Advice for Those Who Should Be Avoiding Tattoos

Getting a tattoo can be a serious decision, for many it turns out to be just a fun and exciting experience, but for others it doesn’t always turn out that way! As a laser tattoo removal clinic, we see aspects of this all too often.

For this reason, here are a few warnings for those thinking about getting a tattoo, and specific advice for those who may do better at avoiding it all together:

  1. Those with high blood pressure. The pain of a tattoo can raise the blood pressure temporarily.
  2. Those with diabetes. Healing can be an issue for diabetics and the lengthy recovery process may affect the tattoo. If you do decide to go ahead with getting a tattoo anyway try and avoid certain common insulin injection sites, such as the bum, arms, abdomen, thighs and feet.
  3. Those with makeup allergies. You should consult a dermatologist before getting tattooed as it is very possible the same allergy will manifest with the dye used in tattoos.
  4. Those under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It may seem like a good idea at the time, but more often than not it will just be one big regret once sober.
  5. Those who are planning a pregnancy. The rapid weight gain and loss can negatively affect the appearance of a tattoo. If you do decide to go ahead anyway, try and choose a site on the body that will be least affected.
  6. Those on anticoagulants (blood thinners). This can also include long-term use of aspirin or ibuprofen, which can also reduce clotting time. These drugs can cause increased bleeding and bruising while getting tattoo, potentially disfiguring the tattoo
  7. Those with heart conditions or on immune-suppressive medication. These conditions could cause the body to react badly to the pain of being tattooed or the foreign substances being added to the body. Medical advice should be sought first.
  8. Those with chronic skin conditions. This includes psoriasis, eczema and vitiligo. There may be no negative effects caused by these conditions but due to the nature of the condition it is safer to be cautious and seek advice from a dermatologist.
  9. Those with keloid or hypertrophic scarring. Any person who has a tendency for this type of scarring should first consult a doctor as there are high risks of the tattoo not healing smoothly.
  10. Pregnant and lactating mothers and those who have any active infection. These people should temporarily avoid getting a tattoo, but are safe to do so once the infection subsides or breastfeeding is finished.

I hope this can help any of you in your debate of whether a tattoo is right for you!