Showing posts with label Tattoo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tattoo. Show all posts

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Tattoos have become increasingly popular over the last decade, as more and more people choose to have important symbols or meaningful images or words tattooed on them, but do they increase the risk of health problems, including cancer?

Tattoos and skin cancer

The case for

Tattoos have been linked to an increased risk of infection as a result of breaking the skin, but some health experts believe that they also increase the risk of skin cancer. Dr DJS Tula, a consultant cosmetic surgeon at the BLK Hospital in Delhi, India, said that tattoos can increase the risk of blood-borne infections, including hepatitis B and C and HIV, as well as types of skin cancer including squamous cell, melanoma and carcinoma. Dr Tula added that having a tattoo does not mean that you are going to get skin cancer, but the risk is elevated because of the ink used to create the design.

Dr Tula also added that tattoos should never been done close to moles because they make it difficult for people to spot changes in the appearance of the mole, which are a common symptom of skin cancer.

Studies published in the USA have also prompted an investigation into the chemical make-up of tattoo ink by the US Food and Drug Administration. Studies showed that some of the chemicals, including black ink benzo(a)pyrene, have been found to cause skin cancer during animal testing.

The case against

In contrast, Dr Ariel Ostad, a dermatologist and surgeon from New York, said that skin experts have been researching the impact of tattoos on the skin for several years and there is no evidence to suggest that tattoos increase the risk of skin cancer. Research involving people who have the condition has not uncovered greater prevalence of skin cancer among people with tattoos and there is also no evidence to suggest that having a tattoo after receiving treatment for skin cancer increase the risk of relapse.

Dr Ostad did support Dr Tula's comments about avoiding tattoos close to moles, stating that tattoos can mask the visible changes in the skin, which may prevent skin cancer from being diagnosed early. Early diagnosis increases survival rates significantly. Dr Ostad's advice was to leave a suitable gap around any moles to ensure that any changes are clearly visible and can be identified without any trouble.

Risk factors for skin cancer

The most important risk factor for skin cancer is sun exposure. Research also suggests that people who have fair skin have a higher risk. If you are going outside, apply sun cream (if you have fair skin that burns easily use a high factor), wear a sun hat and avoid the hottest part of the day (between 11am and 3pm). Avoid using sun beds and tanning lamps, as these use powerful UV rays and increase your risk. If you want a healthy golden glow, use self-tanning products.

Caring for tattooed skin

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, newly tattooed skin is very sensitive and you should take extra care when bathing and going out in the sun. It is also important to keep an eye on your skin and to seek medical help if you notice irritation and rashes around the tattoo. The AAD also recommended avoiding moles when choosing a location for the new tattoo and seeing a dermatologist if you notice any changes in the skin around the tattoo.

The relationship between tattoos and skin cancer is unclear. Some experts believe that tattoo ink can increase one’s risk of the condition but then others say that there is no link Further research in this area is being carried out and new evidence may become available in the coming months or years to either refute or support the claim that tattoos increase the risk of cancer.

By Richard Keane

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tattoos are extremely popular these days. People are getting new tattoos all the time. But it can also mean more health issues and concerns if the tattoo artist fails to follow proper safety techniques. Not only do people need to learn the healthiest treatment for new tattoos, but so do tattoo artists. The tattoo artists need to make sure they engage in safe and proper techniques to prevent contamination and diseases.

Here are 4 Health and Wellness Tips for Tattoo Artists that provide safe and natural methods that can be used effectively and speed up the healing process.

Tattoo equipment
After you've opened your tattoo business and have everything in place, one of the most important things to remember and to do is to clean your tattoo machines thoroughly. To prevent contamination and diseases, tattoo equipment must be kept clean to prevent contamination and the spread of diseases. Infected machines or needles can cause serious, and even deadly, diseases such as Hepatitis.

Never reuse needles. It doesn't matter if you use an autoclave. The autoclave may not completely clean the needle each time, and you can never be certain that it will. It is illegal to reuse needles in most states across the country as this is the main way diseases and contamination is spread. Don't put the public, your customers or your business at risk by engaging in sloppy unclean tactics. When you throw away needles throw them away in a large container.

