends to be large and has holes. A permanent bond will be formed between the skin and the nail.

The process of transdermal implant placement is invasive. During this procedure, incisions are made, tissue separations are made, and sutures are used. The doctors who are performing the treatments are not advertising. In some cases, the artists are highly qualified, but in others, they wing it.

Transdermal implants

The process of implanting a transdermal anchor is described in blogs and wikis reporting on the body modification community (along with some photos that should not be viewed by queasy readers) as follows:

  • In the case that local anesthesia is being (illegally) used, it will be administered.
  • During the implant procedure, the artist marks the intended implant location on the skin as well as a site for the incision about an inch (3 centimeters) away.
  • Using a scalpel, she cuts a 1-2 inch (2.5-5 centimeter) incision, inserting a dermal elevator* either among or beneath the layers of skin (the correct placement is debatable). After guiding the dermal elevator through, she places it beneath the implanted point. In the process, a “pocket” is formed from the incision up to the marker for the implant.
  • To obtain a proper and accurate diagnosis, she cuts the skin into a circle with either a scalpel or a dermal punch (which includes a hollow circular tip), which remains in place while the hole is being made.
  • To reach the hole, the transdermal anchor is inserted into the incision, then moved through the pocket. After the post has been inserted into the hole, it emerges outside the skin.
  • Afterward, she sutures the incision.

Skin elevators are common plastic surgery instruments used for lifting and separating the skin from the underlying tissue. Their design reminds me of a metal spatula. Some cutters don’t use a dermal elevator, but many consider it to be the most suitable tool for the job — unlike a butter knife that some use instead.

There are many differences between cutting and surgery, and each of them is performed by someone with no medical training and with equipment that may or may not be properly sterilized, usually in a room in someone’s house

Risks of Transdermal Implants

Transdermal implants

The user of the body-mod wiki describes a man who developed an infection at the site of an implant after he had a transdermal mohawk. The pain suddenly disappeared, and he went about his life while the infection spread from the surface and ate away at his skull, leaving him in so much pain that he sought medical attention, exchanging the implants for a metal plate.

Would you agree? It’s impossible to say. It’s entirely possible, and that’s what matters.

Approximately 20 percent of transdermal implants are successful, which is satisfactory. EVEN within the extreme-mod community, they’re considered high-risk – much more so than subdermal implants, which usually heal well. Transdermals are problematic because the site of the implants is open to the environment. Almost certainly, you will get infected.

As a result of transdermal, there is a high risk of infection, especially with those that move inwards and can cause a hole in the skull. A deeper placement risks damaging muscle and bone, and leaving the area prone to infection from within; rejection occurs when the body pushes the implant out; migration happens when the implant moves; and scarring, bubbling, oozing, and bruising appear.

Transdermal implants eventually have to be removed (typically due to complications, but MRIs would also require removal), and it is much harder to remove them than it is to erect them. There is scar tissue growing through the anchor base. In more severe cases, removal may require major surgery due to huge incisions and prominent scars, and in cases where the infection travels inward or deep into the skin, removal can also require deep transdermal placement. 

Due to the risks and poor track record of transdermals, the extreme-mod community views them with a general sense of ill-advisedness, particularly concerning their development as micro dermals. A micro dermal implant protrudes through the skin but is supported by small anchors that can be inserted with piercing techniques rather than in surgery. There is no support for the jewelry sizes that are seen in some transdermals, such as the spikes that were part of Joe Aylward’s metal mohawk.

Aylward had the groundbreaking implant removed for “personal reasons” after it lasted for a full decade. It wasn’t a bad run, all in all.

Micro Dermal Implants

Transdermal implants look like micro dermal implants, but without all the complications they have. The procedure is much more complicated than when transdermal implants are used. There are many types of surface piercing except micro dermal piercing, which is a form of single-point piercing.

Transdermal implants

They differ from conventional piercings in that they are made up of two components rather than just one. The micro dermal implants can be placed nearly anywhere on the body, though they are not as immediate as traditional piercings, as they are composed of two parts. It includes an anchor that is implanted beneath the skin, with a step protruding from (or flush with) the surface of the surrounding skin, and changeable jewelry that is screwed into the threaded hole in the anchor step.

Any area that isn’t flat or near a joint, such as the hands, feet, wrists, collarbones, or an area without perpendicularity, should not be implanted with them.


Most dermal punches and needles are used for this procedure. Dermal piercings performed with a punch are different in that their pouches are created differently. To make the pouch with a needle, the skin must be separated. To make a pouch with a dermal punch, a piece of tissue must be removed. Microdermal punches are usually used since they are less painful. The first step in the procedure is to mark the place where the piercing will occur with a surgical marker. Skin tissues are then removed using a micro dermal punch. Under the skin, the anchor is placed. A piece of jewelry is then attached with surgical forceps.


Transdermal implants

Implants with micro dermal tissue cause less scarring when removed compared to surface piercings. Professional assistance is needed for the removal of semi-permanent adhesives. The first 3 to 6 months after implant placement, implants should be left alone and covered since they are vulnerable to outside damage (tugging, pulling, and catching, which bring the implant closer to the surface of the skin). Furthermore, the body naturally rejects foreign objects, so it is important that the piercing goes as deep as possible. It is to combat these effects that constant modifications are being made to the jewelry; the latest is to use an anchor that has large holes where tissue can grow through to hold the jewelry in place.

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