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Body art goes skin deep

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Erik Sprague sports five Teflon horns implanted underneath the skin above each of his eyes, which help him achieve the desired lizardman look. (Photo by Allen Falkner)


A magnet implanted in Caeli Weaver-Jones' left ring finger allows her to pick up a safety pin. (Photo courtesy of Caeli Weaver-Jones)

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Subdermal implants—objects buried under the skin with the purpose of creating a sculptural image or magnetic pull—have become popular among those who are into extreme body modification. But plastic surgeons say body artists who do these procedures are not just putting people at risk for health problems—they are actually breaking the law.