To those who installed their own x-series chips, is there anything you wish you knew beforehand that would’ve made things easier or safer? Nothing in particular, just anything you learnt from your experiences.
I think I have a good enough understanding now but the more knowledge the better.
I will say, I have to resort to self implanting as I’ve found no one in my city or nearby that is willing to implant for me. No piercers or such artists, no doctors or surgeries both cosmetic and private.
lube. i dunno if dt’s injectors come prelubed, i didn’t have any issues with my xNT in '17, but doing my xSIID last year was quite a bitch. didn’t even know medical lube was a thing til a few months ago
If you can get a friend to help you tent the skin, it will be much smoother going! I didn’t have anyone assist with mine and it definitely would have been easier if someone else had been helping me keep my skin tented instead of using a hemostat. You get much better grip and elevation with fingertips and it’s easier to feel what anatomical structures are in the area and it’s really important to the speed and ease of getting the needle where it needs to be.
I know other people on this forum have said it but I was still surprised by how difficult the initial insertion was. Once the needle was in past the bevel, it was pretty easy going. It wasn’t even particularly a mental thing for me, it’s just thick skin with good elasticity to it.
If you don’t have experience using hypodermic needles, it’s good to look up basic needle safe sterile practice - don’t uncap until you’re fully prepped to use it, don’t touch it by the tip while uncapping (or at any other point, haha), needles dull significantly after puncturing skin even once, etc.
Since this threads been split, I thought I’d copy what I said about getting implants in Brisbane / Queensland, Australia with The Piercing Shop:
I thought I’d just jump in and give some thoughts, since I have been to The Piercing Shop twice, and have gotten two implants there two weeks ago.
They do kinda do implants… fragger and I have both gotten implants there, xseries for myself, flex for fragger. Only one piercer is willing though, and some of the trainees / receptionists / assistants work under the unwilling one, so it can be interesting to get an appointment. Best thing to do is give them a call.