Eventually they come out.

Implants are not forever much of the time. I’ve taken out almost a dozen myself, and you can see here Raposa at Tattoo Land in Sao Paulo, Brasil is doing the same. I’m not saying “don’t do them”, and I don’t think Raposa would say that either, but if you’re going to get implants, be aware there is a very, very good chance you’ll have to remove them at some point in the future.

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Shannon Larratt is the founder of BME (1994) and its former editor and publisher. After a four year hiatus between 2008 and 2012, Shannon is back adding his commentary to ModBlog. It should be noted that any comments in these entries are the opinion of Shannon Larratt and may or may not be shared by BMEzine.com LLC or the other staff or members of BME. Entry text Copyright © Shannon Larratt. Reproduced under license by BMEzine.com LLC. Pictures may be copyright to their respective owners. You can also find Shannon at Zentastic or on Facebook.

21 thoughts on “Eventually they come out.

  1. it’s a shame there’s not a good source of truly medical grade implants (Goretex or somesuch) that could go in for the long term. When the right materials are used, cosmetic implants (lips/chins/boobs/etc.) are permanent. These could be too.

  2. It annoys me that surgeons will perform cosmetic surgery but wont do subdermals (i presume they wont). I amnt giving out about people who do these procedures but a qulified surgeon would lessen the chances of rejection.

  3. it would be great if qualified surgeons would do them. I’m not currently doing this stuff in my practice because I lack a source of truly medical grade implants. All this stuff happens beyond the view of the FDA here in the states so getting FDA approved materials for implantation is tougher than you’d think it should be.

  4. Even implants performed by doctors, like breast implants, usually need to be replaced every 10-15 years.

  5. well, i’ve had my right arm for 15 months and my left for 14 now. they’re both doing awesome, no problems with either one of them at all.

    at all. after the first 2 months there was no more discomfort, and by half a year they had completely settled down.

  6. I have “stuff” in my body since 1989, implanted by a team of surgeons. These are designed to stay in there as long as I live.
    Thankfully, no problems as removal would mean another risky operation.

    Just look at dental implants: these are designed to stay in there “forever”, too. And usually do.
    Dental implants are usually made from titanium with a special surface treatment called SLA (‘Sand-blasting with Large grit followed by Acid etching’) so they will bond better with bone and tissue. Now, just look at technology and cost of these and compare that with the teflon implants common in body modification. There you go – that`s why “real” surgeons refuse to “do” the body modification kind of implants – the materials are not certified (read: approved by sanctioning bodies like the FDA) and the whole thing is is a huge liability issue.

  7. Bastian, it’s more than that. Soft tissue implantation is very different from bone bonding. The titanium with rough surface you talk about is all about bone bonding, the bone actually grows into it and/or adhesive holds the implant to bone. For soft tissue implantation just teflon isn’t fully biocompatible. Properly treated Goretex can be. Some silicones can be used. The problem boils down to the lack of a source for the biocompatible forms. Believe me, there are a few of us out there who would be willing to work with people regarding implants if there were a source of real materials to work with.

  8. Its an untapped vein for the medical folk, the amount of people on this site and others with subdermals and transdermals is quite plentiful. Once again im not bitching about people who do the procedures but it is still in its early stages.
    The video Shannon posted about the forehead implants, as i said looked very rough on the client especially when seperating the soft tissue. I am sure piercers and surgeons alike would learn alot from each other.

  9. I will take your word for it. Actually yeah surgeons are rough bastards, one guy messed my toe up big time!! Thats another story though.
    Yeah id say bashing the subdermals of things in everyday life causes the problems, along with other factors im sure.

  10. they do really good stitching though. i would never ever trust, or want, a ‘body modifier’ to repair the damage left by rejected/removed implants..

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