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Doctor insights on: Tattoos

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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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Are tattoos bad for you in anyway?

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

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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How do I tell people that I removed my tattoos?

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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Risks of corneal tattooing?

Risks of corneal tattooing?

Lots: There is risk of infection, scarring, and a reaction to the dye, among others. ...Read more

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What are radiotherapy tattoos?

What are radiotherapy tattoos?

Allows precision: Very small tattoo markings (size of a freckle or head of a pin) are used in radiation therapy to allow the radiation therapist to precisely aim the high-tech equipment at the area needing treatment. These tiny dots are crucial for accurate targeting of the tumor area. A tattoo is better than a magic marker dot because it won't wash off when you take a shower or go swimming. ...Read more

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Can I safely have my lids tattooed with liner?

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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Does tattoo remove hurt?

Laser: Laser tattoo removal, while uncomfortable, is well tolerated by most patients, particularly when a numbing cream is used before hand. Multiple treatments are often needed. ...Read more

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How do you heal a tattoo?

How do you heal a tattoo?

Tattoo wound care: Your tattoo artist may have printed instructions for you. But, keeping the tattoo clean and dry for the first few days is often wise.

Then keeping the area clean as you normalize your activity. Some tattoo artists may recommend cream or gels to cover or protect the work while the skin heals from the trauma of having the tattoo placed on it. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get tattoos?

Is it safe to get tattoos?

Yes: It is safe to get tattoos. You should ensure that the tattoo artist is using sterile technique and the facility is clean & reputable. This means the artist should wear gloves, clean your skin with alcohol, use a sterile new needle, new unused inks, and use sterile technique with sharp items & bleeding, if any. People get into trouble with reused needles & inks causing infections like hepatitis c. ...Read more

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How to care for first tattoo?

Basic wound care: Keep it clean
gentle wash warm water only
no scrubbing
use moisturizer like aquaphor or cetaphil a few times a day
keep it out of hot tube
keep out of the sun
if puss comes out or it gets hot red and painful go to your doctor it could be infected ...Read more

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Can an epilectic get a tattoo?

Probably: As a plastic surgeon, I'm against tattoos in general but if you really must have one, I would make sure that you're antiseizure medication is on board, If anything like skin irritation has ever precipitated the seizure before. It might be sporting to mention your history to the tattoo artist although I doubt anything is likely to happen ...Read more

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Can compound w remove a tattoo?

OH my gosh!!: Please don't do that. See a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Are tattoos safe for your skin?

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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How to hide tattoos whilst swimming?

Location?: I have a few patients who bought a spandex type sleeve and slip it on their arm to avoid sun exposure to their tattoos.
Other than that water proof consealer make up may help
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Tattoos before surgery, is this okay?

Why put yourself: At risk for developing an infection prior to a scheduled surgery? ...Read more

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What are the side effects of tattoos?

Infection potential: Tattoing can lead to infections with organisms like clostridium tetani, streptococcus pyogenes, staphylococcus aureus pseudomonas aeruginosa, haemophilus ducreyi, treponema pallidum & mycobacterium leprae. It can cause illnesses like sepsis, impetigo, tetanus & erysipelas. ...Read more

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How deep do tattoos go into your skin?

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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Is it medically dangerous to get a tattoo?

Is it medically dangerous to get a tattoo?

Depends: Depends on what part of your body is being tattooed, and who's doing the procedure. There is need for clean needles and non-toxic inks, etc. You would need to check the health regulations for your state, and see if the parlor you're considering using, is following them. Otherwise, you're exposing yourself to dangers you can't even guess at. ...Read more

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Who's the best person to remove your tattoo?

Who's the best person to remove your tattoo?

Tattoo removal: A dermatologist with the appropriate laser would be the most appropriate physician to attempt to remove a tattoo. ...Read more

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Can I be allergic to tattoos, how can I know?

You might be: Allergic to pigments used. You would know based on reaction to tattoo. ...Read more

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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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What are the consequences of getting a tattoo?

Regret: Future regret is the number one consequence of getting a tattoo. The cost of removing and the complications associated with removal are another. Contracting an infectious disease such as hepatitis c is a real concern, especially when obtained at an unregulated facility. ...Read more

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What are the laws with tattooing and hepatitis?

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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What health risks are associated with a tattoo?

Tattoo Risks: Some risks associated with tattoos include allergic reactions to dyes, skin infections, development of keloids or granulomas & blood borne diseases such as Hepatitis B or C & tetanus. A rare complication is interactions with magnetic resonance imaging. ...Read more

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What is actually happening when you get a tattoo?

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Tattooing: It involves placing pigment into the dermis layer of the skin, where granulation tissue forms due to activation of immune system in skin, which then converts to connective tissue by collagen growth, hence the tattoo stays visible. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to get a cold after a tattoo?

Unrelated: You cant catch a cold from the tattoo. Now if the artist had a cold and sneezed in your face then you may catch their cold. ...Read more