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Implants are objects, usually Teflon, a polytetrafluoroethylene, or stainless steel, that are surgically inserted under a person’s skin. The implant can be completely covered by skin and healed over, or also can allow a part of the implant to remain outside of the skin. This may be done for a few reasons, many of which are purely aesthetical. Some people have just small spheres that they put under the skin, either by themselves or with other spheres in a row or design. Other implants remain partially topical, and take the form of “horns” or spikes.
The fully submerged implant is a sterile piece of Teflon or metal that will stay under the skin until it is surgically removed, or perhaps ripped out in an accident. Implants have been known to “migrate” or change their position underneath the skin, as there’s nothing holding them in place. To insert the implant, the professional makes a small cut in the person’s skin, and then uses another medical tool to separate the skin from the muscle underneath. This sometime bleeds a lot, but not always. The implant is inserted into this hole between the skin and muscle and the opening is stitched back up. As long as the procedure was done in a sterile manner, the wound heals quickly and there is usually not much trouble with it. The body usually doesn’t reject these foreign objects, although they can move, as previously stated.
These implants can be put into any body part, though most common is the head, face, arms, and genitals. The genitals are the only area of the body that full implants are said to be functional, as many modified people do this for sexual reasons.
The implants that stay partially above the surface are a bit more difficult to heal, and infection is more of a risk. These are mostly done on the forehead, where they have less of a chance to get caught on anything than on other body parts. The procedure is similar, but it is more involved, and takes longer to heal. There are a few functional purposes for these implants, such as medical devices, and snaps that wigs can attach to.
As with any medical procedure, make sure the person performing this is clean, safe, and certified. You may want to check with your doctor or state laws before getting implants or any other extreme body modification.