A tattoo is a form of body modification where a design is made by inserting ink, dyes and pigments, either permanent or temporary into the dermis layer of the skin.
Many individuals choose to get a tattoo for various reasons such as to honor someone or something, for the pain, because they’re addicted, to express creativity or maybe they just love the art. The list is endless, you decide why.
While they have their own reasons of getting inked; there are also numerous tattoo side effects that wouldn’t give you the vibe to get inked. Especially if it’s a permanent tattoo.
What are the reasons why you shouldn’t get a tattoo?
The following are the tattoo side effects that can occur as a result of getting inked.
1. Risk of Infection
Using unsterilized tattooing equipment increases the risk of contracting infections or STD’s (Sexually Transmitted Diseases).
Once contracted, they can require months or years of treatment, and still may not be curable.
Even if the needles are sterilized, or never have been used, it is important to understand that in some cases the equipment that holds them cannot be readily sterilized due to its design.
Even at fully vetted tattoo parlors, inking needles may have been used by multiple customers before coming near you.
Infections that could be contracted by getting a tattoo include; methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.
In addition, the person who receives a tattoo must be sure to care for the tattooed area properly during the first week or so after the pigments are injected.
2. Social Acceptability
A tattoo does not look appealing to the society and as such, it is really frowned upon and is thought to signify a low or loose lifestyle.
Most people with tattoos have been known to be gang members by both “respectable” people and people who are really in gangs.
There are also chances that others might take the tattoo to represent loose morals. Especially for women, this can attract an unpleasant group of unwanted suitors.
3. Medical Diagnoses
Aside from the risk of contracting an infection, there is also the chance that you may come down with an unrelated medical condition that has as one of its symptoms as discoloration or distortion of parts of the skin.
A doctor would have an idea of how to examine your condition by looking at side blemishes-but due to obstruction from your tattoo.
Though, other blood test could be carried out, but a clear view of the skin could narrow down the range of tests required and also minimizes cost.
4. Removal Problems
Though they are techniques and methods for removal of tattoos, they are equally dangerous. Some of those methods include; abrasion, laser treatments, scarification and surgery.
Laser treatments for example can lighten many tattoos but the treatment is expensive.
Laser treatment can also cause permanent change in skin coloration to a less desirable shade.
5. Risk of Death
As funny as this may sound, for people with serious medical conditions, tattoos can present a very real risk to life.
People with chronic heart disease, epilepsy, diabetes, hemophilia, and allergies should not get tattoos. The list also includes those who have had organ transplants, anyone on blood thinners, and those who are pregnant or nursing.
Both the conditions and the medications for them can affect the body’s ability to survive tattooing.
Sometimes the ink itself can lead to serious health complications by interfering with medications. In the case of pregnant or nursing women, the chances of passing infection or toxic chemicals from the tattoo to the baby are on the extreme.
6. Employment Issues
Who wants to employ someone with tattoos all over their body? Already, societal perception makes it impossible to be accepted into most organization as an employee.
Tattoos contradict reputation for respectability and trustworthiness that most companies strive for.
Tattoos also run the risk of offending or discomfiting your potential colleagues.
If a company needs to downsize, chances are you will be among the first in the line of fired.
You loved someone so much you put his (or her) name on your skin, let’s say on your face.
What are you thinking? What happens when you are no longer with that person, how do you forget them?
The design looked great on paper and is a mess on your body. You need to get rid of it fast!
Still your choice though 🙂
If you are thinking of getting a tattoo, keep in mind the risks involved – physical, social, moral and health related risks. Follow us on Instagram @thrivenaija for more health tips you’re likely to need.