The actual tattooing process requires a tattoo needle injuring the skin to design the art. The tattoo needle inserts a small number of color pigments. You can get a permanent, beautiful skin art if your skin cures correctly.
Safety is the primary aspect of ensuring these micro-injuries to the skin heal properly. You also need to consult with a reputable and safe tattoo artist.
Risks and Side Effects of Tattoos
Most side effects and risks associated with tattoos emerge when your tattoo is not old or the skin is still healing. It requires proper aftercare to prevent complications and side effects from occurring. Some of the noticeable and frequent risks and side effects of tattooing include the following:
- Allergic Reactions
You might develop allergic reactions after a tattoo application, especially if the ink contains plastic instead of the needle. Pigments like blue, green, yellow, and red tend to lead to allergies.
However, medical tattooing for stretch marks uses dry needles and does not contain an allergy risk. Allergic reactions from tattoos can cause rashes, hives, and itchiness. You may also develop swelling.
- Keloid Scarring
Tattoos are prone to leave a scar, especially if they do not heal appropriately or if you develop an allergic reaction or skin infection. It can lead to Keloid scars – raised bumps containing mature scar tissues.
- Skin Infection
Tattooing is a technical process to design the skin art, though it can cause injury to the skin. It comprises the epidermal (upper) and dermal (middle) skin layers. Non-sterile water mixed with tattoo ink may also result in an infection.
Skin infection caused by a tattoo may appear in the first fifteen days. You may develop itchiness, redness, and watery discharge from the tattoo. The skin needs recovery time after getting new ink pigmentation. Tattoo artists guide you on how to prevent skin infections.