Sheffield health chiefs have issued a public health alert over a bizarre new craze in which couples are ditching traditional wedding rings in favour of piercings their ring finger.
Scores of people across the country have got the painful piercing and proudly displayed the results in pictures posted across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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While it is not yet known if there has been any cases locally - Sheffield's Clinical Commissioning Group warned that there are a number of health risks associated with the unusual piercings.
Anthony Gore, GP at Woodseats Medical Centre and clinical director at the CCG, said: “With any piercing or body modification, there is a risk of infection and scarring. Dermal piercings like this are also the most likely to ‘reject’, meaning that your body can resist and push the piercing out.
“If you decide to get any part of your body pierced, make sure you go to a licensed body piercing shop or piercer, and follow the aftercare instructions provided.”
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The procedure is a type of dermal piercing which is typically made up of two pieces of jewellery.
It consists of a flat piece of metal that sits beneath the skin’s surface and a visible stud that can be attached to it and changed just like any other body piercing.
Just one search of #fingerpiercing on Instagram reveals the extent of the growing trend - which has racked up several thousand posts.
One Instagram user posted: "Our engagement dermals we got Friday.
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“It was a little painful and bloody but definitely worth it and an awesome idea by my fiancée!"
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