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Preventing Infection When You Get A Tatoo

If you are interested in wearing a tattoo on your skin, you will need to visit a tattoo artist to have it done. When you are choosing the artist, be sure to select one who makes safety and hygiene a top priority, so you donít risk infection.


Tattoos are created on your body by injecting the ink under your skin. For this purpose an electric powered tattoo gun is used and this gun has a needle which is going up and down very fast. Through this needle the ink is injected under the skin every time the needle punctures your skin.

The components of a tattoo machine includes: tube system, needle, electric motor, and the foot pedal. The needle should be sterile in order to prevent infection of the skin. And the pedal is used for controlling the work of work of the tube and the needle. So, if the pedal is pressed the needle is moving up and down and punctures the skin. This is somewhat similar to the way a sewing machine with a foot pedal operates.

Sanitary conditions are essential. Using the same needle on two people must be strictly avoided. This can cause the spread of infections and diseases such as HIV. For this reason you are advised go to a tattoo artist only if you are sure that the equipment is sterile and materials are disposable so they wonít be reused.

Double check the materials before it is used to you. The tattoo artist should open it in front of your eyes. All of it is sold to them in sterile packaging and it is stated on there it is for single use. The materials that should be used only once are: needles, gloves, ink and ink cups. Also, the hands of the artists should be washed before touching you or the equipment.

Next, the skin area where the tattoo will be applied must be disinfected. After that, the skin is shaved and then disinfected a second time.

The pain of getting a tattoo depends upon your tolerance. Also the pain is determined by the location of the tattoo and if you have decided to get a tattoo on a sensitive part of the body this can be quite painful. And finally the pain depends upon the experience of the artist. If he is more experienced this can mean that you might suffer less.

After the tattoo is applied, the area should be disinfected again in order to avoid an infection in the punctures. Also you should be given instructions from the artist on how to care for the tattoo. The instructions will likely be printed out so you can take it home and follow the instructions without forgetting.

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