Millennials are starting to regret their bad tattoos and piercings - and it's going to cost them

Jessica Brown@Jessica_E_Brown
Tuesday 20 December 2016 14:45

Forget Regrexit, young people are regretting their are starting to seriously regret their piercings and tattoos.

Dr Laurence Milgrim, a facial plastic surgeon from New Jersey, told USA Today about the danger of ear piercings:

There has been an influx of people, millennials in particular, who have a lot of body piercings — mainly facial piercings — that they are looking to change.

These are large earring holes, larger than the usual stud hole. When the earlobe and other parts of their bodies are expanded, they have trouble in the classic workforce. Nose piercings, ear piercings … and tattoo removal, especially on the neck, where it's noticeable, has become popular.

Milgrim says there are a few ways to fix damaged ear lobes. They can be reconstructed with surrounding tissue, where stretched, excess skin is removed.

As plastic surgeons, we do fix them, and we can do a very nice job. I have had people with massively stretched-out ear lobes and now, you would not even be able to tell.

One laser clinic in London has seen a 2 5 per cent increase in the number of people wanting a tattoo removed in 2013 to 2015.

Milgrim says ear reconstruction generally costs between $1,000 and $2,000 (£800 and £1,600) while tattoo removal is anywhere from $500 (£400) to $1,500 (£1,200).

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