Thinking of a tattoo for yourself? there is one very important thing you have to keep in mind — getting it done safely. Find out about the health risks involved, understand the basic safety precautions and aftercare steps, and your options if you change your mind.
When a person chooses to acquire a tattoo, it is important for that person to be aware of the health risks involved, so you can make an informed decision about whether or not tattooing is right for you.
Tattoos have gone mainstream, but as tattooing has spread, so have the associated health risks—skin infections, allergic reactions, and blood-borne diseases. Some of these reactions may cause serious effects that can outlast the tattoo itself.
Did you know? that, when you are injecting a substance your skin, you risk infection. Skin infections and other complications.
- Improperly used tattooing equipment carries a risk of infection from serious communicable diseases(such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV) and of injury. Clients undergoing this procedure should be advised to discuss these risks with their family physician.
Some individuals may have an allergic reaction to even the most pure and non-toxic pigments
. such as;
- shortness of breath,
- difficulty breathing,
- undue swelling,
- puffiness around the eyes, any of the above occur during the tattoo procedure the tattooing process should be stopped and immediate emergency medical attention should be obtained.
- A new sterilized needle set should be used for each client.
- All needles should be discarded after each use with each client. A needle
set should not be stored for future use with the same client
- After tattooing, the remaining unused pigment(s) should be discarded.
- The needle(s) should not be tested on the tattoo artist’s skin before or
- The tattoo needle(s) and tube tip should be maintained in a sterile
condition prior to being used and should not come into contact with
any contaminated surface during use.
- If tube and needle sets are rinsed between colours, this should be done
using an ultrasonic cleaning device, and the solution discarded after
- Excess pigment should be removed from the skin with a clean, absorbent
and disposable material (e.g. paper towel or facial tissue) in conjunction
with an antiseptic solution such as “tincture of green soap”. to reduce the pigment remains trapped below, as the surface skin heals.
Prcautions during the Healing Process:
- Although open air exposure during the healing phase of tattoo is the norm, the tattoo should be covered if it is going to be excessively exposed to dirty environments.
- Constricting or abrasive clothing should not be worn directly on a
tattooed surface for a few days in order to prevent irritation.
- Clients requesting tattoo removal should be referred to a physician,
preferably one experienced in laser tattoo removal.
- The client should be advised not to swim in chlorinated or salt water, as
either may leach out the pigment through the incompletely healed
punctures , Also Intense sunlight exposure should be avoided until the tattoo
is fully healed.
Removing a tattoo is a painstaking process. It usually involves several treatments and is often costly. And some tattoos may be impossible to remove without scarring. So before getting a tattoo, be sure you want it for the long run.