BODY ARTS: PIERCINGS AND TATTOOS

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In the past, tattoos were something only sailors had, and the only body part people pierced was their ears. Nowadays, piercings and tattoos are everywhere. But like anything you do in life, from driving a car to playing a sport, tattoos and piercings come with some risks. Taking a few precautions will help you get the best results from your new body art and avoid side effects.

Piercings and tattoos are body decorations that go back to ancient times. Body piercing involves making a hole in the skin so that you can insert jewelry. This is often in the earlobe, but can be in other parts of the body. Tattoos are designs on the skin made with needles and colored ink. A permanent tattoo is meant to last forever. Permanent makeup is a type of tattoo.

The health risks of piercings and tattoos include

  • Allergic reactions
  • Keloids, a type of scar that forms during healing
  • Infections, such as hepatitis
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Fortunately, tattoos and piercings are safer than ever, but before you become a proud owner of a healed piercing, it’s important to do your homework which is treating it well. Body artists are expected to adhere to strict safety procedures. By following safety procedures, tattoo artists and body piercers protect themselves and their customers from a range of viruses and bacteria that can cause illness.

To reduce the risks, make sure that the facility is clean, safe and has a good reputation. Proper sterilization of the equipment is important. Be sure to follow the instructions on caring for your skin.

Holes from piercing usually close up if you no longer wear the jewelry. It is possible to remove tattoos, but it’s painful and can cause scarring.

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