Health Risks of Tattoos

Topics: Tattoo, Tattooing, Scarification Pages: 3 (921 words) Published: October 13, 2011
Health Risks of Tattoos

My cousin Brad is covered in tattoos in every color from the top of his head to the top of his feet. Because he was not aware of his skin’s sensitivity to the ink; keloids formed, causing his tattoos to look as if they had been lifted off of his skin to form 2D structures. Due to his weight gain over the years, his tattoos look as if they had been stretched out across his body, forming elongated shapes and blurred images. However, most people found this fascinating and quite an amusement despite the distortions. Brad, unfortunately, is unhappy with the choices he made to permanently paint his body for personal fulfillment. He realizes that his self indulgence wasn’t worth the consequences he’s suffering from today. Nobody ever stops to think of the consequential health risks involved with such a work of art as tattooing. Surely Brad would have thought twice before making the decision to get all these tattoos had he known the health risks that involved the transfer of diseases like Hepatitis, HIV, and cutaneous infections; not to mention the side effects such as redness, irritation, swelling, and even the possible formation of keloids due to the skins sensitivity to the ink. Another health risk that Brad and most young people who get tattoos tend to overlook is the painful removal of the body art after realizing the physical and mental complications down the road. The laser treatment is a tattoo removal procedure that could potentially lead to the formation of carcinomas (malignant tumors). Unfortunately, Brad is one of those people who didn’t think about how distorted his tattoos would look due to gaining 30 pounds over the years, neither did he think of how all those tattoos would affect his future and career. Although people take personal satisfaction in body art, they should be aware of certain health risks involved.

The word tattoo comes from the Tahitian word tattau, which means "to mark," and was first mentioned in explorer...
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