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First-ever Tattoo and Piercing Guidelines Released by American Academy of Pediatrics

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Published on : Sep 19, 2017

The American Academy of Pediatrics had released its first report Monday that warns parents and teens about the possible risks of tattoos and piercings while also offering some useful tips. Pediatricians have suggested parents to converse with their kids about tattoo and piercing safety. Lead author, Dr. Cora Breuner has advised pediatricians to talk to their high school-age patients about tattoos and piercings and parents and teens to discuss on the subject before they turn 18, which is the minimum age required by most states.

More expensive than tattooing, tattoo removal has been on the rise. There were 52,675 tattoo removal procedures performed in 2016, as per the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Laser tattoo removal was up a 13.0% last year over the preceding year.

Breuner Saw Need for Guidance when Starting to Research Body Piercing Facilities

The report has advised teens wanting to get a tattoo or piercing done to research the facility before using its services for avoiding complications. Facilities should offer them tips on caring tattoos and piercings at home and be clean in the first place. Breuner has noted that tattoos and piercings should be avoided by those on medications that suppress the immune system. They should be up-to-date on all immunizations prior to committing to tattoos and piercings. The author has also noted that scarification has been banned in some states and not as highly regulated.

Even pediatricians have been guided on ways to distinguish non-suicidal self-injury syndrome from typical tattooing or piercing. The report has talked about a 2014 survey that unveils a 76.0% of 2,700 tattoo or piercing receivers that believe their chances of getting a job were hurt. Breuner has said that it is significant for teens to give a thought about the future consequences of tattooing or piercing and understand their permanence.