Transdermal Implant

A transdermal implant is similar to a microdermal implant, but bigger and requires more advanced tools and techniques. You want to make sure that you go to a professional who has experience with implants. Before you decide to get a transdermal implant, you should also check the legality of the procedure within your state, as some court systems will classify “transdermals” as more than a plain piercing, which in reality, it is. Plus, some practitioners will use anesthetics, which is illegal unless in a medical environment.

Generally, the procedure involves an incision about one inch from the implant site. A pocket is created under the skin with a scalpel and a dermal elevator; then using a dermal punch or scalpel, the hole for the jewelry is created. The jewelry is passed through the first incision, with the base sliding in until it passes through the hole. The initial incision is closed with sutures or suture tape.

Healing a Transdermal Implant

There is only a 20% success rate for healing rate, any many who have transdermal implants say that the implant never fully healed and ended up scarring and irritating the skin.

If you decide to get a transdermal implant, the best way to ensure healing is to make sure that proper jewelry is used during the initial implant. Use only transdermal jewelry, which will either resemble a flattened pretzel, a figure-8, a clover, or a strip. There will be holes in the jewelry to help anchor the jewelry to the tissues that will grow through the holes of the base.


The risks of transdermal implants are fairly high, and because of these risks, more people tend to have the implants removed.

  • Inward Travelling Infection
  • Deep Transdermal Placement
  • Rejection
  • Keloids
  • Hypertrophic Scarring
  • Bruising
  • Implant Rejection

 Creating the pocket with a dermal punch

 Inserting the transdermal jewelry

 Completed transdermal implant