FDA Updates Tattoo Warnings: Health and Safety Tips for Your Next Tattoo

Chances are you either have a tattoo or know someone who does. T They’re quite popular and are essentially portable art and an expression of oneself. However, in early May 2017, the FDA updated a report discussing hundreds of reports they received between 2004 and 2016 involving issues regarding the ink. If you’re going to be putting something permanent on your body, you should do everything possible to ensure that it’s not only going to look great but that you’re not going to deal with any problems along the way. With that said, the following are some health and safety tips if you’re considering getting a tattoo.

Get Recommendations
One of the best things you can do if you’re looking to get a tattoo is to get recommendations from those you know who have gotten them before. The easiest way is to put the word out on social media and ask your family and friends who they personally recommend which could easily provide you with several options to look into.

Don’t Choose Price Over Quality
When it comes to tattoos, you usually get what you pay for. This means if you’re paying $30 for a large elaborate tattoo, there’s a good chance it’s going to look nothing like what you would hope it’s going to. Tattoos are expensive for a reason; there’s a lot of time and effort that goes into them. You’re better off putting aside the money for a quality tattoo.

Do Not Buy and Use A Kit Yourself
Did you know that you can buy cheap DIY tattoo kits that come with ink and a bunch of other materials? Please don’t do this just to save yourself time and money. We get that it may initially seem cheaper and like a good idea, but you are much better off going to a professional who has had years of training and can provide you with a tattoo that’s done according to safe and hygienic practices.

Woman getting tattoo done

Do Your Research
Once you have a few options in mind for where to get your tattoo, do your research and find out more about each studio/tattoo artist. For example, what training have they gone through? Are they licensed? Are they willing to show you a portfolio? What are their safety and hygiene procedures? Those are just some of the questions to ask yourself and find the answers to when you’re looking to get a tattoo.

Follow Aftercare Instructions
Following aftercare instructions is essential not just for maintaining the quality of the tattoo but also for making sure there are little-to-no problems. You should get an aftercare instruction sheet after your appointment, so follow everything exactly and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask your tattoo artist.

If you notice that your tattoo isn’t healing particularly well or there seems to be an issue at the site of the tattoo or elsewhere on your body after your appointment, contact a doctor immediately. Even if you think it’s nothing to be worried about, you don’t want to take any chances.