Here’s a question for someone who knows anatomy, and probably for body modification professionals / enthusiasts also:
In super-simplistic terms, I understand the skin is composed of the epidermis (~0.2 mm thick, made up of “dried up” dermis cells that have been “pushed up”), dermis (~0.9 mm thick), and then hypodermis (connective tissue).
Our implants go into the latter.
Question #1: What happens if you intentionally implant something in the dermis?
Conventional wisdom says the implant is eventually pushed out of the body. I’m assuming this is because of the “elevator” effect in the outermost layers of skin, whereby deeper dermis cells move upward to renew the epidermis, taking the misplaced implant with them.
Is this what happens? Does it always happen?
Question #2: if stuff implanted in the dermis gets ejected out of the body, how come tattoo pigments stay there forever? They’re foreign objects too after all, albeit very small.