Top
10
Doctor insights on: Health Risk Of Tattoos

Share

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


2

2
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

5

5
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

6

6
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

7

7
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

8

8
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

See 1 more doctor answer
9

9
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

See 1 more doctor answer
10

10
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