This new marriage trend could be causing major long-term damage
As Beyonce once said, “If you like it, then you should have put a ring on it.”
But put a ring in it? That’s a new one.
Some millennials are ditching traditional engagement rings for diamond piercings on their ring finger.
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Even if you have had body piercings before, the procedure can seem intense. After sterilization and the spot is marked, a small tool is used to remove a hole of skin for the diamond’s anchor – normally made of titanium or gold, which will hold the gem in place.
Ten minutes and about $100 later, you’re done.
Just like any other body piercing, it should be cleaned three times a day. If not, there could be the obvious consequences, such as infection. But what about the more serious, long-term damage?
Dr. Vivek Iyengar, a dermatologist affiliated with Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest, Ill., says aside from the initial pain you might experience, there is the risk of infection and migration of the piercing under the skin.
“Given the frequent use of the hand and high mobility of the area, snagging the piercing on a pocket or clothing is a likely risk, which could dislodge the piercing and also increase the risk of infection.”
Think it over before jumping on this bandwagon, millennials.
About the Author
Kelsey Sopchyk, health enews contributor, is a public affairs coordinator at Advocate Health Care in Downers Grove. She earned her BA in journalism and mass communications from the University of Iowa. In her spare time, you can find Kelsey working on puzzles, trying new sushi restaurants and cheering on the Chicago Cubs.