In keeping with the “bad ideas” theme, it amazes me the crap people put into their bodies in the name of body art.
The old school implants that were made to resemble body jewelry started their life’s as regular titanium body jewelry, but then several steps went into making them suitable for long term implantation. First off the seam from where the ball threads in was plasma welded shut. Then the bottom side was made into a smooth, but flat surface so it wouldn’t create as much downwards pressure. I have a circular barbell implant of this style in my right hand, and nearly ten years later it is still happy and has caused me no (known) issues.
Nowadays, those type of implants have been made obsolete by the molded or carved silicone implants. Yet for some reason, people still think it’s ok to put standard body jewelry (with no attempts at making it suitable from implantation) under the skin and call it an implant?
This submission to BME came with no story, only artist credits. I am intentionally leaving off the artist credit, because I don’t know if the artist was the photographer, the implanter, the implant remover or what and I don’t want anyone jumping to conclusions without more information.
Without any explanation, I do think the pictures here do a fine job of telling the horror story of poorly planned implants.