Dermal Implants are one of the funnest new body modifications, and now that the practice is firmly established, there are lots of trends emerging in all three major types of implant.
1. Subdermal Implants
A subdermal implant is an object that is surgically implanted beneath the layers of the skin (or dermis), with no holes or exit points left behind. Essentially, the shape remains beneath the skin so that it’s design can be seen, but no part protrudes from the skin. Because they are meant to remain underneath, these types of implants have no removable parts and must be surgically removed.
One of the fresh trends in subdermals is the hand implant. Usually in simple shapes like hearts and horseshoes, dermals on the back of the hand are becoming increasingly common among both women and men.
Amongst the most popular subdermal shapes: stars.
And the newest additions to the subdermal family: intraocular implants (shapes implanted in the cornea and visible inside the eye) and the amazing subdermal magnet. That’s right, they actually implant magnets like this one in the fingertip. Amazing, yes?
2. Transdermal Implants
Transdermals have a portion which lays underneath the skin, and also a part that exits the skin through a piercing. The anchor (the part inside the skin) is implanted through a small surgical slit made close to the place on the body where you want the jewelry to be, and then a hole is punched through the skin so that the piece that will be seen can easily protrude. Then a decorative topper is screwed onto the part of the anchor that comes through the pierced hole. Decorations can be changed for these implants, but the anchor that remains under the dermis can’t.
3. Microdermal Implants
Microdermals are the most common of the dermal implants, and involve a less invasive procedure and fewer risks. When completed, this type of implant gives a similar look to a transdermal, with small gems or decorations that are interchangeable resting above the skin’s surface and a small anchor embedded below. These commonly heal much like a standard piercing and can be placed at almost any location.
Some of the most on-trend places for microdermal implantations right now are the nape of the neck, the knuckles (or on a single finger, which is meant to represent a ring), the back, the cheeks, and around the hips or abdomen (usually as accompaniment to belly piercings).