Tattoos are BAD do not get them!

By: Savannah Loupe & Ziulin Mezano

The Process of Tattooing.

1.The tattoo artist will first wash his or her hands with a germicidal soap.

2.The to-be-tattooed area on your body will be shaved, if necessary. The artist will draw or stencil the design.

3.The tattoo artist will put on clean, fresh gloves (and possibly a surgical mask).

4.The area will be cleaned and disinfected. A thin layer of petroleum jelly will be applied.

5.The tattoo artist will explain the sterilization procedure to you and open up the single-use, sterilized equipment (such as needles, etc.).

6.Using the tattoo machine (with a sterile, single-use needles attached), the tattoo artist will begin drawing an outline of the tattoo under your skin.

7.Sterile, thicker needles will be installed on the tattoo machine, and the tattoo artist will start shading the design. After cleaning the area again, color will be injected. A new bottle of ink should be opened for each individual.

8.Any blood will be removed by a sterile, disposable cloth or towel.

9.When finished, the area, now sporting a finished tattoo, will be cleaned once again and a bandage will be applied.

Doesn't this sound like a painful process?

Effects on the skin layers.

When the ink is first injected into the skin it spreads from the puncture site to both the epidermis and the dermis. The upper layer of skin, the epidermis, contains keratin-producing cells, cells are important for immune responses, and cells producing pigment. It's the epidermis that's regularly sloughed off and replenishes. And as your tattoo heals the immune cells engulf the ink and epidermal cells flake off, carrying ink away. The dermis is the skin layer beneath the epidermis where you find collagen and elastin-producing cells, hair follicles, oil glands, and yes, pain and touch receptors. The dermis also contains cells involved in immune responses and that recognize the tattoo ink as foreign. However, the dermis doesn't turn over its cells the way the epidermis does. Tattoo ink is trapped in the dermis in a meshwork of fibroblast cells and collagen that form granulation tissue.If a tattoo is done properly, tattoo ink won't reach the bottom layer, the hypodermis, which provides a layer of fatty tissue and more support for the dermis and epidermis. As you get much older, the tattoo pigment may migrate deeper into the dermis. But for the most part, it remains at the upper portion of the dermis, closer to the epidermis.

Health Risk.

Getting a tattoo involves needles and blood, this includes many health risk. Some transmitted dieseases would be: hepatitis, tuberculosis, syphilis and possibly HIV. Infections can occur too like allergic reactions. People can also have complication when getting an MRI. Getting a tattoo is not worth all the risk that come with it!!!!

Future aesthetic consequences.

In the past, tattoo removal required surgery. But today one common method is laser removal. Before you go just anywhere to get your tattoo removed, check with your doctor or contact the American Dermatological Association to find a reputable laser removal specialist in your area.Although, completely removing a tattoo can be difficult depending on how old and big the tattoo is, and the types and colors of inks that were used. Removal of the entire tattoo is not always guaranteed.Depending on factors like the size and design of the tattoo, removal can cost significantly more than the actual tattoo!!