To many people, tattoos are a way to express their personalities. Earlier, tattoos were a part of the rural and tribal tradition but today, it is seen as an act of rebellion, as freedom of expression, a medium to express one’s deepest feelings or to commemorate a remarkable memory.
However, although it is a popular art form, there are precautions to follow when it comes to getting a tattoo. Before you get a tattoo, you should know:
Beware of diseases
This is perhaps the most critical point to remember. When getting a tattoo, if the needle used or the instrument in question is not adequately sterilized or cleaned, it can lead to infections, diseases borne from the blood such as Aids, HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Tetanus.
Allergic reactions are rare but they do happen. These can occur even after many years thanks to a dirty tattoo needle or instrument. These allergies are severe to deal with.
If the pigments used in the tattoo are not of good quality, then the chances of nodules forming in the tattooed region are higher. This is because it is the body’s defence mechanism that it forms nodules around anything that it sees as a threat or foreign object.
Reports have shown that tattooed areas tend to swell, burn or itch after an MRI. The side effects though are not long-lasting.
Tattoos are removable but it is an expensive, time-consuming and a painful process. Not only do you need to think your tattoo through but also remember that the skin region where the tattoo is done will never be the same.
Pre-requisite for getting a Tattoo
- Regions with moles should be avoided
- Use a sterilized instrument only
- Always ask for a new needle
- New ink should be used and old ink or leftover ink should be avoided at all costs
- Make sure you know what you are getting into
- Go to the best tattoo artist/parlour only
Important tips for Tattoo care
- Leave the bandage on for at least two hours or overnight
- Wash the tattooed region with a mild anti-bacterial soap
- Do not rub the tattooed region
- Use a water-based ointment or lotion until all the scabs flake off
- Never pick on the scabs
- The tattooed region should have minimum interaction with water until it has healed
- No swimming until the tattooed region is healed
- No direct sunlight
- Apply sunscreen to the tattooed region
Disclaimer: The information included at this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment by a health care professional. Because of unique individual needs, the reader should consult their physician to determine the appropriateness of the information for the reader’s situation.