Health & Healing
Issues surrounding the health and healing of body art procedures. Tattooing and piercing health-related topics and medically-oriented references.
A Tattoo Removal Conversation
Here is some information and reflections from a conversation with someone who has undergone laser removal treatments for two years. You may think that you can completely get rid of your tattoos, but you need to think again.
Adverse Reactions to Tattooing
Do people ever have a bad reaction to tattooing? Learn about some infrequent adverse responses that happen to some people who get tattooed.
Black Henna Warning
If a henna artist tells you that your henna body painting will leave a black stain on your skin, do not get painted by that person. Read about some allergic reactions people have had to non-traditional henna paste ingredients.
Body Art and Blood Donation
One of the most often needed supplies during an environmental crises is blood donations. Your body art might prevent you from donating, so be sure to check your guidelines before you go to your local blood center.
Don't Let In The Door-to-Door Tattoo Salesman!
Some tattoos deals might seem good, but in reality you´re just risking your own health. Here are some tips for avoiding bad tattoo artists.
Don't Let Your Tattooist Reuse Needles!
A question from a reader asks if it's okay for a tattoo artist to reuse the same needle to tattoo two people who know each other. Learn why even if you think you know the other person, you should absolutely not allow your tattooist to do this!
Guidelines for Infection Control in the Studio Environment [offsite link]
Dragon Moon Tattoo Studio has listed an excellent series of guidelines for tattoo artists. People thinking of getting a tattoo should familiarize themselves with these procedures so they can evaluate tattoo shops and artists.
Health Education for the Modification Industry [offsite link]
Professional health training for body piercers and tattooists.
High-Tech Body Art Goes Oral
While body art can sometimes just be a fashion, some body artists are putting their art where their mouths are (literally). Future body mods might entertain, but some might also be life-changing for those with paralyzing disabilities.
Identify Food Allergies With Tattoos
When you eat certain foods, do you find that certain tattooed spots on your body get slightly inflamed or puff up? If so, what you are most likely experiencing is a low-grade food allergy. Learn more about this body reaction and what you can do about it.
Illinois Changes Tattoo Rules and Regulations
The state of Illinois has just updated some of their laws regarding tattooing. Tattooing of minors got tougher, and blood donation after tattooing got easier.
Keloids and Scarring FAQ
This is a FAQ composited from the Bella Body Art e-mail and message board forums on the related topics of scarring and keloid scar formation.
Love My Piercings Products Reviewed
Are specialized tattoo and piercing aftercare products worth it? Here is a review of the Love My Piercings After Care Lotion, Ink Seal and Piercing Spray.
Medical Tattoos and Micropigmentation
Under names like micropigmentation and dermagraphics, tattooing sometimes appears in the world of medicine. Dermagraphics are growing option for post-mastectomy reconstruction.
Microdermals versus Surface Piercings
Although both types of piercings might be able to appear the same on the skin's surface, they function quite differently. Explore the pros and cons of surface piercings versus microdermals.
Picking a Tattoo Shop or Piercing Studio
There are some basic and easy steps a person can take to make sure they are picking a reputable shop for their tattoo or piercing.
Red Cross Revises Tattoo Rules
The Red Cross has just revised their rules on tattoos and blood donation in Virginia. Is this a sign of better industry regulation or a more serious need for blood donors?
Space-Age Tattoos Might Help Diabetics
Although it sounds like a science fiction movie concept, it soon might be possible for diabetics to monitor their blood sugar with the help of a very special tattoo.
T.A.T. Organic Tattoo Aftercare
Looking for an organic, plant-based way for taking care of your healing tattoos? You don't have to look any further than Black Creek Botanicals T.A.T. line of products.
Tattoo Healing and Aftercare
Healing your new tattoo is one of the keys to a lifetime of beautiful ink. Just a bit of care in the beginning goes a long way.
The really tricky thing about tattooing is that since it is a near-permanent process, that just doesn't leave room for error. Here are some tattoo problems for which there are no quick fixes, and sometimes no fix at all.
Tattooing and Pregnancy
Can having a lower back tattoo prevent you from having an epidural anesthetic during delivery? And is it safe to get tattooed while nursing? Find out the answers to these two very intriguing questions.
Tattooing and Skin Diseases
If someone has a skin disorder like eczema or psoriasis, can they get tattooed? Learn more about how these diseases effect the skin, and how they could effect a tattoo.
Tattooing As Medical Alert
Over the past several years, more and more stories are coming forward about the use of tattoos to alert medical personnel. This time, diabetics are starting to talk about the usefulness of tattooing.
Tattooing for Breast Cancer Causes
Pink ribbons have long been a symbol of awareness and support for women's breast cancer. Now some activists and tattooist are making those ribbons permanent.
Tattooing May Help Make Better Vaccines
Researchers in Germany have discovered the that process by which tattoos are created may be a better way to administer vaccines.
Tattoos and Mental Disorders
A forensic psychiatrist suggests that tattoos are a sign of certain mental disorders in criminals and can indicate a lack of drive in the general population. Take a look at the debate this information has ignited.
Tattoos in the Summertime
With warmer weather comes more revealing clothing and body art that hasn’t seen the light of day in months goes on public view. Be sure to protect your skin art investment for a lifetime of beauty.
Technological Body Art
The acceptance and popularity of both tattoos and piercings has had an interesting effect on the world of medicine and technology. While present-day body art tends to just be for show, the future of body modifications may be a lot more functional.
The Perils of Vacation Body Art
While it may seem fun to get some body art on the spur of the moment while on vacation, it´s really a lot safer to wait until you get home to memorialize your experience on your body.
The Truth About Tattoo Removal
A basic overview of tattoo removal methods for those considering getting tattooed or those unhappy with their tattoos.
Tongue Piercing Healing and Aftercare
Healing a tongue piercing takes a bit of patience, some gargling and between a few days and a week of a very liquid diet. Here are some tips for making it easier to heal your pierced tongue.
Triad Medical Product Recall
Although a voluntary recall has been underway for several months, it's only been more recently that broader awareness has arisen that sterile and surgical product company Triad is having problems with contaminated products. Now the FDA has begun a produce seizure to enforce compliance.
What's That Smell? - Caring For Gauged Ears
This question comes from the email in-box: "How can I keep my ears from smelling like rotting corpses?" The answer is quite easy and just takes a few moments per day.
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