Subdermal Implant

A subdermal implant is one underneath the skin. Generally, Teflon (PTFE) or silicone is used for these implants, but other biocompatible materials, such as steel, titanium, and alloys, may be used.

Since the implant is placed underneath the skin, it can be considered a pseudo-surgical procedure. Some practitioners may use an indictable anesthetic, but this can increase the risks, especially if you have an allergy to anesthetics, have adrenaline excitement, or another similar problem. Keep in mind that it is illegal for the practitioner to use an anesthetic in a non-medical environment, because reactions can become fatal, although rare.

During the procedure, a scalpel is used to make one incision, and then a dermal separator is used to create a pocket where the implant can be inserted. Sutures or tape are used to close the incision.

Healing Subdermal Implants

The aftercare for a subdermal implant is pretty simple. As long as you don’t have a reaction to the implant material, you’ll want to reduce pressure on the implant, get good rest, eliminate smoking, and eat a healthy diet.

Use a pressure bandage for the first several days to help keep the implant in place, and make sure that you don’t sleep in the implant.


The risks can vary from mild to severe. If you decide to stretch a subdermal implant, you can run into more potential complications, even as mild as just skin irritation.

  • Infection
  • Tissue resorption
  • Implant surface contamination
  • Implant biocompatibility
  • Nerve and muscle pressure
  • Allergies
  • Migration (Can be minimized with careful placement and reducing excess pressure on the implant while healing.)
  • Implant rejection (Rare but more likely with larger implants and implants with vertical points. If you suffer rejection, you will more than likely lose the implant and suffer severe scarring, both internally and externally.)