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05 November 2012

Think twice about the tattoo

Whether you consider it art or mutilation, body piercing and tattooing have become extremely popular, especially among the young.

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Whether you consider it art or mutilation, body piercing and tattooing have become extremely popular, especially among the young. But those who are considering it should think carefully – both body piercing and tattooing could be risky.

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Remember there are no hard-and-fast guarantees of safety – so weigh up the pros and cons carefully before you make a final decision; talk to a few people that have already had the type of piercing or tattoo you are considering – ask them about their experiences, the costs, the pain, and the healing time; ensure that you have good after-care with your tattoo artist or piercer after the procedure; consult your doctor if your tattoo or piercing becomes red, hot and painful, or produces a creamy yellow or greenish discharge.

 
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