Every time when we talk to our family and friends regarding our plan in getting a tattoo, most of the time they will say “it’s permanent, you’ll regret it, you won’t be able to find a good job” and so on.
These lectures can be quite annoying to sit through when you’ve got your heart set on the design you have in mind and the message behind them. However, tattoos are a huge commitment that some jump into before giving them enough consideration.
In fact, one in four tattooed people between the ages of 18 and 35 have regrets about their ink. That’s the reason why so many people choose to have them removed later in life.
But did you know that there are health dangers associated with this form of body art? So before you decide on getting a tattoo, look at these four potential health consequences that you should consider.
Some Inks are Toxic
A 2016 study funded by the Australian government found that one in five tattoo inks contain cancer-causing chemicals.
It was also found in 83 percent of the black inks tested. What’s more, in that of the 49 inks test, only four were following the European health standards for ink composition.
Getting A Tattoo can Interfere with Medical Treatment
A 2015 report in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology describes how doctors falsely concluded that a woman’s cervical cancer had spread to her lymph nodes.
During the surgery to remove the nodes, the doctors realized that what they’d identified as malignant cells was really a tattoo ink. Other similar misdiagnoses have been reported as well.
Tattoos can Develop Serious Infections Especially with Improper Aftercare
In a nutshell, fresh tattoos are open wounds filled with ink. That’s why good artists stress the importance of keeping them clean while they heal.
It is recommended to not participate in any public event like swimming. This simple activity invites bacteria into the wound, potentially developing a serious or deadly infection.
Tattoo Removal is Expensive, Time-consuming, and Can Lead to Other Complications
Just one treatment session of tattoo removal can cost hundreds of dollars. Apparently, you’ll need six to 10 sessions to completely remove the tattoo.
There’s also no assurance you won’t have any remaining markings after all the sessions. Some other complications include pain, blistering, and sometimes even darkening of the tattoo.