Tattoo You: Isn’t Just a Song. It’s a Lifestyle
Tattoo You – No, this post’s title isn’t in reference to The Rolling Stones 1981 hit album of the same name; it’s just a succinct way to let you know what today’s topic is. Actually, what we’d like to talk to you about is how tattoos can impact the health of your skin; perhaps even in some ways you haven’t yet thought of.
Since our primary focus here skin wellness, I’ll concentrate on that area of tattoo correlation. However, your skin’s overall health is always of great importance to us regardless. So before we get more in depth, please note that tattoos can cause allergies, infections and nerve damage. And the metal in some inks might also present an obstacle to having magnet-based medical testing, such as MRI’s, done.*
Anyone who’s spent any time outside his or her home has probably noticed that tattoos are everywhere these days. It’s likely a safe bet to assume that everyone reading these words knows multiple friends, co-workers or family members that have at least one.
To many people, tattoos are a preferred method of showcasing art that’s important to them in one way or another. If that’s you that’s fine, but your health should always be the top priority, and taken heavily into consideration before the first needlepoint hits your skin. The key thing to remember before choosing a location for your artwork is to avoid having it cover any moles or birthmarks. Of course, a good tattoo artist should already know this.
Anyway, Melanomas are much more likely to occur in pre-existing skin blemishes. Covering them up with ink is risky because should a mole change, it’ll become much more difficult to determine-and then monitor if any changes are detected. In fact it’s recommended that your own personal physician examine whatever area of your skin you intend to ink beforehand. Old advice is still the best advice: better safe than sorry.
After a while some people might decide to have a tattoo removed, and that too carries a risk where Melanoma is concerned. These days tattoo removal is mostly done by laser, and not only can that disrupt the normal pigment in your skin, it can also disrupt the abnormal pigment of the Melanoma itself that doctors use to help determine and diagnose any cancer.** WebMD suggests, with good reason, to have any relevant moles biopsied prior to undergoing the removal process.
If there’s anything good you could ever possibly say about skin cancer, is that it’s one of the easiest varieties of the disease to recover from-if it’s caught in time. If it’s not, it is without exaggeration one of the worst illnesses you could possibly imagine. And the tricky thing here is that it’s almost always noticed first visually, so it’s pretty obvious why Melanoma does not mix well with tattoos.
If tattoos are your thing, by all means go ahead and express yourself. We just humbly request that you take a few pre-inking precautions first. That way you can enjoy your new look for many years to come, and with a much greater peace of mind.
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