ICD-10 Diagnosis Code Z41.3

Encounter for ear piercing

Diagnosis Code Z41.3

ICD-10: Z41.3
Short Description: Encounter for ear piercing
Long Description: Encounter for ear piercing
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code Z41.3

Valid for Submission
The code Z41.3 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Factors influencing health status and contact with health services (Z00–Z99)
    • Encounters for other specific health care (Z40-Z53)
      • Encntr for proc for purposes oth than remedying health state (Z41)

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.

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