Safety

Permanent Make-Up & Microblade Pigmentation is Considered Body Art; More Commonly known as Cosmetic Tattooing…

Body Art is the practice of physically enhancing appearance through tattooing and body piercing. Tattooing is any method of placing ink or other pigment into or under the skin’s surface using needles or other instruments that puncture the skin, resulting in permanent coloration of the skin. Body piercing is any method of piercing the skin, except the outer lobe of the ear, in order to place an object including rings, studs, bars, or other forms of jewelry or ornamentation through the skin.

 

What kinds of health problems can be caused by tattooing or body piercing?

It is possible to get diseases from exposure to blood and other bodily-fluids; however the risk is small when the body artist is following established guidelines. Although there have not been any cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) from getting a tattoo or piercing, there still is a risk. There is also a risk of getting Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C when unsterile equipment and techniques are used. Other possible infections include blood poisons, Staphylococcal infections (including MRSA), and other skin diseases.

What are some signs of infection?

Although some swelling is normal, you should talk to your health care provider if you have any of the following symptoms after getting a tattoo or piercing:

· Thick yellow or green discharge coming from the area

· Continued oozing or bleeding from the site

· Red streaks or hot sensation moving away from the area

· Pain that continues to get worse

· Any unusual pain or swelling

· Fever

 

 

Are there other health issues to be aware of with body art?

· You should never cover a mole with a tattoo; it may become cancerous.

· If you tend to form large, bumpy scars it may occur on the tattoo.

· If you are pregnant or have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, talk to your health care provider before getting a tattoo or piercing.

· Inform your health care provider of any tattoo or piercing you have so you can be assessed for any reactions.

· If you have been drinking or using drugs, you should not get a tattoo or piercing. Alcohol and/or certain drugs can cause more bleeding than normal.

· Alcohol and/or certain drugs may cause a person to have poor judgment. A body artist is not allowed to perform procedures on someone that is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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