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Tattoos & piercing

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Think before you ink!

A tattoo is a permanent addition to your body so you should think carefully about getting one. Having a tattoo removed at a later date by laser treatment is very costly and can leave scars. Read the below advice:

  • Watch the video above for tips and advice if you're thinking about getting your first tattoo, titled 'Tattoo Advice Part 1: First Tattoo'.

Remember: It's illegal for a person to be given a tattoo if they are under 18.

For further advice go to The Mix website

An alternative would be to look into getting a henna tattoo. These are not permanent, and there is no age limit to when you can get one done. The henna will fade within a few months. 

Getting a piecing

Piercings are less permanent that tattoos but can still leave scars and carry a risk of infection.

If you are going to have a piercing, make sure you use a professional body piercer. All piercings require extreme care and some  can take up to six months to heal properly.

If you're worried something doesn't look right:

  • Get advice from your GP.
  • Speak to a school nurse for support and advice.  You can send a text to ChatHealth School nursing team on 07507 333356. To find out more go to our ChatHealth page.

Useful tips:

  • Sterile surgical, single-use, disposable piercing needles must be used for body piercings.
  • The artist must clean the area to be pierced with a skin antiseptic such as alcohol.
  • They will also provide you with written aftercare instructions.
  • If the pierced area becomes red, swollen or tender or if pus develops, you should see your doctor immediately.

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