About half of the world population aged 18-35 have at least one tattoo on their body and 1 in every 4 of them regrets getting tattooed. As a matter of fact, a great deal of young people who get a tattoo instantly regret their decision and admit they’ve made a rash decision, without previous research on the topic. Tattoos are attractive and beautiful but they also carry along a number of health concerns and social risks, some pretty shocking ones in deed.
The ink doesn’t just penetrate the first skin layers
When it comes to the health risks associated with tattoos, the first concern is about the ink and what effect it has on our immune system. Some of the inks they use for tattooing can be toxic and loaded with carcinogenic compounds, which go against the international health safety regulations. One study revealed that 83% of the black inks are carcinogenic and aren’t considered safe for human use.
In 2013 it was revealed that tattoo ink contains barium, copper, mercury and numerous other toxic chemicals which aren’t listed in the ingredient list on the ink containers. The FDA admits that after thorough research they were able to discover that the inks are in fact industrial colors which are used for printers’ ink and auto paint and are now looking into how these chemicals are breaking down in the body and what effect they have on our overall health.
Tattoos can cause medical testing errors
The tattoo ink contains metals, as we mentioned before, which can interfere with MRI, and although these cases are rare, radiologists have witnessed them happening. Pathologists, on the other hand, say that they’ve had cases of tattoo ink in biopsy specimens of lymph nodes. Doctor advise against using iron-based ink for tattoos.
One patient was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2015 which had spread to the lymph nodes. She had scheduled a surgery to remove the nodes and upon opening her up the doctors discovered that the lymph nodes’ cancerous tissues were in fact tattoo ink. And this is just one of the thousands of cases of misdiagnosis on account of a tattoo.
They may lead to infections
When you get a tattoo, your risk of infections goes through the roof. There have been cases were people get pseudomonas or staphylococcus aureus as a result of improper skin preparation or sterilization of the instruments. And we’re well aware that staphylococcus are rather serious and are difficult to get rid of even with antibiotics. 3% of tattooed people report experiencing some type of infection after the procedure and more than 4% of them say they’re in a lot of pain for up to a month after the tattoo.
A couple of years ago there was a mycobacterial skin infection epidemic across 22 states in the US which was linked back to a couple of brands for tattoo ink. After intense research the CDC was able to stop the spread of the epidemic. Many experts now connect tattoo ink to problems like sarcoidosis, lichen planis and lupus-like symptoms, which are all serious diseases, much more serious than infections, and leave behind scarring on the skin.
According to a recent study, tattoo ink has been linked to hepatitis C, an infection 10 times more contagious than HIV which is often transmitted through the needles used for tattooing.
A rash decision from the youth with social implication in your adulthood
Many people regret their decision to get a tattoo mostly because they hadn’t done their research in time and got them when they were young. Another reason is that the tattoo they got when they were teenagers doesn’t fit their adult lifestyle. Whatever the tattoo represents, it’s probably something they’ve hold precious back in their youth but that has no value for them right now and can cause problems in their relationships, jobs and overall life.
Tattoos hold a different meaning for everyone and even if something has one meaning, when 100 people get the same tattoo the meaning is lost and they’re just following trend. Moreover, many people believe that having a tattoo on a body part that’s visible can hurt their job hunting prospects and it seems that they’re right.
Harris Poll researchers discovered that older people aren’t as tolerant to visible tattoos as they climb up the business ladder. The middle aged people tolerate athletes having tattoos all over their body but when they see tattoos on their doctor, presidential candidate or teacher they’re shocked.
A tattoo is a permanent decision, one that you’ll have to live with for the rest of your life so that’s why many people who’ve made such a life-changing decision in their youth regret it.
Not all tattoos can be removed
The laser technology has its limits as well, and the lasers used today aren’t capable of erasing all the colors. Also, people with a darker skin color are less successful in removing the tattoos and more commonly need more sessions to remove the tattoo without causing damage to the skin.
What the laser does is shatters the pigment particles underneath your skin and this consequently increases the risk of scarring and infections. And if the tattoo is larger the risk is that much bigger and you’ll probably need to go to multiple laser removal sessions which can drag on for a year or two,
Laser removal of tattoos carries along a certain risk of unwanted side effects like ink darkening, blistering and scarring. As with everything else, the laser technology is rapidly progressing and maybe in the near future we’ll have more powerful lasers with higher success rates and without the side-effects they have today, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Whatever the case, before you get a tattoo do your research, get informed about all the potential risks, health concerns and social implications and don’t make a rash decision you’ll regret for the rest of your life.
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