Although tattoos are easier to get and more popular than ever, it’s still important to consider the risks that come along with permanent body art. Make sure you know what’s involved and if this is the right decision for you.
Tattoos break the top layer of your skin, which means that infections or other complications are possible. Some specific risks include:
- Skin Infections – may cause redness, swelling, and pain.
- Allergic Reactions – tattoo dyes can cause allergic skin reactions such as an itchy rash.
- Blood Borne Diseases – if the needle used to create the tattoo has not been properly disinfected and is contaminated, a blood borne disease such as tetanus is possible.
- Other Skin Problems – bumps called granulomas can form around the tattoo.
Medication or other skin treatments such as tattoo removal may be necessary if you develop a serious allergic reaction to the ink or develop a skin infection.
To avoid the risks that come with getting a tattoo, it is important to make sure your tattoo will be applied properly under the correct safety precautions. Ask yourself these questions before proceeding to get a tattoo:
- Who is doing your tattoo? Go to a reputable tattooing studio that employs properly trained employees. Check with your city or state health departments on local licensing and regulations.
- Does the tattoo artist wear gloves? Make sure the tattoo artist washes their hands and wears gloves throughout the whole process.
- Does the tattoo artist use proper equipment? Make sure the artist removes needles and tubes from sealed packages. Pigments, trays and containers should be unused as well.
After getting a tattoo, make sure you take the proper steps to take care of it. Depending on the type and extent of work done, each tattoo may require a different type of care.