Being a unique individual is something that almost everyone wants to show off. Years ago it was taboo to walk around with a body piercing or a tattoo, but people still did it to show how unique they truly are and push the envelope. In today’s society it is very rare that you see an individual without a tattoo or piercing. People are still trying to show their individualism in other ways in the body modification world. The new fad trending in the art of body modifications are implants. Some types of implants are not like the traditional cosmetic surgery, such as breast implants which are far more extreme.
These types of implants take an object and insert it into the sub-dermal or trans-dermal layer of skin for decoration. There are many different places these implants can be put including the arms, hands, chest, and head. These implants are put in keeping in mind the many different nerve endings we have in our bodies. Steve Haworth is the man to be credited with such advancements in body modifications. He has definitely opened a whole new side of body art modifications. He is constantly fine tuning old techniques, creating new techniques, and inventing new tools for other body modification artists to use in the body modification field. Steve Haworth invented 3-D art implants.
The process in getting a 3-D art implant can take anywhere from ten minutes to about a half an hour, depending on the size and placement of the implant and the individual person. A scalpel is used to make one single incision; pseudo-surgical method. Then the layers of skin within this incision are separated, making space where the implant can put into place. The main types of materials that are used in making 3-D art implants are titanium, silicone, and Teflon. Other materials can be used, such as stainless steel, 14 k gold, or any other bio-compatible components. But because an allergic reaction can happen, these are not recommended. Organic based materials should not be used because they cannot withstand the body’s natural course and will break down over time. After the desired material and design is inserted into the space under the skin, the incision is then stitched up.
Only experienced body modification artists should do 3-D art implants. With this type of body modification, as long as it is done correctly, with the correct material, and the area and tools are sterilized properly, rejection is rare because it is completely encased under the skin. While healing, some movement is expected because the implant is settling into the skin. The fewer traumas to the area, the less likely the implants are to move extremely or reject.
As with any other body modification, the healing time can vary from person to person and the implant done. Human skin can be stretched over time, for example, gradually gauging ears to a larger size. Implants under the skin have the same principles. For instant, getting horns done under the skin with implants on the forehead can be made larger over time. Starting the implants out small, stretching the skin and then replacing them with slightly larger implants to get larger horns can be done. Even though 3-D art implants are meant to be permanent, they can be removed. Body modification artists find removing the implants to be easier than putting them in overall. Like with anything else in this world, there are some risks that come along with this body modification, make sure you find out all of the risks that could happen if you are interested in getting a 3-D art implant.
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