Subdermal Storage

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Wednesday June 10th, 2009 @ 2:29 PM

Filed under: Implants

This modification is kind of out there; I’ve never even heard of anyone trying it before.

I want to implant a container under my skin that can be opened. Assuming it is possible, how much storage space do you think could be done? Matchbook? Hide-a-Key sized? Somehow the skin would have to be kept apart so I could open the container. Should I be reconsidering this?

I had a similar idea years ago. I wanted to make a knife sheath out of implant grade teflon, similar to the one’s that are common and made of kydex. The sheath would be implanted in my inner forerm It would have been a cross between transdermal and subdermal. I ran this idea by Steve Haworth, back when he was still pretty much the only reputable person for implants of any sort. He tossed the dea around a bit but ended up deciding it was unfeasible, at leat at that time. In my experience with transdermals, both in having six and in removing dozens if not hundreds on other people, I definitely do not think what you want is feasable with current techniques. That’s not to say it is impossible, but for the time being at least, I consider it highly improbable. However, I am hopeful, that this kind of procedure can and will be perfected at some point.


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One Response to “Subdermal Storage”

  1. This is a really tricky problem actually because you have to figure out how to get skin to fuse to a foreign material (the sheath/pocket). It’s damn near impossible because of the immune system among other things. The biomedical research people are working on it mainly for purposes of prosthetics for amputees - e.g. a fake leg that can be attached to some kind of anchor that’s bolted or fused to the bone of the stump of a real one.

    It always baffles me that there isn’t any collaboration between the body modification community and the scientific research community (aside from some psychology studies that I’ve seen posted on ModBlog). I think free tissue samples (to study healing and immune reactions) in return for free dermal punches or implants or something would be a win-win situation.

    Xenobiologista on June 12th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

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