Things to Know Before Getting a Tattoo

While getting a tattoo can be a memorable and exciting event for many, for others the memory can be negative and painful. Before jumping the gun and getting ahead of yourself, it’s important to understand the implications of getting a tattoo and the consequences in the long run. Here’s some more information:


If you have sensitive skin, or you’re prone to allergies, tattoos are not for you. You may also not realize right away that you can have an allergic reaction to a tattoo unless you’re in the middle of getting one. The safest way to avoid any serious allergic reactions is to stay away from ink. Tattoos are likely to cause rashes while the ink enters the body.

Common symptoms of allergic reactions to tattoos include skin redness, skin bumps, skin appearing scaly, skin flaking, inflammation, and purple-red nodules that may appear by the area surrounding the tattoo.

Blood Donation

If you’re big on saving lives by donating blood, getting a tattoo completely takes those chances away. Tattoos will deprive you of any ability to donate blood for up to one year following the procedure. Patients out there need blood every year, and every time you donate blood, it counts.

It is important that within the same year of getting your tattoo, that you refrain from donating blood at any event. Although it can be tempting, extracting blood from the body while you’ve recently attained a tattoo can harm a life, or cause complications for the individual receiving the donation.

Skin Infections

Woman getting a tattoo

This is perhaps one of the biggest challenges for those who decide to get a tattoo. Tattoo printing involves the insertion of pigments into your skin through needles. These needles will penetrate the skin to deposit the pigments, and if those needles are contaminated, they will transfer the infection directly unto your skin

An example of such infections is Hepatitis. When getting a tattoo, if the relevant equipment is not properly cleaned, it can result in hepatitis or other blood-borne diseases such as tetanus. No matter how good your tattoo designer is, make sure the equipment has been thoroughly sterilized to avoid potential infections.


If you’ve decided to give your tattoo a green light, you need to have the proper instructions to take care of it. This will ensure maximal results and your tattoo will appear exactly the way it’s supposed to. Your tattoo artist should be able to provide you with specific guidelines in order to secure the safety and efficient healing of your new tattoo.

Good care of your tattoo may include staying away from sun exposure, avoiding the body’s of water, like the pool or ocean, and applying the proper aftercare creams. It is also important to avoid swimming, or any strenuous activities until your tattoo is completely healed. It is crucial that you monitor the progress of your tattoo and make sure there are no allergic reactions or infections.

If you’ve gotten a tattoo in the past and you are unhappy with the results or simply wish to remove it, Elias Dermatology can help. With expertise in tattoo removal, you now have the chance to get rid of your unwanted tattoo, quickly and efficiently. Schedule an appointment and get started today.

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