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Tattoos (Overview)

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 the tattoo needle causes.


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Can I safely have my lids tattooed with liner?

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Can I safely have my lids tattooed with liner?

Tattoos: The United States food and drug administration (fda) does not regulate tattoos leaving the burden of tattoo safety and regulations up to individual cities and states. Some of the risks that come with getting a tattoo are infection at the site of the tattoo, allergic reaction to the tattoo dye, the spread of disease such as HIV and hepatitis c, granulomas and keloid formation. Do not get tattoos. ...Read more

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Tattoos (Overview)

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 the tattoo needle causes.


Dr. Martha Stark
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Are tattoos bad for you in anyway?

Dr. Martha Stark
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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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Dr. Karen Han
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Are tattoos and permanent make-up safe to use?

Dr. Karen Han
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Are tattoos and permanent make-up safe to use?

Yes, but...: Tattoos are generally safe, but some people are allergic to the elements that are in the tattoo dyes. Unfortunately, when that happens, other than injecting steroids in the affected areas, and ultimate tattoo removal, the inflammation will be chronic. Another problem is that over time, the tattoo dye migrate, so the lines becomes fuzzier. This can be problematic with tattoo brows and eyeliner... ...Read more

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Dr. Morris Westfried
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How do I tell people that I removed my tattoos?

Dr. Morris Westfried
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Why tell?: If they were removed and not noticeable it is your choice. If they are in process of being removed tell them that they no longer fit with who you are and prefer to not have the tattoos anymore. This is long process of 12 or more months. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Are tattoos safe for your skin?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Are tattoos safe for your skin?

Basically yes: Be sure the operator uses scientific, clean technique that won't result in infection. A few folks are allergic, usually to the red dye which may contain nickel. A few diseases, famously sarcoidosis, recur locally in tattoos. Especially, don't get a tattoo unless you REALLY want it and have wanted it for a long time exactly as you plan to get it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Tomeo
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How deep do tattoos go into your skin?

Dr. Michael Tomeo
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How deep do tattoos go into your skin?

Millimeters : The pigment in the skin goes into the upper dermis , usually @ 3-5mm. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Welsh
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How do tattoos reflect a teens mental development?

Dr. Michael Welsh
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No Correlation: Tattoos have no correlation on the mental development of a teenager. ...Read more

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Dr. Glynis Ablon
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Once in a great while my old tattoos will begin to itch and swell. What could be the cause of this?

Dr. Glynis Ablon
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Once in a great while my old tattoos will begin to itch and swell. What could be the cause of this?

That sounds like an: infection, make an appointment to see dermatologist for culture and treatment ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Herbich
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Could skin graphing be used to cover up tattoos?

Dr. Gregory Herbich
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Could skin graphing be used to cover up tattoos?

Yes but . : Laser is a much preferred method to remove tattoos because skin grafts often look unnatural. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Resnik
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What are the laws with tattooing and hepatitis?

Dr. Barry Resnik
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Tattoos and disease: I am not sure what you are asking here. Laws or statutes regulating tattooing differ by state. Whoever does your tattoo should use scrupulous cleaning technique to prevent spread of blood-borne diseases from person to person. If a shop is messy, it is a pretty good indication of cleaning techniques. Common sense will keep you safe. ...Read more

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