Welcome to another edition of DocSmo.com, the blog dedicated to children and parents. I’m Dr. Paul Smolen, you know, Doc Smo and I am grateful and honored to have as my guest today Dr. Susan Primmer, board certified dermatologist and pediatrician and a great friend. She has loads of experience and always brings some great insights on whatever subject we are discussing. Today we are going to talk about tattoos and children from a dermatologists perspective. Welcome Dr. Primmer.
1. Question -Why do teens and young adults get tattoos from our experience?
Highlight body parts
Increase sex appeal
2. Question- Laws in North Carolina and New Jersey with regards to parental consent.
NC-Illegal under 18 years consent or not.
NJ- Parental consent under 18 years
California- Illegal to “offer” or perform to tattoos under 18 years of age.
3. Question -What are the different types of tattooing and what goes on in the skin.
Injected into dermis
Not really removing- making particles smaller. Changes the way your eye sees it.
4. Question- Are complications common?What kind of problems do you see?
Actually not many problems.
Remorse the big problem
Infected ink outbreak last year with mycoplasma species
Blood borne diseases
Allergic reactions- Henna
5. Question- Some anecdotes would be good. I can talk about a child who had an allergic reaction to henna and the “scar” tatoos I used to see kids give themselves in elementary school.
Patty to Party story…. Chinese symbol
6. Top reasons not to get a tatoo and how parents can talk to their kids about this subject.
Many cannot be removed
After removal skin texture never the same
Expensive-removable ink $$
Relationships sometimes don’t work out
Body parts age/ Tattoos age smudge
Standing out may not be what one wants