What Are Potential Complications of Tattooing?

Discussion “Tattooing of skin via deposition of pigment particles and ink ingredients in the dermis changes normal skin into abnormal skin. Fortunately, this often causes no harm and no disease, although with important exceptions.” Tattoos can be inadvertent from road dirt, gunpowder, pencil graphite etc., but most are desired. Tattoos are common in many cultures and over time..They have been increasing in popularity in the United States over the past few years particularly with a younger, wider and more diverse population. Newsweek reported an 18-country study in 2018 which showed 46% of Americans have a tattoo and the US and Sweden tied for the highest median number of tattoos at 4. Of those 14-29, 36% had a tattoo. Unfortunately many adolescents and young adults are not aware of the potential complications. “If tattoos are placed in licensed parlors, infections are less likely to occur after tattooing than if they are placed by unlicensed individuals.” “Unfortunately, many tattoos are placed by amateurs, which makes the process much riskier. In these cases, antiseptic process may not be followed, leading to potential skin infections and transmission of bloodborne illnesses, such as hepatitis C or HIV.” Common sense recommendations if someone wishes to have a tattoo placed are to use a licensed business, and follow all appropriate after-care instructions scrupulously. Tattoos sometimes can be removed but should be considered permane...
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