In recent years numbers having a body piercing or tattoo have increased dramatically, particularly amongst younger people. Areas pierced and the types of attachments are becoming more unusual. Even if the piercing is undertaken hygienically, certain sites on the body can cause more problems than others. Infection is a common complication of mouth and nose piercings because of the millions of bacteria that live in those areas. Serious risks associated with such activities, which can be comparable to minor surgical operations, must be strictly controlled. Other body piercing activities also becoming more popular include therapeutic treatments like acupuncture and cosmetic treatments such as electrolysis and semi-permanent make-up. Whichever treatment you choose, all types of skin piercing can be extremely risky if the proper precautions are not taken.