ICD-9 Diagnosis Code V50.3

Ear piercing

Diagnosis Code V50.3

ICD-9: V50.3
Short Description: Ear piercing
Long Description: Ear piercing
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code V50.3

Code Classification
  • Supplementary classification of factors influencing health status and contact with health services
    • Persons encountering health services for specific procedures and aftercare (V50-V59)
      • V50 Elective surgery for purposes other than remedying health states

Information for Patients

Piercing and Tattoos

Also called: Body art, Body piercing

Piercings and tattoos are body decorations that go back to ancient times. Body piercing involves making a hole in the skin so that you can insert jewelry. This is often in the earlobe, but can be in other parts of the body. Tattoos are designs on the skin made with needles and colored ink. A permanent tattoo is meant to last forever. Permanent makeup is a type of tattoo.

The health risks of piercings and tattoos include

  • Allergic reactions
  • Keloids, a type of scar that forms during healing
  • Infections, such as hepatitis

To reduce the risks, make sure that the facility is clean, safe and has a good reputation. Proper sterilization of the equipment is important. Be sure to follow the instructions on caring for your skin.

Holes from piercing usually close up if you no longer wear the jewelry. It is possible to remove tattoos, but it's painful and can cause scarring.

  • Think Before You Ink: Are Tattoos Safe? (Food and Drug Administration)

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