Implants

Implants

At Holier Than Thou, we offer several types of implants:

Large silicon shaped implants

These are suitable for hands, chests, foreheads, forearms etc. The process of inserting the implant is fairly straightforward, involving making a small incision, opening up the required ‘pocket’, popping the implant into position, squeezing out any air, then stitching the incision closed. The whole process takes only around 20 minutes from start to finish. After the implant is inserted, the area will be cleaned up and the skin around the implant will be gently packed with gauze, steri-strips and medical tape to encourage the skin to bond around the implant to best show off its shape. This must be re-done at home twice daily to ensure the area is packed gently during the first stage of the healing process (4-6 weeks). The area must also be immobilized as much as possible throughout the healing process. DO NOT knock or bang the implant, or subject it to any stress or strain. It is very important not to undertake any strenuous activity whilst the implant is healing, as a significant increase in heartrate will put pressure on the packed implant and could reduce bloodflow. It is very important you do not pack the implant too tightly as this could reduce bloodflow. Clean the area twice daily with an antibacterial handwash such as simple or carex, then pat dry with a clean lint-free cloth or gauze, then re-pack the implant as per the above instruction (and as shown to you on the day your implant was inserted). The worst of the swelling will pass after 24 hours and after 7 days we will need to see you for a check up – this is really important! After 9-14 days, the stitches should be ready for removal – please return to the studio on the date given to you by your HTT practitioner to have your stitches out and for another free check-up.

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3 x fully healed sub-dermal implants

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Fresh pentagram sub-dermal hand implant

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Fresh skull sub-dermal hand implant

Small silicon shaped implants

These are suitable for fingers, hands, ears, behind ears etc. Please note that upper conch implants (in particular) are extraordinarily anatomy-specific, please arrange a free consultation with our artists to see if your anatomy is suited for this. As with the larger silicon shapes, the process of inserting the implants is very similar indeed. See ‘Large silicon shaped implants’ for aftercare advice.

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Healed heart finger sub dermal implant

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Fresh (bruised and swollen) cog implant behind the ear

Magnetic implants – fingers

We have two types of small finger magnets. The first generation magnets are strong enough to lift paperclips and bottle caps etc, and the new style are 20% stronger. These neodymium magnets are encased in medical-grade silicone. The process of inserting a magnetic implant is very quick and similar to a normal piercing. We quickly make a tiny incision, an elevator makes sure there’s enough room for the magnet, then it is popped into place and the incision is then steri-stripped closed. The whole process takes no more than 5 minutes. After the implant is inserted, the area will be cleaned and a dressing applied. There is no need to ‘pack’ a magnetic implant as you would for a shaped implant, but it is still important to avoid strenuous activity and keep the area immobilized throughout the healing process so the magnet doesn’t move and your body can bond around it. Clean the area twice daily with an antibacterial handwash such as simple or carex, then pat dry with a clean lint-free cloth or gauze, then re-dress the area to keep it clean until healed. After 7 days, please return to the studio for a free checkup.

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Healed first generation magnet

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Healed 20% stronger finger magnet

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Strength comparison: first generation (left hand image) vs 20% stronger implant (right hand image)

Magnetic implants – Magicians Magnets

Magicians magnets are MUCH larger and stronger than finger magnets, they are suitable for wrists and larger, flatter parts of the body. The process of insertion is similar to that of a small shaped silicon implant, we make a small incision, open up a pocket under the skin, pop the magnet into place and stitch it shut. There is no need to ‘pack’ the magicians magnet as you would for a shaped implant, but it is still important to avoid strenuous activity and keep the area immobilized throughout the healing process so the magnet doesn’t move and your body can bond around it. Clean the area twice daily with an antibacterial handwash such as simple or carex, then pat dry with a clean lint-free cloth or gauze, then re-dress the area to keep it clean until healed. After 7 days, please return to the studio for a checkup. After 9-14 days, the stitches should be ready for removal – please return to the studio on the date given to you by your HTT practitioner to have your stitches out and for another free check-up.

Genital beading

We can offer a selection of different sizes and styles of beads, domes, rods or connected beads. A small incision is made, a taper or elevator ensures there’s enough space for the implant, then they are inserted and the area is either steri-stripped or stitched closed (depending on your choice of implant). Due to the nature of the area, the beads may not settle in a permanent position and may move around. This can be reduced by, during the healing process, using surgical tape to gently strap down the beads into a specific position. The tape should be changed twice daily and after a fortnight, the skin tissue between the beads should have had the opportunity to bond and limit the movement of the beads. The procedure is very quick – there is very little blood loss, although bruising and swelling in the immediate area is common. Clean the immediate area twice daily with an antibacterial handwash such as simple or carex, then pat dry with a clean lint-free cloth or gauze, then gently re-pack the implant(s) as per the above instruction. Refrain from sexual relations for 4-6 weeks – the initial incision will heal within a week but pressure on the open pocket inside may keep the pocket open and encourage the beads to move and not settle in one place. After one week, if you had sutures, the stitches should be ready for removal – please return to the studio to have your stitches out and for a free check-up.

