Do tattoos have psychological effects?

One of the biggest complications of getting a tattoo is regret.  That feeling can affect you psychologically.  Make sure you are absolutely sure you want to get the tattoo and realize that it will be a permanent part of you.

What about branding?

Branding is a process of burning the skin to cause a scar.  The risks include infection if not properly cared for, and keloid formation.

Can you keloid from tattoos?

Yes, you can keloid from tattoos. Any trauma to the skin can cause a keloid.

Dr. Karen, what is the risk of getting a tattoo on your face?

The same risks apply for tattoos on any part of the body which includes allergic reactions, infections, scars and immune reactions.

Do tattoos affect the brain cells?

It has been reported that some nanoparticles may cause toxic effects in the brain and nerve damage. Nanoparticles have been found in tattoo ink. Further research is needed.

Does the amount of tattoos play a role in the infections or interference with an MRI so if you only have 1 tattoo, how likely is your risk versus 8 tattoos?

 It’s the content in the ink, not the number of tattoos. Check with your tattoo artist on the exact ingredients of the ink used in all of your tattoos.  he heavy metals in the tattoo ink cause the problems with the MRI.

Does laser removal leave a permanent scar?

The risks associated with laser removal of a tattoo are rare but include infection, lack of complete pigment removal and permanent scarring and skin discoloration.

Do body piercings, such as daith piercings, have the same level of risks as tattoos?

The main risks of piercing the cartilage are infections and possible contact allergy to the metal.

Are henna tattoos more harmful than real ones?

Temporary tattoos are not risk-free. There is a risk of allergic reactions that may be severe and long outlast the temporary tattoos themselves.

If tattooing involves ink, what does lasering off a tattoo involve? Is there more ink involved and what are the risks of the laser?

Tattoo removal is done with a laser which releases a pulse of energy to the tattoo to heat and shatter the ink. The risks associated with laser removal of a tattoo include infection, lack of complete removal, permanent scarring and skin discoloration.

I’m a dark-skinned brother and I’m considering getting a tattoo; however color is an issue for me. Are there shades of the color that can be used for darker skin?

Of course, there are colors for you!  Find a tattoo artist who has experience tattooing people with your skin tone.  They will be able to show you examples of their work and help you achieve the tattoo you desire.

I have a tattoo on my back, that just itches so bad that I literally have to scratch so much it leaves scabs …what is up with that?

One of the risks of getting a tattoo is having an allergic reaction to the ink. That may be what you are experiencing. I suggest you see a dermatologist; they will be able to help you.

What are the effects of a tattoo and lupus?

There is no specific problem that has been associated with tattoos in people with lupus.  It is recommended that you consult with your doctor before having the procedure

 Can you give blood when you have tattoos?

You must wait 12 months after getting a tattoo if the tattoo was applied in a state that does not regulate tattoo facilities. This requirement is related to concerns about hepatitis and other blood-borne diseases.  A tattoo is acceptable if the tattoo was applied by a state-regulated entity following state guidelines. You can check with your local government to review the state tattoo guidelines.

What if you get a tattoo to cover a burn scar will that how will that affect your body?

If you get a tattoo to cover a burn scar, your risks are the same which include, allergic reactions, scars, blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis, skin infection, and MRI complications.

Do you recommend getting a tattoo if one has an autoimmune disease?

There is no specific problem that has been associated with tattoos in people with lupus. It is recommended that you consult with your doctor before having the procedure.

Is there any more risk depending on what area of the body you get the tattoo?

The risks are same for all skin tattoos.

Karen A. Heidelberg, M.D. is a board-certified Dermatologist. She received her medical degree from the Howard University College of Medicine, and completed her internship in internal medicine at George Washington University Hospital. And while completing her Dermatology residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, she received recognition for excellence in patient care.

It was a professional goal, once she completed her training, to return to the city where she was born and raised to practice alongside her father, Dr. Robert P. Heidelberg. She realized that goal in 1997, and is now the president of Heidelberg Dermatology.

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