I’m a little squeamish by nature, which is probably why I am squirming in my chair as I am writing this. Apparently there is a new piercing trend emerging – eye piercing! I wouldn’t have believed that this idea is actually appealing to some people – or even possible for that matter – had I not read about it from a reputable news source (ABC News). Ok, maybe calling this a ‘trend’ is a bit overstated since only a handful of people have opted to get the procedure done. But given the increasingly freakish nature of society, coupled with the fact that the idea seems to be catching on in Europe, I have to assume that more and more people will want to have this done as time goes on. So far, it is estimated that 300-500 surgeries of its kind have been performed globally. Continue reading
Since its introduction in the mid-1990s, the practice of laser hair removal has dramatically increased in popularity due to its high level of effectiveness, not to mention the fact that numbing cream for laser treatments is widely available to help dull the pain. In fact, it’s now one of the most widely-practiced cosmetic procedures in the US, with more than 2 million treatments in the past year. However, there is a somewhat disturbing trend emerging within the laser industry – specifically, more and more non-physician practitioners are getting into the laser game in order to meet this increased demand. As of this writing, there are no federal regulations around the operation of laser equipment, nor are there any regulations around the locations within which these procedures can be performed. This is essentially what has led to the rise of the non-physician practitioner. Continue reading
If you’re reading this right now, you probably realize that the US is rapidly becoming a tattoo nation – that is, more and more people are getting inked, and social acceptance of tattoos is at an all-time high.
Unfortunately, along with this increase in popularity comes a backlash from an overly conservative segment of society that will stop at nothing to throw a wet blanket over this trend. Like most burgeoning trends, tattoos have their naysayers, and I’m guessing that most of these naysayers skew toward an older demographic with the time, status, and resources necessary to actually try and influence the trend. Read on for my analysis of the situation… Continue reading
It’s no secret that our society is becoming more and more litigious as time goes on. These days, it seems like everybody has a grudge, and if you’re one of the unlikely ones, this grudge can sometimes lead to a lawsuit against you! In my opinion, the key driver of this trend is money – everyone is looking for a quick and easy payday. Although sometimes this desire to get paid falls under the guise of creative rights, you better believe that cold hard cash is the ultimate endgame. And now, even getting a tattoo can lead to a lawsuit. Can you imagine getting sued over a tattoo copyright? Geez, what is this world coming to?? Continue reading
There are several types of waxing procedures designed to remove unwanted hair, the most extreme of which is the Brazilian waxing (also known as the Brazilian bikini wax). This method differs from traditional bikini waxing in the sense that not only is hair removed from the bikini line, but also everywhere else ‘down below’ as well! While it’s true that some women (and men) prefer a small patch of hair to be left behind just above the waxed area (typically referred to as a landing strip), the bigger trend is total removal of all the hair in the area. Continue reading
One aspect of ear piercings that many people do not understand is that there are many different varieties. To the uninformed, this might sound odd given that the ear encompasses such a small parcel of ‘real estate.’ But in reality, there are at least half a dozen different types of ear piercings that are popular today.
And this number is growing, as more and more piercing professionals are experimenting with new and creative ways to pierce the ear. Plus, society in general is more receptive to creative ear piercing concepts than it was even just 10 or 20 years ago. Thus, this is a highly relevant topic and as such, what follows is an overview of the 5 most popular varieties. Continue reading
There is no doubt about it – whether it’s a piercing or a tattoo, the concept of “body branding” is rapidly growing in popularity. In fact, this trend is the reason why we created our tattoo numbing cream in the first place. But like many things in life, this trend has both pros and cons, and one of the main cons is that more and more people are being exposed to contaminated tattoo ink.
Tattoo ink can become contaminated by a variety of elements, especially mold and bacteria. In fact, in 2012, tattoo inks contaminated with a type of bacteria called non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) led to multiple cases of serious infections in at least 4 states. Although this might seem relatively minor, it’s important to understand that contamination of this sort can lead to more serious problems, up to and including lung disease and internal organ infection! Continue reading
Tattoos are becoming more and more popular as time goes on; at least 10 million US residents now have at least 1 tattoo, and there are nearly 5K tattoo studios open for business in the US. Yes, the US is rapidly becoming a tattoo nation, but unfortunately not everybody who gets a tattoo gets it right the first time. In fact, it is estimated that almost half of the people who get a tattoo early in life will eventually regret the decision.
Luckily, it’s a lot easier to remove a tattoo nowadays than it was just two decades ago. Continue reading
As you no doubt know, GoNumb.com provides an excellent skin numbing option for minor skin-based cosmetic procedures, including pain free numbing cream for piercings. As such, we often get asked about the pain level associated with various types of body piercings. Well, since the pain factor varies depending on the specific location of the piercing, I thought this would make a great topic for this week’s blog post. Continue reading
It’s no secret that more and more people (both men and women) are resorting to waxing for their hair removal needs. It’s clearly a trend that is on the rise. This makes sense because the process is relatively easy, inexpensive, and straightforward. And since pain free waxing is now a reality, the fear factor has been removed for many folks, further fueling this trend.
However, if you’re getting ready for your first waxing – specifically, your first bikini waxing – there are some things you’ll want to be aware of. Read on and discover everything you need to know! Continue reading