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When you receive a tattoo, your tattoo artist uses a handheld machine with a single-use needle to puncture the skin.


Every time this device makes a hole, it injects ink into the dermis.


Although we do our very best to ensure that we maintain a clean workspace and aseptic technique, the process may damage the skin and cause complications such as:


  • Allergic reaction to tattoo dyes, which may develop years later; signs of an allergic reaction include a rash at the tattoo site

  • Skin infection, such as a staph infection or tuberculosis

  • Development of nodules of inflamed tissue called granulomas around the tattoo site

  • Formation of keloids, which are overgrowths of scar tissue

  • Blood-borne diseases, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV, and tetanus; these can be contracted by using contaminated tattoo needles that haven’t been sanitized

  • Interference with future magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests

  • Burning or swelling at the tattoo site



Your risk of complications is higher if you have other medical conditions like:

  • Diabetes

  • Allergies, especially if you've ever had a reaction that caused breaking out in red bumps, swelling of the throat, or difficulty breathing

  • Skin disorders, such as eczema or psoriasis

  • Immune Disorders or a weak immune system



If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to double check with your primary physician before getting a tattoo.

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