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Doctor insights on: Are Tattoos Bad For Your Health

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Hi docs, can you tell me if having too many tattoos is bad for your health?

Hi docs, can you tell me if having too many tattoos is bad for your health?

Possibly: The tattoo ihk is constantly being eaten by your immune cells and going to the lymph nodes. Over the years we have not seen an increase in cancer with tattoos however there may ne a new association to skin cancers and the yellow ink Its still early but mybe real. Red ink can cause allergic reactions a well. The more ink you have the more in the nodes. We do not know if its harmful 2 b full body ...Read more

Tattoos (Definition)

Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more


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Is having henna tattoo every month bad for our health? Especially for the skin? I have no skin allergies.

Is having henna tattoo every month bad for our health? Especially for the skin? I have no skin allergies.

Possible: Repeated applications may sensitize you to henna causing a contact dermatitis. However this is not a certainty and will not adversely impact your health unless you apply henna over 50% of the skin surface and then have a contact allergic reaction to it. ...Read more

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Can laser tattoo removal cause health problem?

Can laser tattoo removal cause health problem?

Not Likely: If you have the tattoo treated with an appropriate laser, usually a Q-switch (fast pulse) the effects should be limited to disruption of the tattoo pigment in the skin. I have seen tattoos treated with an inappropriate laser that lead to burns, scarring, but no other type of health issues. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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What health problems are caused by laser tattoo removal?

What health problems are caused by laser tattoo removal?

None as noted: Laser tattoo removal allows for the macrophages to remove your ink bringing it to the nodes. There does not seem to be any ill effects. There are immediate risks and most of which are operator dependent scar formation , blistering, infection from poor after care and some others not related to the persons allergic reaction to ink, swelling, itch, pigment loos ( the skin looses pigment) ...Read more

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Would it negatively affect my health or its effectiveness if I were to be tattooed over the nexplanon implant?

Would it negatively affect my health or its effectiveness if I were to be tattooed over the nexplanon implant?

It's your choice: It won't interfere with the medicine. I'm a tattoo buff and have three. But you need to be VERY sure it's what you want. Wait several years after you get the original idea and if it is EXACTLY what you want, go for it. It hurts. But mine are so meaningful I would not trade the pain for any pleasure I can imagine. Follow your dream, think for a LONG time, and then make the right choice. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about any health implications from laser tattoo removal? Or is it an unnecessary concern?

Should I be concerned about any health implications from laser tattoo removal? Or is it an unnecessary concern?

So far no problems: Aside from instant problems like burns from inappropriate laser use there seems to be no adverse health issues to laser tattoo removal. The ink in taken up by your lympahtics which is where it would go already but much more slowly. Thre is no study that shows any acute health issues ...Read more

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How is a tattoo removed? What is the cost in money and health of getting one removed?

Tattoo Removal: Tattoo ink is placed beneath the top layer of skin. That makes tattoo removal more complicated and expensive than the original tattoo application. Scarring is likely after most types of tattoo removal. Infection or skin discoloration is possible as well. You can due laser surgery, dermabrasion, or surgical removal. ...Read more

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Even with modern laser removal, does tattoo ink ever leave the body? Could accumulation in lymph nodes cause health issues?

Yes and maybe: Ist question The tattoo ink is vaporized and most the ink is gone. There may be some residual and some ink is very hard to remove. If the pt has had poorly done inking and a lot of tattoo in may get in the lymph nodes. I am not aware of significant disease in this regard. See your dermatologist or plastic surgeon for adequate treatment. ...Read more

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In laser tattoo removal, what happens to the ink your body can't remove? Does it stay in your lymph nodes, kidneys, etc. Can it cause health problems?

In laser tattoo removal, what happens to the ink your body can't remove? Does it stay in your lymph nodes, kidneys, etc. Can it cause health problems?

Immune system: The laser breakes up the ink small particles the immune cells take it to the lymphatics where it gets expelled. It is uncertain how long it remoins in the nodes. Persons with tattoos have flecks in the nodes for life with no seemingly adverse outcomes. Laser tattoo removal does not seem to cause medical illness at least in the past decade that it has become popular. Just go to a medical doctor ...Read more

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Are tattoos bad for you in anyway?

Not regulated by FDA: The pigments / inks used in tattoos are not regulated by the us food and drug administration, which makes me a bit wary, especially when you consider that, over time, some of those substances will become absorbed through the skin into your system. So i would be concerned about the potential toxicity of the substances used to create the tattoos. ...Read more

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I'm on xarelto and I'd like to get my eyebrows tattooed. Is this à bad idea?

No.: Can't comment on the wisdom of tattooing, but from a medical standpoint this should not be a problem. ...Read more

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Is it a bad idea to give yourself a tattoo?

Tattoo: Unless u r a tattooist and really good at it and can tolerate pain, then self-inflicted injury is not normal and can create problems like infection, bleeding and pain. ...Read more

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I got a tattoo 3 weeks ago it seems all smooth and healed but itching really bad what can I do?

I got a tattoo 3 weeks ago it seems all smooth and healed but itching really bad what can I do?

TATTOO ITCH: It's possible that you may be allergic to the various pigments in the tattoo. This may disappear shortly, but if it persists, check with the tattooist and find out where the tattoos itch and which pigments were applied there. Red tattoos are often the major cause of itching. Occasionally sun exposure can be responsible. But do check with your tattoo artist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is it bad to get a tattoo while taking diet pills?

Can you tell me is it bad to get a tattoo while taking diet pills?

I know of no: Contraindication between tattoos and diet pills. However, as a physician, i must tell you that both come with health risks. ...Read more

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Would getting an inner finger tattoo be a bad idea?

Would getting an inner finger tattoo be a bad idea?

Yes: Recently a lot of establishments military, hospitals, nurses to name a few are making it harder to get a job with any tattoos on the hands and fingers ...Read more

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Is it a good or bad idea to get a tattoo on my genitals?

Bad: It's a bad idea. Tattoos can be diffcult to remove, even with laser. In addition, a tattoo can mask a cancerous lesion and make thier identification difficult. ...Read more