Genesis 1:31 reads “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good”.

He created man with beautiful skin and perfectly formed ears and a nose. But, the world has tried to alter that which He called “good”. According to a 2012 Pew Research study, an estimated 36% of Americans have at least one piercing somewhere other than an earlobe and that percentage may be higher for those 17-25 years I have seen some jaw-dropping tattoos and piercings in my travels. How about you?old.

But now, millennials seeking professional jobs, and entering a new, more conservative phase of life want things filled in or removed. A job interview or the opportunity in a boardroom is causing many to reverse decisions made by peer pressure or impulse. The piercings and tattoos accumulated in younger years just don’t cut it in the classic work force. 

Eugene Gentile, director of the Undergraduate Career Management Office at Rutgers Business School in New Brunswick says, “We tell people to take your nose ring out, but then you’re looking at that great big hole.  You want a person focusing on your eyes and mouth, not to be distracted by whatever adornment you have on your body.”

Most tattoos or piercings can be fixed in one or more visits to a plastic surgeon.

Tattoo removal costs anywhere from $500 to $1,500 dollars, unless multiple colors are involved. Then, each color may need different lasers requiring expensive equipment and multiple treatments.

Ear reconstruction averages between $1,000 to $2,000. 

However, today physicians are treating patients who need reconstructive surgery to amend deformities cause by overpiercing. When a piercing is made above the earlobe, a permanent hole is made because cartilage does not grow back or regenerate. But, there is hope for even the most ravaged ears.

Unfortunately, the waste of dollars and regret by patients is staggering. May our children and young people recognize the beauty in being created in the image of God. They don’t need to add to what He has made.

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