Thinking of getting a tattoo? Read this article too. It will help you weigh the pros and cons of a tattoo, and take the proper precautions so you get the safest, most hygienic tattoo possible. You will also know what to expect during the tattoo process, and what you can do before and after to minimize pain and risk of infection.
How will they do the tattoo?
The tattoo artist will use tools or a handheld machine that inserts little drops of pigments into the top layer of your skin. The length of the procedure depends on the intricacy of the design. Yes, it will hurt, because you will not be given anesthesia. The degree of pain depends on where the tattoo will be done: the number of nerves in that part of the body, the amount of flesh. However many people think that the pain is part of the rite of passage.
Health risks of getting a tattoo
Tattoos will always bring risk of skin infection (redness and swelling, or pus) and allergic reactions to tattoo dyes especially red dye. Some people may develop keloids, or a raised area of the skin because of excess scar tissue. Unfortunately, tattoo inks are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.
Contaminated tattoo needles can also spread hepatitis B and C, tetanus, HIV, and other diseases spread by infected blood. Be sure you are updated on vaccines, though do note that they do not provide complete protection. (For example, there is no tattoo against HIV.)
Important safety precautions
Always have your tattoo done by a reputable tattooing studio. The person must be trained and licensed by your state, though some state do not have strict rules and guidelines.
Insist that the tattoo artist uses clean hands: washed properly, and covered in fresh pair of protective gloves. The needle must also come from a sealed package (insist that it is opened in front of you) and that any pigments and trays are new.
Non disposable tools an equipment should be sterilized or disinfected. Ask the studio about its cleaning standards.
You will be able to take off the bandage after a day. To prevent infection and speed up healing, apply an antibiotic. You may also want to take Vitamin E and Vitamin C, both of which help the skin and can help boost your immune system.
Regularly wash the area with soap and water. The area will be sore so don’t rub it dry; just use gentle pats.
To prevent dryness, apply moisturizer (preferably one with Vitamin E and other restorative ingredients). Since the skin is very raw and sensitive stay out of the sun or wear loose clothes than cover the area.
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