Body Art – A Safe Way to Express Yourself? This Question is One Which Unicare and the Policy Store Have Taken a Look at; We Felt You Should All Have a Look at What We Fould.

By | February 2, 2014

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(PRWEB) November 26, 2004

Pierced ears were common in ancient Greek, Middle East, and Far East cultures. Nose piercing was popular in Alaska and ancient Mexico and is still common for women in Pakistan and India.

Today, body piercing and tattooing have become more popular among young and old alike. Because of the increase in body art over the last few years, there has been a growing concern about the safety of tattoos and piercing. If you or any family members are considering being pierced or tattooed, there are some important issues to consider.

What are Tattoos?

According to the University of Pennsylvania, the word tattoo comes from the Tahitian word tattau, which means “to mark”. Using an electric tattoo machine, ink is injected with a needle into the dermis of the skin. The dermis is the deeper second layer of the skin that does not slough off like the epidermis (top layer of skin). Tattoos are considered permanent because the ink in the dermis will last a lifetime.

Tattoos come in an array of designs and are chosen for a variety of reasons. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lists some of the reasons people may desire tattoos:

  • Personal expression

  • Rite of passage or rebellion
  • Permanent makeup
  • Addition to reconstruction surgery, mainly of the face or breast
  • People with alopecia (a type of hair loss) may tattoo new eyebrows to replace lost brows
  • Individuals with vitiligo (lack of pigmentation of the skin) may use – tattooing to cover up the condition

What is Body Piercing?

Body Piercing is described by the Nemours Foundation KidsHealth as a procedure that uses a needle to puncture or pierce the skin. A piece of jewelry is then inserted into the puncture wound.

Body parts that are often pierced include:

  • Ears

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