My magnetic implant experience
About five months ago, I made the decision to get a magnetic implant. I'd been reading about the implants online for a couple years, and had some extra cash that was burning a hole in my pocket, so to speak. I was craving a new addition, but I just didn't feel like getting pierced at that time. The magnetic implant appealed to me because it's not something every next person has (especially in small-town Minnesota), and the idea of so-called magnetic vision was really interesting. I asked some friends online about their experiences, and before long I was sold.
I messaged my artist of choice and we set up a time for me to come in and discuss the procedure, pricing, healing, etc. I arrived at noon (when the studio opens; I like to get there early and beat the rush of other customers) and waited for my artist to come out and chat with me. I talked to his apprentice for a little bit, and discovered that he had a magnetic implant as well. My artist came out and greeted me, checked up on my then-healing navel, and got down to business with the implant. He asked how I'd heard about them and what I already knew, and made sure I was aware that implants are pretty invasive procedures that should be taken seriously.
After our discussion, he asked if I wanted to go ahead and do it that day. I was hesitant and a little unprepared, since I hadn't really planned on it, but gave it some thought. A few minutes later I said, "What the hell. Sure." And so it began. I have to admit, I was super nervous and I really psyched myself out before we got started. I remember feeling something between excitement and nausea, but luckily I had some juice with me, and sipping that calmed my nerves pretty well.
My artist set up his room and called me in. He cleaned and marked my finger (I chose the fingertip on my right ring finger) and began the procedure. I opted to look away for most of it, but someone was photographing the procedure for me to look back on later. The procedure only took a few minutes, though it felt like forever and a day, and before I knew it my artist was closing the wound with a suture and cleaning up my finger. I expected to see a lot of blood, but there wasn't much at all. I sat on the couch in the lobby for a while to recuperate, then paid and went out for lunch before heading home.
My finger was definitely sore for the next week or so, and I certainly didn't help things along by being a klutz. I accidentally slammed my finger on so many things, causing excessive soreness, swelling, and bruising. Ibuprofen and ice helped me a lot during the first week. On the tenth day, I inspected the incision site, determined it was healing pretty well, and removed the suture. The wound wasn't fully healed at that point, but I kept it clean and dry and let it do its thing. About a week later, everything was perfect and good to go.
I had quite a bit of scar tissue around the implant site for the first couple months, which was expected, but it seems to be nearly gone now. I've been massaging the area to help things along, and it appears to be working.
I can pick up small objects such as paperclips and bottle caps, and tell whether an object is steel or aluminum, but the best thing is the magnetic vision. I can feel electromagnetic fields around electronics and appliances when my hand is within a few inches of the source, and it's such a neat sensation. I've noticed that as the scar tissue has lessened, I can feel things more distinctly and easily it's getting better every week. Everything has a different "texture." Some power sources pull my magnet in short bursts and feel more "chunky," while others pull faster and more fluidly, feeling "velvety" or "bubbly." Similar to sight, taste, touch, hearing, and smell, magnetic vision is hard to describe. You definitely need to experience it for yourself to get the full idea.
Now that all is said and done, my magnetic implant is one of my favorite modifications. It took a little courage to jump in and do it, but I'm glad I went through with it. Healing was a sort of shaky in the beginning, but beyond that it's been wonderful. Having a new sense is really cool, and astounding others by picking up small objects by "magic" has its own advantages, too.
If you're looking for a relatively small modification that can change the way you experience things in a pretty big way, then a magnetic implant may be for you. I know I love mine.
Thanks for reading!
submitted by: lovenotwar
on: 27 June 2012
in Magnetic Implants