Adolescent and Young Adult Tattooing, Piercing, and Scarification

Academic Article


  • Tattoos, piercing, and scarification are now commonplace among adolescents and young adults. This first clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics on voluntary body modification will review the methods used to perform the modifications. Complications resulting from body modification methods, although not common, are discussed to provide the pediatrician with management information. Body modification will be contrasted with nonsuicidal self-injury. When available, information also is presented on societal perceptions of body modification.
  • Published In

  • Pediatrics  Journal
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    Author List

  • Breuner CC; Levine DA; Breuner CC; Alderman EM; Garofalo R; Grubb LK; Powers ME; Upadhya KK; Wallace SB
  • Volume

  • 140
  • Issue

  • 4