Tattoos and piercing: Teen trend

Tattoos are permanent body drawings that are made with small needles that open the pore and deposit ink inside. Then there is a wound that must be taken care of as such. They are not easy to remove, which is usually done with lasers.

Piercings are piercings in the body that are performed with a needle or catheter, introducing a ring, ring or metal ornament through the skin. The most frequent places of the body to do it are the eyebrows, the nose, the navel and the ears. Afterwards, it can be withdrawn.

The fashion of decorating the body can bring complications if it is not carried out in suitable conditions, such as allergies to ink or metal parts, especially when it has nickel. To see the reaction of the skin, the ideal is to make a couple of points in the chosen area. After two months checked the result, perform the full tattoo. Other risks are get infections and get a scar, in the case that the perforated area does not evolve regularly and do it in a thicker or raised, which is known as celluloid.

The recommendation is to ensure that the person who does have a certificate of health training and permission from the Ministry of Health, that the place is hygienic, that it has professional technical equipment and that whoever performs the procedure uses latex gloves. In the case of tattoos, check that disposable sterilized needles and inks that are not expired are used.

For piercing it is important to supervise that the rings or metal parts are made of stainless steel, are sterilized and come in a sealed envelope.

How to Dialogue about the Topic

It is key that parents listen before issuing a judgment. Ask your child what tattoo or piercing he wants to make, in what part of the body, how he thinks he is going to feel with that and what difference it makes for him to have it not to have it. The permission to do so, rather than the age of the adolescent, has to do with his maturity and with real motivation in the background. If you have a level of adjustment to the different media (school, social and family) and it is not conflicting, one might think that you have decided it maturely. In such a case, the parents should accompany him, find a safe place to do it, establishing some basic limits regarding its use and negotiate with him (her) if necessary. For example, when they go to school or the house of the grandparents, they remove the piercing or cover the tattoo.

If the parents objectively assess that their child’s decision is related to a personal insecurity issue, to distinguish themselves or to belong to a certain group, or with op positional and challenging behavior within the family and society, perhaps they should say: “Look, when we see you better, that you adjust better in school and you are more mature and less angry, etc., we can talk about it again. But at this moment we consider that no, because your body is something very important and it can be a wrong decision “.