RM Tattoo and Piercing Safety Presentation

Pigments are inserted through pricks into the
skin's top layer
 Tattoo artists usually use a hand-held machine,
with one or more needles piercing the skin
 With every puncture, the needles insert tiny ink
 Anesthetics are not used
 Can last up to a few hours
 Allergic
Skin can become red and itch
 Skin
 Bumps and raised areas on tattoo
 Bloodborne diseases
Hepatitis B and C, tetanus, HIV (from dirty
 No
regulation by FDA because it’s a cosmetic
 MRI complications
Poor image quality from pigments in skin
Go to a reputable tattooing
studio that employs only
properly trained employees.
Make sure the tattoo artist
washes his or her hands and
wears a fresh pair of
protective gloves for each
Make sure the tattoo artist
removes a needle and tubes
from sealed packages. Any
pigments, trays and
containers should be unused
as well.
Artist should sterilize nondisposable equipment
Remove the bandage after 24
Use antibiotic ointment
Keep the tattooed skin clean
Use moisturizer
Avoid sun exposure for a few
Wear clothes that won’t stick
to the tattoo
Allow up to 2 weeks for
healing (don’t pick at it…it
could scar and/or damage the

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