Trans-dermal Implants

These are implant grade titanium or surgical steel implants that partially sit underneath the skin like a sub-dermal implant, but a section also passes through the skin to allow attachments to be screwed onto. These are most commonly used across the scalp or forehead but can also be used in arms,chest etc. We also have ‘skin tunnel’ trans-dermal implants available. Trans-dermal implants are essentially a giant microdermal but are inserted in a similar way to sub-dermal implants. These are long slow healers and it is very important that you DO NOT knock or bang the implant, or subject it to any stress or strain especially whilst its healing to avoid complications. It is very important not to undertake any strenuous activity whilst the implant is healing. Clean the area twice daily with an antibacterial handwash such as simple or carex, then pat dry with a clean lint-free cloth or gauze, then re-dress the implant as shown to you on the day your implant was inserted. The worst of the swelling will pass after 24 hours and after 7 days we will need to see you for a check up – this is really important! After 9-14 days, the stitches should be ready for removal – please return to the studio on the date given to you by your HTT practitioner to have your stitches out and for another free check-up.

We recommend you speak with your doctor before undergoing an implant procedure, and if he suggests a prophylactic course of antibiotics may be beneficial, we suggest you take these.

Aftercare

Things to expect:

Soon after the procedure, it may bleed if knocked. This is common and perfectly normal! You may want to change your dressing more often (2-4 times daily) for the first day or two. If you see a small bleed when removing your dressing, just apply some sterile gauze and pressure for a couple of minutes until the blood clots.

For the first week, expect the area to be red, swollen, tender, puffy, and sometimes bruised.

Expect the stitches to secrete a little clear/white/pale yellow fluid for the first week of the healing process. Many people mistake this fluid as a sign of infection – please don’t worry. A green smelly fluid indicates infection.

Please note that ANYTHING inserted into the body carries a risk of allergic reaction and rejection. If you are concerned about either of these happening to your implant, please return to the studio immediately for a free check up and advice.

Things to avoid:

Shampoo, and chemical residues from showering/bathing. Be sure to rinse the area with clean water following a shower or a bath!

Antiseptic preparations such as Savlon cream or spray, TCP, Hydrogen Peroxide, Dettol, Surgical Spirit etc –DO NOT USE THESE to clean your implant area! These are very harsh and will cause irritation and delay healing.

Playing or fiddling with the area using dirty fingers. This will likely increase healing time, cause it to swell, and/or cause an infection.

Knocking the implant or causing any trauma.

Strenuous activity of any kind.

Swimming pools for the first three weeks.

Do your best to avoid sleeping on your implant.

In the case of genital beading, refrain from sexual relations for 4-6 week.

How to care for your implant:

Prior to cleaning, hands should be washed!

Clean your implant area twice daily using a very gentle antibacterial handwash such as Carex or Simple. Please follow the manufacturers instructions. If irritation occurs, discontinue use and use sterile saline or H2Ocean piercing aftercare spray or the saltwater solution described below to wash the area instead.

Expect some swelling or soreness from your implant. Skin is subjected to temperature changes and environmental stress – A knock may cause swelling or soreness to flare up again throughout the healing phase, so do not worry if this happens. If you break a stitch, apply a steri-strip and return to the studio so we can repair it properly for you.

After around 9-14 days (7 days for genital beading/domes) pop back to the studio to have the stitches removed. It is important to stay in touch with us beforehand just incase you heal faster than expected as you may need your stitches out earlier (though this is uncommon).

A week after the stitches have been removed, you can start gently massaging the scar with Jojoba Oil or Bio Oil or a Vitamin E oil. This increases bloodflow and reduces scarring – the results will be surprisingly fast.

How to mix salt water correctly:

Pour approximately HALF A PINT of boiling water into a large mug/cup, then add a QUARTER OF A TEASPOON of rock or sea salt to the water.

Wait until this has cooled just enough to use whilst it’s still hot, but not hot enough to burn you or cause discomfort, then use a clean cotton bud to clean around the implant site.

The solution should taste about as salty as tears – too much salt will irritate the area, doing more harm than good.

Pat dry with clean lint-free kitchen roll or gauze following cleaning. If you are very sensitive to salt, you may wish to flush the area with clean water after cleaning with salt water.

If you have ANY concerns, questions or queries PLEASE get in touch.

If you are ever in any doubt in regards to your scalpelling (regardless of where it was done or what advice you have been given) please pop in and see us! We will always help as much as we can.