Due to the huge popularity of Magnetic Implants/Finger Jewelry and the wealth of misinformation and untruths about the procedure and jewelry, I would like to share this FAQ so that everyone can be properly informed about this popular procedure.
What’s it for?
While it’s possible to use it for silly bar tricks to pick up paper clips, nails and bottle caps, the primary purpose is to sense electromagnetic fields. It grants you what amounts to a sixth sense, the ability to detect the vibrations emitted by motors and other electrical equipment or in various things that carry magnets. It has been described as “Magnetic Vision”. It can also be useful for those who work in electronics and other fields where sensing EMF would be useful (as well as being able to pick up small objects made of ferrous metals with a single finger). Only ferrous (iron-bearing) metals and magnets will be affected.
How much is it?
The cost is $185 per magnet and includes the implantation procedure. Second magnets in the same client are $150 each.
How is it done?
The gold plated magnet is coated in implant-grade silicone via injection in a mold, and then cured. Your finger is placed in ice water for several minutes to numb it for the procedure. A small slice is made in your finger (typically on the side of your ring finger, near the tip). The magnet is inserted, you receive one stitch, and then your finger is bandaged.
How long will it take to heal?
Most people are able to use their finger carefully after 2 days, while still wearing the bandage. Primary healing of the cut takes about a week, and after 7-10 days the stitch is removed. Full healing and encapsulation takes about a month, and I suggest that you do not play with your magnet very much at all during this time while it heals. It will take about six months for the scar tissue to subside and for you to have the full sensitivity.
Can I get one in each finger?
A second magnet in another finger in the same hand may give you a more “3D” sensation when you detect the fields. Some people like to have a magnet in each hand, while others prefer to have a “control” or non-magnetic-sensing hand if they are unsure if the vibration they are sensing is truly an electromagnetic field.
Can I get more than one in a finger?
No. This was tried in early testing and it proved to be unsuccessful, because the magnets are attracted to each other and will crush the skin between them, and as such I will not implant more than one magnet in a single finger.
Why do you recommend the ring finger?
The ring finger is the weakest finger and I place it to the side so not to inhibit pressure of lifting boxes and grasping items.
Can I get it implanted somewhere else besides the finger?
Yes. People have had them implanted on the backs of hands, ears, etc. The only thing is that I do not recommend using them to hold anything for a long period of time (anything over 20 minutes) because that will damage the skin over the magnet.
Will it wipe out credit cards, or affect computers or other electrical equipment.
No. It is a neodymium magnet graded 45 out of 50 gauss (which is very powerful) but it is still small enough that it won’t wipe anything. Many people have received this implant and none have yet to have a problem with credit cards or computers. Many of them work as musicians, computer technicians, etc, and they do not have any problem with the magnet affecting their equipment. You will likely be able to sense the fields vibrating your magnet, but the magnet is too small to affect your equipment.
What if any effect will it have on implantable defibrillators/pacemakers?
The two have not yet been combined in one body, so I cannot provide a guarantee about something that could potentially affect your medical equipment, however I can’t see there being an issue with it since it’s too small to affect credit cards or other types of equipment.
How many problems will it create with security, since it is not a medical procedure and not removable without being cut out?
I do not know personally of it ever setting off any metal detectors going through at airport. A wand may recognize it, but it’s unlikely they would point it at your finger. Explaining that you were testing a theory of magnetic vision so you have a tiny magnet implanted should clear it up. TSA have been known to be jerks to the modified, so that is a potential risk you will assume if you get this implant.
What if you have an abnormal magnetic field to begin with? I’m one of those people that drains batteries, breaks watches and cell phones, etc.
It isn’t likely that you would drain this type of magnet. It takes thousands of years to drain a normal magnet and one rated so high as the neodymium magnet is expected to take longer. If this is truly the case with your body then I’m not sure what would happen with the magnet inside you. I’m not sure if you would receive the same response from the magnet as a normal person would. Again, keep in mind that this is an experimental procedure, so I cannot give you any guarantees of performance.
What if I need an MRI?
Originally it was thought that the magnets would always rip out of the skin and attach themselves to the MRI. However, I now know of a few people who have the magnets have gone through MRIs and this did not happen. One person reported that the magnet just vibrated very strongly. Another person reported that the techs shielded his hand, as they would with someone who had shrapnel or other implants. However, there are several different types of MRIs, so I can make no guarantee of what will happen during your MRI, so you must discuss it with the technician. It is likely that they will give you a hard time about it, so you should be prepared for this and for any possible risks to yourself. It’s also possible that the MRI might demagnetize your magnet.
What if I want to remove it but I have no way to get to Craig?
Removal is as simple as insertion, but should be conducted by a professional. A small slit should do the trick. In any case, should the professional want basic instructions from me, feel free to email me with a request and phone number with the best time to reach them.
What is the safety record of the magnets? What about what I’ve read of the silicone breaking down?
Most of the information on the web refers to the early trials done with the first-generation magnets. Those magnets were dip coated, and the bubble shape that caused irregularly covered the pill-shaped magnets. The second generation magnets are evenly coated via injection molding. These magnets have now been in use for around six years or so, and have not been subject to the same failures. They have now been implanted in over a thousand people. While there have been some rejections as there can be with any implant or piercing, there have not been any reports of breakdown of the silicone coating as was seen in the first generation magnets.
What are my odds of rejection?
On some occasions, usually if it is played with too much during the healing stage, it can reject out of the body like a splinter would push out. If this occurs, I should be able to insert another magnet and it usually takes the second time. Rejection is always a possible risk with any implant or piercing, as your body is doing what it’s supposed to do, repelling a foreign invader, and you should be aware and prepared for this, though the likelihood of it is small.
I’ve heard magnets have healing abilities. Can these magnets heal?
We have heard of cases where having a magnet implants did bring alive what had been considered dead nerves, but there have been no studies to my knowledge to back up this theory, and I can make no claims to this.
If you have any other questions or would like to schedule an appointment to have the procedure performed in my body piercing studio in Arlington, Virginia, please feel free to contact me here…http://craigpokesu.com/contact/ or schedule an appointment here…http://craigpokesu.com/calendar/.
Please note that a deposit of $75 will be required when making an appointment for this procedure.
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