6 tips on the clinical management of body modification

Cutting or burning the skin to leave a scar is the latest trend

Body piercing and tattooing may be mainstream these days but, until now, clinicians have had little guidance on managing associated health risks.

pierced woman

The latest trend, scarification (which involves cutting, burning or branding the skin with some sort of message), is likely to be more problematic.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued its first clinical report on the subject.

The key points are relevant to Australia.

Here are the main takeaways as summarised in the NEJM Journal Watch Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine: