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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
Thanks Dr. Sue Primmer once again for sharing her expertise. More great talks by Dr. Primmer, check out www.docsmo.com. Or find her on iTunes.