Is having a tattoo dangerous for your skin?

Tattoos have become increasingly popular in recent decades with people seeing this as a way to express who they are. Body art in particular has caught the public imagination.

When you get a tattoo it is there for life so this means that this should never be a decision you rush into. One thing to consider is the possibility that a tattoo could be harmful for your skin. Getting a tattoo will mean dealing with ink being injected by needles.

When a tattoo is healed there should be no adverse consequences for your skin. If a problem is going to occur it tends to be around the when the tattoo is healing. Having a tattoo is an invasive procedure because you have needles injecting ink into layers of your skin. It is expected that people will lose a bit of blood and experience a bit of pain, but if it is done in a sterile environment there is usually no complications.

This is not to say that complications can’t arise and people should be aware of the possibility. Bacterial infection is always a risk; if this happens you will experience heat around the tattoo, pus, and redness.  Another possibility is that you experience excessive scarring or you have a reaction which causes granulomas which are like bumps. On rare occasions people can have an allergic response to the dye that has being used; for this reason it is important that the parlor keeps a record of any dye they have injected in your skin.

The most feared risk associated with having at tattoo is acquiring and infectious disease such as HIV, hepatitis b, hepatitis C, tetanus, or tuberculosis. All of these can be completely avoided so long as the studio is sterile and the artist uses the correct procedures with their equipment. Make sure that any parlor you use has an autoclave; this uses heat to sterilize all the non-disposable equipment and materials. Prior to beginning any work the tattoo artist should remove equipment from the sterile packaging in front of you.

In order to ensure that nothing untoward happens during the healing process you need to follow the aftercare instructions from the tattoo parlor. When you pick a parlor that follows sterile procedures and you take care of your new tattoo there is little chance of complications.

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