Rick Ross shows off his Notorious B.I.G tattoo
If you want to have a tattoo done, do remember that these permanent marks on your body might not end up looking as artistic as one would hope. They are known to cause some serious health risks if not done using a sterile environment and instruments, besides the short and long term risks of allergies to the ink. So,how sure can you trust your Doctors and tattoo artists with this care?
Also,do also remember that the procedure for tattoo removal can be much more painful and riskier than getting the tattoo itself – so do contemplate carefully about the consequences and ‘think before you ink your body,hahhaha….
HOW TATTOOS ARE DONE IN THE SKIN
Tattooing is the process by which the superficial layer of the skin that is,the dermis is impregnated with pigments to form a design, symbol, or letters through needle punctures ( so get ready to bear lots of pains hahaha) Most tattoos are made with hand-held machines which contain a single needle or groups of needles. They work in fashion similar to a sewing machine making fast oscillations and inserting ink droplets with every prick. Tattoo ink consists of pigments- either natural or artificial, along with solvents. The pigments stain the skin with various colors. Most people undergo the procedure without anesthetics and so it might be painful. It is also associated with mild amounts of bleeding and of course you should have known that!
Reasons Why Tattoos Are Harmful?
Most of the harmful effects of tattoos result from the pigments used in the inks. Some inks are actually those otherwise used in printers and automobile paint. Such strong colors have adverse effects on the skin. Most chronic reactions occur with red ink and black ink tattoos. Purple, pink and orange colors have also shown adverse reactions. Red ink may cause severe tissue damage which may exacerbate to such an extent that the only option left is amputation of the limb. The adverse effects of red ink are due to mercury, while black ink contains iron oxide. A history of having a tattoo may be a temporary deterrent to blood donation. In fact,there is more than you have heard!
The skin may get permanently disfigured and discolored due to amateur practices in applying the tattoo.
Tattoos can cause abnormal excessive scarring of tissue which results in the formation of a tough lesion called keloid. Keloids usually occur in individuals who are genetically predisposed to developing them.
BLEEDING AND HEMATOMA FORMATION
Hematoma is the collection of blood in an area of the tattoo. People on blood thinners may have excessive bleeding during the tattooing process and the healing may also take longer.
Granulomas are bumps in the skin formed around tattoo pigments which are perceived as foreign by the body.
BURDEN TO LYMPHATICS
The tattoo pigments may enter the lymphatic system and clog the lymphatic nodes and cause inflammation. The discolored lymph nodes appear similar to those affected by a skin cancer called melanoma and may interfere with the staging of the cancer.
Staphylococci are bacteria that enter the skin through the skin punctures and can cause serious infection.
Blood-borne diseases occur due to improper procedure, contaminated equipment and inadequate care post-tattooing. They include hepatitis B, hepatitis C and tetanus and even AIDS.
The truth is that tattoos have numerous health effects to the body. The effects are so bad that one has to live and die with it. More importantly how the diseases associated to tattoos are incurable!!!