Youthful choices for tattoos, navel piercings, and ear gauges can be regretted later
What is considered fashionable and mainstream can change completely over the decades. A perfect example of this is the tattoo. What was once the province of sailors and sideshow attractions has now become a staple of youth culture and a sign of individuality. The number of people in the United States now sporting some type of body ink is truly staggering, and body art has become big business. A full forty percent of adults aged 26 to 40 have at least one tattoo on their body. (1) Millennials are the biggest demographic for having tattoos, with a full forty-seven percent of them confessing to having at least one tattoo, according to a Harris Poll. (2) However, the joy of having a tattoo may not last as long as one would think. Polls have shown that a full twenty-five percent of those with a tattoo actually regret getting it in the first place. (3) Such individuals are in luck as experienced dermatologists, such as Dr. F. Victor Rueckl of Lakes Dermatology in Las Vegas, can address that regret by removing the tattoo.
Tattoos are not the only form of body adornment that is all the rage right now. The last decade has seen a sharp rise in the popularity of navel piercings and the use of ear gauges and multiple piercings. It's become quite chic for women to sport some belly jewelry by having their navel area pierced, and both young men and women are opting for multiple ear piercings. A licensed medical professional, such as Dr. F. Victor Rueckl of Lakes Dermatology, will inform their clients that even a standard ear piercing can lead to complications. A study found that up to thirty-five percent of those with pierced ears have experienced complications, such as forty-three percent having an allergic reaction and seventy-seven percent getting a minor infection. (4) Ear gauges, while still not fully mainstream, is a growing trend for Millennials. The eventful side effects of wearing large ear gauges is that the skin can become extremely stretched, almost resembling strands of spaghetti, and dangle loosely.