Getting to Know More About the Health Risks of Tattoos


Many students in self-defense classes are proud owners of tattoos. In fact, it is common to find some men having one or more tattoos on their arms or chest. Tattoos are also as equally popular among women. In fact, according to one survey, the chest tattoos for men and side tattoos for girls are perhaps the most popular tattoos among those who have them.

chest tattooFor many men, knowing self-defense and having a tattoo is a complete package of a masculine look. It is becoming the “in” thing. And girls are following this trend, although many of them choose to have tattoos on body parts that can be easily hidden by clothes like at the side or on the tummy.

A tattoo is a permanent body art. This is done by inserting colored pigments into the top layer of the skin using a hand-help machine that works like a sewing machine. Every puncture of the needle leaves a tiny droplet of ink to the skin. And it is done without using anesthetics. Understandably, the whole procedure can be painful. But that is the easiest part of having a tattoo. Once you decide you want to get rid of it will be the hardest part. Tattoos are almost impossible to remove. Although it can be removed, the removal can be costly and there is no assurance that the ink will be completely removed without leaving a scar.

Additionally, having a tattoo poses some health risks which you should know about. It is best that you are well-informed so you will know if having a tattoo is really for you or not:

  • Allergic reactions – Tattoo dyes especially those that are colored green, yellow, red and blue are known to cause allergic reactions including itchy rash or redness in the tattooed area. And this can occur even after months or years after getting the tattoo.
  • Skin infections – Pain, swelling or pus-like drainage are just some of the skin infections you might get after getting a tattoo. And they could also go on for months or years.
  • Other skin problems – Tattooing may also lead to keloids or bumps. Keloids are raised areas of the skin which is a result of an overgrowing scar tissue.
  • Blood-borne diseases – There are also blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis, tetanus and even HIV that can be transferred to you if the equipment used especially the needle are not sterilized or are contaminated.
  • Other complications – In certain cases, patients with tattoos who are subjected to MRI imaging may develop certain complications such as a burning sensation or swelling. In some cases, tattoos may also interfere with the quality of image that can be generated by the MRI.

It is said that tattoos can be used to express one’s individuality. It is a form of art that may find favor in the eyes of some audiences. However, before deciding on getting a tattoo, you must first consider the inherent risks associated with it.