Use gloves when throwing away the needles. Disassemble the tube, tip and grip from the tattoo machine. Wash the tips and grips with warm water and soap. Separate the sterilizer bags, using one for needles and the other for the tubs and tips. Put one autoclave tray in one bag. Put the sterilizer bag on a tray and turn on the autoclave. The autoclave will then sterilize the tips and grips.

Biohazard materials
Because of all the waste products, including needles and tubes, tattoo artists are exposed to biohazardous materials often. Paper towels, ink, blood, water, and even the equipment itself is all considered biohazardous waste. Be sure to place all items in marked containers for proper disposal. Be sure never to lay these items down where somebody, including you, might be exposed to it or stuck with a needle.
Be sure to thoroughly clean tubes, tattoo equipment, and other materials used each day. Don't reuse needles; properly throw them away in specialized containers. Since these items are all biohazardous materials or waste, you will need to properly dispose of them. Find out where biohazardous waste is to be deposited in your city.

Keep everything secure
Don't let children linger around in your shop. Children should not be allowed in a tattoo shop since these materials can be easily found and obtained. Make sure containers with disposed items are securely closed and/or locked at all times.

One of the most common risks to tattoo artist is the transmission of various blood diseases such as HIV, AIDS, and Hepatitis. All three of these diseases can be fatal so you want to make sure to avoid contact with your customer's blood. That means you need to wear gloves at all times, and other coverings to protect your body from exposure of blood spattering. Be careful using needles and dispose of needles and other items that might contain blood on them.

Erika Cox has written several career-related articles for various websites for more than seven years. She has worked as an Administrative Assistant for more than 15 years. She loves to travel and write. For more information concerning safety issues for tattoo artists, read Tattools website for reference.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

If you are considering getting your very first tattoo and are a bit hesitant or are full of anticipation, rests assure it is a common feeling that most all people go through their first time. Not knowing what is going to happen can often hold us back from getting the tattoo. This 5 step guide below should help you turn your anticipation into excitement.

1. Plan your design

Do not panic if you are not an artist. You will find many tattoo artists that can help you plan a terrific design that will work for your skin. You can also search on the Internet or through magazines for images and photos for reference, like at for instance. Decide what you like and dislike on each photo. You can sketch out your design or have it sketched out based on your selections.

2. Research Your Artist

Ask friends and family who have already gotten their first tattoo to recommend a place for you to go. You can also check with the BBB to see the establishment's record, see if there are any complaints and things like that. Make sure they are licensed for your state when you call for an appointment. Take a look around when you do arrive for your appointment. Check to see how clean the facility is and if the artist is well groomed and clean. What is their experience? Check out some work examples. Keep in mind this tattoo will be on your skin for life, so make sure you really check them out well. Experienced artists with immaculate facilities are the way to go.

3. Prep Yourself

Moisturize your skin thoroughly during the week before your appointment. The healthier your skin is prior to your appointment, the better and easier it will go. Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated since hydrated skin is better to work with too. Refrain from drinking any alcohol 24 hours prior to your appointment. Alcohol thins the blood and can cause bleeding.

4. Arrive to Appointment Early

Arrive a few minutes earlier than your schedule appointment when it is your first tattoo. This way, you can go to the restroom, fill out any necessary paperwork like a release form and have your questions answered before it is time to get inked. Do not be hesitant about asking any questions and let the artist know of any concerns like if there will be pain, what tattoo machines they use or other concerns.

5. After Care

Once your tattoo is finished, the artist will likely wash it down with an antibacterial soap and add some Vaseline on it. They will then cover it with a sterile dressing which absorbs drainage. This drainage is normal. It is your body's way of sending off white blood cells that will ward off infection. Be sure to follow your tattoo artist's recommendations for after care properly.

Author Bio:
The author of this post, Maria is a professional writer. She excels in writing articles related to fashion and beauty. If you are interested to have a tattoo and looking for tattoo machines,I think you don't need to go anywhere. Stop by and find your tattoo kits and ink here.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Tattoos are quite popular with people of all ages. From small designs to those that take up large parts of the body, they are an expression of your personality. Some choose to have them for memorial reasons or to honor someone special in their life. Others choose them due to their love of art. Whatever the reason, there are some associated risks with having a tattoo placed on your body. It is important that you are aware of the risks you could face and how you can avoid them if possible. From choosing your tattoo shop to the tattoo location, these tips can help you to be informed of the risks and avoid being a victim yourself.

