Needles Puncture the Skin
Getting a tattoo involves the use of a hand-held machine with needles that puncture the skin and insert ink droplets. This opens the door to any of several potential health risks
- Unsterilized tools and contaminated ink.
- Allergic reactions.
- Granulomas or bumps.
- Tetanus, HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
Tattoos can also hinder the early detection of skin cancer, including melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. And, in some cases, tattoos can interfere with the quality of an MRI reading.
Regret Eventually Sets InYou know what’s as popular as getting a tattoo? Getting them removed! According to research, spending on tattoo removal is expected to hit $83.2 million in 2018. The cost ranges anywhere from $500 on up – so it’s not cheap.
Do Your Homework
If you do decided to get that hummingbird tattoo you’ve always wanted, then please, please, please check out the tattooing studio where you’re going to have it done. Make sure it’s reputable and properly licensed and uses an autoclave to sterilize equipment. Also be sure the tattoo artist takes needles from sealed packages before using them on you, washes their hands and wears gloves at all times during the procedure.
Do you have a tattoo? Does it have any particular meaning or significance? Do share!
Linda Ly, M.D., is a Family Medicine physician who cares for patients at Meyerland Plaza Clinic. Her clinical interests include preventive medicine, hypertension and diabetes.