“People are proud of their tattoos. It's like a modern coat of arms.”
Tattoos are in trend since pre-historic time and designs keep on changing with passing years. Tattoos reflect personality, reveals past and is best ornament of body one can wear. In USA, nearly 40% of adults between 26-40 ages have at least one tattoo. The domino effect created attracts many people of all the ages to get them inked. But in this crowded world, it is important to be wise and get a thorough knowledge about tattoos in prior of getting it.
Let’s get familiar with Tattoo
The word tattoo took birth from the Tahitian "tatu" which means "to mark something.” A Tattoo is a body modification which involves development of design on body by inserting ink, dyes and pigments into the dermis layer of the skin. The symbolism and impact of tattoos varies in different places and cultures.
Process of tattooing
An ink is injected into the dermis or second layer of the skin just below the epidermis by puncturing the skin using a mechanized needle. The white blood cells immediately respond to the damage occurred to the skin and tries to absorb the foreign particles and dispose of them in blood stream, but pigments being too large to be eaten up by white blood cells remain there.Risks involved in tattooing
There are various risks involved while going ahead with any sort of body modification, so before going ahead it is important to understand the side effects associated with tattooing.
A tattoo artist uses a handheld machine, to which a needle is attached which is used to puncture the skin. Each shot, a needle makes on the skin, and it injects ink into dermis. Tattoos are no doubt the best way to express you but as every coin has two sides, same is the case with tattoo. They can cause damage and other complications as follows:
- The most common infections associated with tattooing involve staphylococcus aureus or pseudomonas bacteria arising from poor skin preparation or equipment sterilization.
- Hepatitis is a disease which is 10 times more infectious than HIV, can be transmitted through needles used by tattoo artists. It is the reason the American Red Cross restricts blood donations from individuals with newer tattoos done outside of regulated tattoo facilities.
- Burning or swelling at the tattoo site.
- Allergic reaction to tattoo dyes, which may develop years later; signs of an allergic reaction include a rash at the tattoo site.
- Interference with future magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests.
Are Tattoos really safe- Safety regulation speaks it all
Are tattoos safe? The FDA only regulates the inks in tattoos, but the actual practice of tattooing is regulated by local jurisdictions, such as cities and counties. That means there is no standardized certification for those doing the tattooing or an overall governing body supervising the health and safety of tattoo parlors. You might have got an answer, whether tattoos are safe or not.
Precaution is better than cure
Before getting a tattoo, think twice and once you have decided to get a tattoo, don’t forget to do a thorough study on it. Have discussions with your tattoo artist and make sure he is solution to all your queries. Following points must be noted before going ahead with a tattoo:
- A tattoo studio should be well renowned with professionally trained and certified artists. Don’t hesitate to ask for certification. Treat your tattoo like a medical treatment and make sure the studio is clean and hygienic.
- Once you chose a tattoo salon, make sure prior to process, your tattoo artist washes his hands thoroughly and wear gloves in order to avoid contact of infection with your open wound.
- Before the process begins, make sure the tattoo artist removes needle and tubes from sealed packages to avoid any infection.
- Check whether the tattoo artist uses a heat sterilization machine (autoclave) to sterilize all non-disposable equipment between customers.
- Pain is inevitable thing in the tattoo process so make sure your tattoo artist apply a numbing cream in advance to inking process so that the process becomes painless.
Aftercare of the tattoo
When you get your dream tattoo, tattoo artist finishes with his job but your job starts within the tattoo studio itself. It becomes your utmost duty to pamper and care for your tattoo for its fast healing, to get the desired results. Follow the following steps:
- Always wash your hands before touching the fresh tattoo. Transfer of any harmful bacteria into a tattoo can worsen the condition, causing infection.
- It is advised to stay away from your shower, bath-tub, pools or lakes for at least 2 weeks to prevent infection.
- The tattoo might get sore for few days after getting the tattoo, but it is normal. Do use the aftercare cream timely as advised by your tattoo artist.