What are the Risks of Tattooing?

No doubt, getting a tattoo is a great idea for you to look sexy, different and to have your own identification, which you want to show off to others. But, it also involves serious risks and dangers.

Some of the important tattoo risk issues are concerned with tattooing, tattoo removal, adverse reactions to tattoo colors, pigments, diluents being used in tattooing. There are both physical and psychosocial risks are documented with tattoos.

If all the sterilization and sanitation procedures are followed correctly in tattooing, risks for disease transmission are relatively low. Infections can occur after tattooing, if proper aftercare steps are not followed.

Here is a list of risks involved in tattooing:

  • The most dangerous risk involved with tattooing is that, you may infected by HIV- the virus that causes AIDS,, hepatitis B or hepatitis C, tetanus, tuberculosis, bacterial skin infections or dermatitis if proper precautions aren’t followed.
  • Allergic reactions: Tattoo dyes particularly red dye, can cause severe allergic skin reactions, resulting in an itchy rash at the tattoo site. This may occur even years after you get the tattoo. Some may get severe allergic reactions to the tattoo ink. And if you already have a skin condition such as eczema, you may have flare-ups after tattooing.
  • Tattooing may cause keloid formation on the skin.
  • Your body may form bumps called granulomas around tattoo ink, especially if your tattoo includes red ink.
  • Tattooing may cause some antibiotic-resistant skin infections which can lead to pneumonia, bloodstream infections and a painful flesh-destroying condition called necrotizing fasciitis.
  • There is also a least risk of anaphylactic shock (hypersensitive reaction) in those who are susceptible.
  • MRI complications: People who undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for tattooing may experience severe swelling or burning. This seems to occur only rarely and apparently without lasting effects.
  • Removal problems: Despite advances in laser technology, it can cause side effects like hyper pigmentation, hypo pigmentation, severe infection, permanent scarring.
  • Dissatisfaction with the tattoos: The most common problem that can happen with many people after some time is the desire to remove them out of dissatisfaction. Removing tattoos and the treatment followed for it carries dangerous risks.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there has not been a documented case of HIV transmission from a tattoo. However doctors strictly warn that non-sterile tattooing practices can lead to the transmission HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B, tetanus, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases.