Four things you should consider before getting tattoos that could affect your health
If you’ve ever talked with your family or friends about getting tattooed, you’re probably too familiar with the game: it’s permanent, you’ll regret it, you will not be able to find a good job, and soon.
While lectures like these can be boring when you have your heart on a special design, the message behind them is true – tattoos are a huge commitment in which some people throw themselves before giving them enough consideration. Indeed, one tattooed person in four aged 18 to 35 regrets his ink. That’s why so many people choose to have them removed later in life and the biggest argument against going under the gun.
However, what we do not talk about are the health risks associated with this form of body modification. So if you want to make a tattoo, great – but here are four potential consequences, you should think first.
1. Some inks are toxic. A 2016 study funded by the Australian government found that one in five tattoo ink contained carcinogenic chemicals, which were also present in 83% of the black inks tested. In addition, in the 49 ink test, only four were compliant with European health standards for ink composition.
2. Tattoos can interfere with medical treatment. A 2015 report in Obstetrics and Gynecology describes how doctors mistakenly concluded that a woman’s cervical cancer had spread to the lymph nodes. During the surgery to remove the knots, the doctors realized that what they had identified as malignant cells was really tattoo ink. Other similar misdiagnoses have also been reported.
3. Tattoos can develop seriously nasty infections, especially with inadequate follow-up. In a word, fresh tattoos are open wounds filled with ink. That’s why good artists stress the importance of keeping them clean while they heal. Doing something as seemingly innocent as swimming in a pool invites bacteria to enter the wound, which can lead to a serious or fatal infection.
4. Removal tattoo is expensive, time consuming and can lead to other complications. A single treatment session can cost hundreds of dollars, and you will need six to 10. There is also no guarantee that you will not have scars when you’re done. Other complications include pain, blistering and sometimes even darkening of the tattoo.
Health concerns aside, I personally love both of my tattoos. It’s about educating yourself and making an informed decision. Need help finding a competent, competent and clean tattoo artist? Click here for a list of things to look for in a professional.
[via/ Medical Daily]