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Safe Tattooing

The decision to get a tattoo might seem fairly trivial at a first glance if we take into consideration the fact that getting one or multiple tattoos has become something extremely common. In fact according to statistics, 1in 4 people between the ages of 18 and 30 has at least one tattoo and it's estimated that the number will continue to grow in the following years. However in order to ensure that the decision to get a tattoo is not one that will eventually be regretted it's important to learn a few basic safety tips.


Tattoos and other forms of body art have gained a lot of popularity throughout the years due to the incredible power they have to demonstrate uniqueness and sometimes to fundamentally change the way a person looks. Getting a tattoo is generally a decision that is made on impulse that generally doesn't need much rationalizing. The majority of people make only a shallow analysis of the pros and cons of getting a tattoo since in their gut the decision is already made.

While the attention is directed to choosing a beautiful, representative tattoo model it essential to make sure that you make an informed decision by knowing the risks you subject yourself to when getting a tattoo. Aside from the social perception problem and the fact that you might dislike it eventually you should keep in mind that tattoos are not accepted in certain professional environments. Aside from these factors it's important to also consider the health risks associated with tattoos. The process of getting a tattoo could subject you to the following health risks:


  • Infections and allergies happen a lot more than you would think and not only for certain types of tattoos. Permanent as well as temporary tattoos can both put you at risk. Even tattoos made with henna can cause allergenic reactions especially blue or black henna which could be mixed with coal tar to enhance the pigment.


  • While allergenic reactions might be temporary, certain infections that you might get during the process may impact your life permanently. Deep skin infection cellulitis, staph and fungal infections, hepatitis C or even HIV are some of the infections you might get if the tattoo isn't done in safe conditions.


  • MRI complications is another risk particularly fort those who have multiple large tattoos. During an MRI exam a person might experience pain and might even experience small burns. However this type of side effect is generally quite rare.


  • Unwanted scarring or glanulomas might also develop as a result of getting a tattoo. Glanulomas might emerge due to the fact that the body might perceive tattoo ink as a dangerous foreign substance and might develop small bumps as a result. The FDA is still studying the effects that tattoo ink might have on the body and tries to determine how safe tattoo inks really are.


  • Preventing these risks can be quite easy by following a few general guidelines designed to ensure that both the process of getting a tattoo as well as the tattoo aftercare are as safe as possible. Here's what you need to do to ensure that everything goes perfectly:

  • Don't get a tattoo if you are feeling sick because you will be more prone to infections when your immune system is weakened. Also avoid taking medication such as aspirin or consuming alcoholic beverages the day before getting a tattoo.


  • Make sure that you turn to a professional licensed tattoo artist who is able to show you his references. Check to see if the salon is kept at the highest standards of hygiene and that the salon owns an autoclave for sterilizing non-disposable tools. Make sure that the tattoo artist wears gloves during the entire time of the operation.


  • After getting the tattoo make sure that you keep the tattooed area away from the sun until the skin is properly healed and wash the tattoo with an antibacterial soap frequently. If you notice any redness or swelling cover the area with a few ice packs to calm the irritation.


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