At the end of the day guys would stick a fork in their head to impress women, and girls will sometimes date world class losers just to upset their parents. I’m not saying not to get a tattoo – I think it looks good on strippers. I guess you should really consider this it’s like getting married, both cause pain and hard to get out of Here are some things you might want to consider before paying for a tattoo…
Who Has Tattoos?
The results suggest that 24 percent of Americans between 18 and 50 are tattooed; that’s almost one in four. Two surveys from 2003 suggested just 15 percent to 16 percent of U.S. adults had a tattoo. This is a trend that is on the rise, but remember so was disco. Trends have a way of changing and what is cool one day is bell bottom pants the next day. If you want one that’s awesome, but if you are just doing one to be cool remember this is a tattoo. You can take change out of no longer trendy clothes without burning your skin with a laser.
What if You Change Your Mind?
The American Academy of Dermatology reports tattoo regret is common in the United States. Among a group of 18- to 50-year-olds surveyed in 2004 17 percent of those considered getting their tattoo removed. Dermatologists typically charge by the square inch for the laser treatment. By the time most people are done they can expects to pay more than $2,200. The treatment usually takes about 10 sessions several weeks apart, each lasting less than a minute.
The least destructive removal process uses a state-of-the-art laser that targets the pigment in the tattoo. It goes through the skin without damaging it and hits the pigment depending on which wavelength and which color you have, and it blows it into small pieces.
The tattoo ink is then reabsorbed into the body through the lymphatic system. The process must be completed over several sessions in order to protect the skin from damage.
Patients with bigger tattoos are sometimes given the option to use a topical anesthetic, but that adds to the cost.
Dr. Scott Karempelis of Atlanta Dermatology says “there’s no guarantee that you won’t have a scar. “Scarring is your major risk. Almost everyone gets a little bit of discoloration, a little lighter, a little darker for a while. But in most cases if you wait a year, you cannot see where it was done initially.”
- Laser surgery. This is the most effective way to reduce the appearance of a tattoo. Pulses of laser light pass through the top layer of skin and the energy of the light is absorbed by the pigment in the tattoo. This process creates a very low grade of inflammation and allows your body to process the small areas of altered pigment. You may require as many as 12 treatments over a year to lighten the tattoo, and the treatment might not completely erase it.
- Dermabrasion. The tattoo area is chilled until numb, and the skin that contains the tattoo is sanded down to deeper levels. This generally isn’t painful, but it may leave a scar.
- Surgical removal. A doctor can surgically cut out the tattoo and stitch the edges back together, but this can leave a scar.
What are the Risks?
There are health risks associated with both the removal and application of tattoos, they are very small and dealing with a professional licensed studio is very safe.
- Blood-borne diseases. If the equipment used to create your tattoo is contaminated with the blood of an infected person, you can contract a number of serious blood-borne diseases. These include hepatitis C, hepatitis B, tetanus, tuberculosis and HIV — the virus that causes AIDS.
- Skin disorders. Your body may form bumps called granulomas around tattoo ink, especially if your tattoo includes red ink. Tattooing can also cause areas of raised, excessive scarring (keloids), if you’re prone to them.
- Skin infections. Tattoos can lead to local bacterial infections. Typical signs and symptoms of an infection include redness, warmth, swelling and a pus-like drainage. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked clusters of potentially serious antibiotic-resistant skin infections to unlicensed tattoo artists who don’t follow proper infection-control procedures. Some antibiotic-resistant skin infections can lead to pneumonia, bloodstream infections and a painful, flesh-destroying condition called necrotizing fasciitis.
- Allergic reactions. Tattoo dyes, particularly red dye, can cause allergic skin reactions, resulting in an itchy rash at the tattoo site. This may occur even years after you get the tattoo.
- MRI complications. Rarely, tattoos or permanent makeup may cause swelling or burning in the affected areas during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams. In some cases — such as when a person with permanent eyeliner has an MRI of the eye — tattoo pigments may interfere with the quality of the image.
- Anesthetic complications. A tattoo on the lower back can make an epidural risky (the painkiller that makes child birth bearable) and if you are a woman who might have kids, you will may have to do it the old fashioned way.
If you don’t speak chinese or some other chicken scratch language, do some research first. That scribble scrabble could turn out to be something you really don’t want to have on your body.
Use a Spell Checker
If you can’t spell bring a friend who can. Like everything else you get what you pay for, ask the person doing the tattoo to spell the words you want permanently etched into your body.
Think Long Term
Remember you are likely to outgrow your tattoo at some point. Nothing screams trailer trash like a grandma with tats – think how this thing is going to look when you shrivel up.
Use Good Judgement
Alcohol and a giggling friend are not really your friends when it comes to selecting a tattoo. Sleep on it, try not to do something that seems too funny.
Avoid the Creepy Factor
Unless you plan on never applying for a job for the rest of your life try to avoid the tattoo that will relegate you to circus freak. Some tattoos are going to limit your available dating pool to a very small sub section of the population. You might need to date, apply for a job, or not scare small children at some point down the road – bear this in mind.
It Will Hurt
Remember if you can’t handle pain, you might not want some anesthetic of one form or another. It does hurt, but if you’re a guy it shouldn’t be a big deal, however the size of the tattoo will play a factor.
It’s really up to the person, personally I see it as littering some decent real estate. They do make a chick look like she’d be more willing to do bad things – so that part is cool.
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