Are Tattoos Safe?

TattooIdeas (6)One of the major concerns many people have when they first think about having a tattoo done is, are tattoos safe?  Yes, tattoos are generally safe. This is because of the industry standards that have been put in place and the state and local regulations that are being enforced currently.  The most serious potential complication of getting a tattoo is the risk of contracting blood borne infections such as HIV or hepatitis from a contaminated needle. Actually, these risks should fundamentally be zero provided you choose a highly reputable tattoo parlor. It’s required by the law and health standards that parlors stick to the standards in hygiene and needle sterility.  However, if you are doubtful about a particular tattoo parlor, you should automatically keep looking until you get a reputable one.

A tattoo is just a minor medical procedure and when you get a tattoo done, your skin will be pierced by a needle and injected with small amount of ink. The larger the tattoos design, the more injection you will require.  Tattoo needles do not break the skin, which can allow bacteria into your body.  After getting the tattoo done, you need to look out for any pain, fever, pus and spreading redness, which would be a sign of an infection. These would require an immediate evaluation and treatment by your personal or family doctor. The bottom line is, there are some minor risks of contracting infection during the process of getting a tattoo done, or any medical procedure. However, it is highly unlikely because the entire industry is strictly regulated by local and state authorities. Any violation of these set safety standards will lead to serious consequences such as heavy fines and being shut down.

As the popularity of tattoo ideas constantly grow, so does the concern about the potential risks. However, what remains unclear is the safety of the tattoo ink. While the local and state authorities oversee the practice of tattooing, ink and ink pigments used in tattoos are subject to strict regulation as color and cosmetic adhesives.  Other public health priorities and previous lack of safety concern evidence, has proven that the ink used are safe.  Finally, some people may be allergic to some of the dyes used in tattoos for whichever reason, consult your doctor before you use one. Make sure the ink and other items used are not returned to the universal container.   The simple fact is, tattoos are a safe way to express yourself creatively and your greatest risk of getting infected comes from how you handle yourself after your new tattoo is done.