I had my Apex Flex installed on Nov 30th last year.
The installation was not very smooth, but we got it in there.
Today, nearly three months later, it still looks like this:
I’m in the UK; this was my fourth implant install. I had the xNT, xG3 and flexNeXT installed before this.
Healing times for the xNT & xG3 were roughly a month until entirely “normal”.
The flexNext took much longer but healed fine. As there was significant pooling, I kept my hand raised essentially for three weeks straight. I attempted to play VR once it looked good, but unfortunately, it swelled again. After that, I kept it elevated until I was sure it was healed. Sadly, the NFC & LEDs have since stopped functioning; otherwise, it’s all good.
The scar & skin above the implant often shows pink/purple colouration when my hands are cold.
I booked with an installer from the DT map, but on the install day, I found out that he had stopped taking installs for the Apex form factor as they often take a long time and are riskier than the usual injectables. He graciously decided to do it as he concluded my skin was soft/flexible enough to make it easier. I tipped a fair bit; it was very cheap in the first place.
He initially didn’t make a long enough pocket. He removed the chip, re-inserted the needle, and pierced the opposite end of the pocket very slightly. This was still insufficient, so he used the needle’s point as a makeshift scalpel to cut a slight pocket under the entry incision.
Talk about agony, holy shit. Chunters about UK surgery law.
This worked, and I was advised to avoid bending my wrist for at least a week and to very gently change steristrips/plaster when needed. I followed this advice very carefully; no issues or accidents to speak of. Very little pain after day one.
Since then, it’s been stable. I’ve been using it regularly. Same colouration day-to-day. Gets more purple in cold weather. Absolutely zero noticeable pain. The only thing remarkable is how long it’s been this way, and a small “ball” of scar tissue at the far end of the implant, where the needle punctured the skin from the inside.
Is this taking an abnormally long time to clear up? Does it indicate any problems?
Is this as good as it gets, or can I expect this to heal fully eventually?
If this had been my first implant, I probably wouldn’t think much of it; but my other three have healed amazingly. I can’t help but wonder if the… less than smooth installation is to blame.