Tattoo Parlor Choice

You want to make sure that you are familiar with your tattoo parlor. You want to ask questions about their processes, sterilization procedures and for any licenses that need to be had by parlors in your area. You run the risk of infection if you do not know where you are getting your tattoo. Make sure the place is clean and is a reputable tattoo parlor.


If you have chosen your parlor well, you reduce the risk of infection but there's still a risk. This comes after the tattoo is actually placed on your body. You must take care of the area well and clean it properly. Ask questions of the tattoo shop and find out what precautions you should take. You can also get an infection because of unclean needles in the store. This is why you must know your tattoo artist and location.

Excessive Bleeding

Getting a tattoo is basically little needles poking holes into your skin to apply the ink. There will be bleeding when this happens. There is a risk of excessive bleeding when you have a tattoo applied. If you have a condition where bleeding is a problem you need to tell your artist this. There are also medicines that you may be on that could cause problems with bleeding as well. Be sure you address these concerns with your tattoo artist to insure precautions are taken.

Transmitted Disease

This is another reason you want to know who is doing your tattoo. When you go to a seedy shop to have one done you risk getting a transmitted disease from the tools used on your body. You want to know that the store is clean and has sterilization processes to keep this from happening. When needles are not cleaned or changed from person to person you run a high risk of getting a communicable disease that way. Be sure you ask questions and use a reputable parlor for all your tattoos.

Whether you have kits de tatuaje or you have a parlor do all the work, being safe while getting your tattoo is important. From start to finish do not be afraid to ask questions. Be sure you know who your artist is and that the parlor has all the proper licenses to do what they are doing. You can never be too safe when it comes to protecting yourself from disease and infection!

Author Bio:
The author of this post is a freelance writer and blogger. He writes on a number of subjects. These include Fashion, style, lifestyle and travel. If you are interested have a tattoo and looking for the tattoo shop, I think you don't need to go anywhere. Don't forget to stop by Kits de tatuaje for the tattoo kit.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

It was an epic romance of pop culture legend. She threw a bottle at his head across a crowded MTV stage, and dates were Jean Paul Gaultier fashion shows; love songs about Teenage Dreams sold millions, film premieres in complementary colour palettes were schmoozed at, and inevitably the ultimate public declaration of them all followed: Russell Brand and Katy Perry got matching tattoos.

But then the fairy tale exploded like a Firework in one of the pop star's songs, and the Sanskrit inking on their respective upper arms outlasted the marriage vows. With the divorce finalised this week- Perry signed off on the papers with a smiley face, truly happy, it seems, to wave the funnyman goodbye- the question on everybody's lips is: will those tats be wiped from record too, just like their doomed relationship?

It's a common dilemma. So common, in fact, that the tattoo removal is tipped as becoming the next billion dollar industry- ink lovers are flocking in droves to remove cheating boyfriend's names that were endured in happier, more idealistic, times, and ex-wives initials are being stripped from arms and torsos. Tattoos, like marriages, are becoming increasingly temporary.

So how is it done?

Well, with relative ease. Laser removal sees a qualified technician using a handheld device to apply powerful pulses of energy to your unwanted design. The heat penetrates through the top layer of your skin, shattering the tattoo ink into tiny fragments- an apt metaphor for that broken heart. Your body's immune system then absorbs these fragmented pigments until the tattoo disappears- a sort of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless (Tattoo-free) Body.

Sometimes it takes more than one session to achieve best results- but it's an outpatient procedure, and risks are minimal, especially compared to other traditional methods such as dermabrasion or painful excision.

An experienced and qualified professional should be more than willing to discuss your concerns during the consultation process. Be smart: your questions need to include queries on the risks, including of infection- a good technician will always provide staunch post-treatment instructions for aftercare to minimise discomfort. Some patients can experience a little temporary swelling, bruising, or superficial flaking- the sort of thing you'll be familiar with if you've ever suffered from too much sun on holiday- but customer satisfaction is usually high.

As Brand and Perry's marriage demonstrates, success can never be guaranteed. Whether that's in films, pop songs, or with love tattoos, the only thing that can be certain is this: nothing, thankfully, has to be forever.

(Dr Patrick Bowler, co-founder of the British Association of Cosmetic Doctors and has featured on TV programs such as 10 Years Younger. His company is Court House Clinics)

By Bassmah Hassay