The Dark Side of Tattoo – Can We Jeopardize Our Health With Tattooing?

The Dark Side of Tattoo – Can We Jeopardize Our Health With Tattooing?

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A tattoo is the new black

Tattooing is more popular than ever, and statistic shows that over 40% of young people have at least one on the body. It has been a part of many cultural legacies and a way of artistic expression. For people who decide on a particular picture that will put on the body for the lifetime, it presents a declaration of a specific attitude, emotion, and style. The whole industry is behind top-quality colorful tattoos today, and social networks are full of cool images, ideas, and motives. And if the tattoo process has improved significantly compared to the old way of applying ink with a needle, getting a quality tattoo is not always easy. Apart from the risk that the artist will not be able to perform the magic that you have imagined when you have assigned him a task, the tattoo may bring some consequences for you.

The process itself consists of a tattoo needle that literally, many times, pierces your skin and draws the art. This needle inserts a small amount of pigment in the deeper layer of the skin. When the skin heals well from the stings, you got a permanent image, a piece of art, for the rest of your life.

To give this process a happy ending, it is necessary to select the best artist’s tattoo first and, most importantly, to let these micro-injuries to heal correctly.

What are the tattoo’s side effects, and are we in serious danger?

Most of the risks and side effects of tattooing occur when the tattoo is still fresh. The skin is vulnerable, so adequate care is needed to avoid complications such as:

  1. Skin Infection – Tattooing is an art that hurts. The process represents, in some sense a kind of surgery where the upper (epidermal) and middle (dermal) layer of the skin must be injured.

A real tattoo artist will direct you to possible reactions, as well as the way to treat new tattoos to avoid complications.

Unfortunately, during this process, skin infections can occur if the artist is not using an adequate equipment. For example, if non-sterile water is mixed with ink before injection.

The first couple of weeks of healing are critical. Symptoms include redness and itching. The area can also become swollen. Sometimes, the infection can have other symptoms, such as a fever that even can become chronic.

  1. Allergic reactions – In some people, an allergic reaction may occur after tattooing. Mostly this is a color ink allergy (red, yellow, blue, green pigment), especially if there are plastics in it. Symptoms may be rash, hives, and severe itching. An interesting fact – these reactions can happen even several years after tattooing, which often creates difficulties in identifying the causes of an allergic reaction.
  2. Leaving the keloid scar tissue – Due to a side effect such as a skin infection or the allergic reactions, the tattoo may be covered by scarring. Over time, scars such as old stiff injuries appear on the skin, at places where the image lines are.
  3. MRI scanning and complications with tattoos – It may seem to have nothing to do with it, but it may happen that during an MRI scanning, it comes to the reaction, especially if you have an old tattoo made with poor-quality colors.
  4. Needle Sterilization – Sterilized equipment, needles, hygienic masks, and gloves are the first rule of every reputable tattoo artist. The tattoo needles are penetrating the skin and contaminating the blood.

Unfortunately, the unsterilized needle and tattoo studios of unverified rename are often the cause of transmissible diseases such as HIV, hepatitis C, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

  1. Tattooing can camouflage cancer symptoms – Red spots or other skin changes are the first symptoms of cancer or some other health danger. If the large surface of the skin is covered with tattoos, it is sometimes difficult to notice such changes in time and respond adequately. That’s why it may carry the risk of camouflaging the symptoms of cancer.

Is tattoo ink safe?

Tattooing has become much safer in the past few years as equipment has become more modern. Previous studies revealed that almost 65% of pigments used as tattoo ink contain metal, nickel, or some other agents that can cause cancer.  Also, some tattoo inks contain heavy chemicals like the ones in car paint. Legislation in different countries in various ways controls the testing, production, and use of pigments in the tattoo industry. However, certain tints, especially brighter colors, can still cause some unpleasant reactions.

Health organizations always appeal to a massive number of people who accept this global trend, to do tattoos exclusively with checked tattoo artists in right conditions. The service provider should not tattoo any person under the age of 18 years. If this is the case with your artist, you should avoid him. Naturally, the price is something that very often determines who we are going to address, and the lower price for the artwork also carries a higher risk for complications.

When you are sure, you have found a picture that defines you, be aware that it will remain there for the rest of your life. So don’t be rush. If you are getting a tattoo, do it well and safely.

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