Body piercing is a trend that has become popular among young adults and women in recent years. The phenomenon is associated with high risk-taking behavior, sexual desire, and the search for identity, but it is not associated with psychopathology or low self-esteem. However, people who have more than one piercing and those who have them done in intimate places are at a greater risk for infection and psychological distress.
Despite the widespread popularity, body piercing has been associated with an increased risk of complications. The most common non-infectious complication is allergic contact dermatitis. In order to minimize the risks, many professionals recommend hypoallergenic metalware, particularly during the healing period. Another risk factor is irritant contact dermatitis, which can result from cleaning solutions. If these factors are present, the piercing procedure should be avoided.
A piercing is not considered an infection hazard if it is performed by a licensed professional. Body piercing procedures can cause embarrassment, and some may cause local damage. Oral ear lobe piercings can lead to gingival recession and chipped teeth, which may interfere with speech. Genital piercings can lead to trauma during breastfeeding and intercourse. A dislomittered stud can cause the adornment to be swallowed.
While body piercing is popular, it has a number of risks. Some procedures can be painful, lead to stigma, and damage local structures. In oral piercings, a ring or piece may fall out or chip. Oral piercings can also damage teeth, dentures, and speech. In addition, oral piercings can lead to tearing, swelling, and dental problems. Similarly, genital tats may be harmful to a child during breastfeeding or intercourse. Physical force may dislomit the piercing, resulting in swallowing the adornment or tearing it.
While a piercing procedure is generally considered safe, some people may be allergic to the metal used during the procedure. Nickel is the most common metal to cause allergies and should be avoided by a piercing specialist. A doctor will examine the patient prior to the procedure to ensure that they are healthy and free of any infections. A piercing can be harmful to a child, so it is important to get informed consent.
In addition to body piercing, a person should be aware of the risks associated with it. While the procedure may be safe, it is important to be cautious about the safety of the procedure. There are many potential side effects, including allergic reactions and possible migration. The most common side effect is pain. Some people can experience nausea and vomiting after a piercing. If these risks are severe, they should avoid the procedure.
While body piercing is not illegal in New Zealand, the practice is still widely available and popular among youth. Generally, it is not legal to pierce a child under the age of 18 without parental consent. The procedure requires a physician’s approval. Although it is illegal to pierce a newborn, a parent must be present to supervise the child. The procedure is not harmful for infants.