Tattoos breach the skin, which means that skin infections and other complications are possible, including: Allergic reactions.
Tattoodyes, especially red, green, yellow and blue dyes — can cause allergic skin reactions, such as an itchy rash at the tattoo site.
You’re most vulnerable to a skin infection from a tattoo within the first two weeks. Symptoms include redness, itchiness, and discharge. The area may also become swollen.
Another risk of getting a tattoo is that it can hide possible signs of skin cancer or another skin condition. These include the telling moles, red patches, and other signs that might be associated with a skin issue that could go undetected.
Tattoos remain popular and people get them for a multitude of reasons. But before you finally make the decision to "ink" your skin it’s worth understanding all the potential risks.
Cape Town dermatologist Dr Ian Webster previously said that you should only go to a professional tattoo artist.
Severe complications can arise if the instruments are poorly sterilised or not used correctly. And always check that the tattoo parlour is hygienic and clean.
When you receive a tattoo, a tattoo artist uses a handheld machine with an attached needle to puncture the skin.
Every time this device makes a hole, it injects ink into the dermis — the second layer of skin below the epidermis.
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