First Magnet Implant
On September 30, a local implanter gave me my first magnet- an N52 coated in Parylene-C with an additional layer of FDA Grade 6 epoxy. For the sake of record keeping and the sanity of future implantees concerned re their healing progress, I wanted to share my experience so far.
The entire procedure was incredibly sterile, no painkillers were used beyond a gloved finger in iced isopropyl alcohol to numb. The incision and insertion were over in less than 10 minutes at which point the site was sealed with Dermabond. I took 400 mg ibuprofen daily and when I was able to I would ice my finger. I cleaned the wound twice daily (used soap and water, not saline, oops), and applied a thin layer of triple anti-bact containing lidocaine and a band aid for pressure overnight. Any time a band aid caused enough moisture retention to lead to pruning, I removed it and let it air out. I also tried to play with it as little as possible, which is easier said than done.
Immediately following implantation, I was able to feel the microwave and lift large paperclips. My finger became very warm and inflamed and remained so for the rest of that day. The next morning my finger was substantially bruised, extending beyond just the implantation site. Both the inflammation and bruising had subsided by day 4, at which point the Dermabond was beginning to wear off enough to start to expose the incision site. I continued with the aftercare and the outer layer of the incision site essentially dried out and peeled off. By day 10 my finger externally appeared completely healed. I'm paranoid about rejection, so I continued with the aftercare for 3 weeks with a tapered use of covering (band aid or steri-strips). It now looks like the magnet is extremely close to the surface of the skin, which has given me amazing sensitivity but doesn't help with rejection-paranoia.
Here's the healing progress over the course of 24 days:
[1. Immediately following implantation- the black is sharpie marking the site; 2. Next morning, extremely bruised; 3. Day 4, bruising mostly subsided, glue beginning to flake off; 4. Day 10, bruising and inflammation gone, insertion site peeling; 5. ~3 Weeks; 6. Day 24, magnet appearing closer to surface]