When Frank Sinatra sang his hit song I've Got You Under My Skin, we're sure he wasn't crooning about subdermal implants, because they weren't around in his time. Today, there is a whole new meaning to Frank's phrase about love, in the growingly popular practice of implanting "body jewelry" beneath the skin's surface, which results in a raised design.
The idea for subdermal implants is attributed to body modification pioneer Steve Haworth. It began when a customer came into Haworth's body piercing shop in Phoenix, Arizona and asked for a bracelet tattoo. Haworth suggested that he could implant a row of beads beneath the woman's wrists to create the desired effect, enhanced. The rest is history, as many well-known body modification artists adopted and expanded upon the practice. Haworth has since designed what he termed "dermal elevators," which are specialized medical instruments to assist in the subdermal implant process.