Tattoos: the good, the bad, and the uneven

Researchers estimate that 4 in 10 young people between the ages of 18 and 29 have at least one tattoo. As this art became very common, scientists became interested in its effects on health. After all, despite the fact that body art looks cool, it can pose some risks..

Tattoos - good - bad and uneven - facts & photos

Tattoos – good – bad and uneven – facts & photos

Tattoos: the good, the bad, and the uneven are all the fun

Some people do not react well to ink, others may have problems with medical tests. And some do not even think about choosing a design, and then they want to get rid of the tattoo, and this is extremely painful and takes a long time. But not all drawings on the body are harmful. In people who heal quickly, getting a tattoo can even activate the immune system to fight germs. The only problem is that until you get a tattoo, you don’t know about the body’s reaction..

Skin contact

During the tattoo application, the needle injects ink into the skin. If the master does everything right, the ink gets into the dermis, which is located under the outer layer of the epidermis. The cells of the dermis are not renewed, so this thick layer of skin is ideal for permanent imaging. But there are also many nerve endings that make the procedure somewhat painful..

Ink problems

Tattoo ink can be organic or inorganic. The latter are made from minerals, salts or oxides of natural metals. This ink is available in black, red, yellow, white, and blue. Organic paints contain many carbon and hydrogen atoms. They have a wider range of colors..

The pigments that give ink the desired color were originally created for printing and automobiles, but not for humans. And currently no ink has been approved for use on human skin. But this may change, because now they are actively studying their impact on health..

This is because more and more people are reporting harmful reactions. Some tattoos cause an itchy allergy to ink components such as chrome or cobalt. Sometimes the skin can become uneven and even scaly due to inflammation. There is swelling, redness and pain. Moreover, it may indicate an infection..

Metallic ink tattoos can even interfere with an MRI. The magnet in the machine can heat the metal in the paint, causing burns. You should not avoid the procedure, but the doctor needs to know about all the tattoos..

Boosting the immune system

But the good news is, most people don’t have any problems with tattoos. Body art can even be beneficial. The process of injecting ink turns on the immune system and makes people healthier. Do tattoos help fight infections? Researchers don’t know this yet. But some people with a lot of tattoos claim that they are resistant to colds and their minor injuries heal quickly. However, such information cannot yet be called reliable..

Not so permanent art.

Previously, tattoos remained for life, because their removal required extremely painful methods. For example, wiping off the outer layers of the skin with salt or a brush has been used. Now the dermatologist only needs a laser for this. And in the last 30 years, this procedure has become very popular..

This is good news for people with mood swings and those looking to get rid of their ex-boyfriend or girlfriend’s name. For removal, the doctor directs very short bursts (one nanosecond) of laser energy onto the image. Thus, ink particles are broken; but there is also harm to nearby cells, albeit minimal.

Different wavelengths handle different colors. Short waves are suitable for red, orange and brown pigments. Long ones are for greens, blues and purples. Any wavelength will work to remove black pigment. Complete tattoo removal will take time – from 4 to 8 sessions. And this pleasure is not cheap.

A selection of interesting tattoos from 04/03/2019 (502 photos):

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Prepared by: olgag-etxt (Olga / English teacher, psychologist /)