To begin with, have an open discussion with him, as if from a friend to a friend. No reproaches and an official tone, because you won’t get anything that way. Introduce them to the risks they are exposed to and look for information together about everything that involves getting a tattoo.
The regret caused by the impossibility of erasing it
Explain to them that getting a tattoo is a lifelong decision and they should not rush, but think carefully before. Even if he ardently wants to get a tattoo, either because he is attracted to the art of decorating the body with the help of drawings, or because he was convinced by the entourage, he talks openly with him.
Tell him that there is a risk that he will later regret the choice made and that he must be aware that sometimes getting a tattoo can represent a lifelong choice, because not all such designs on the skin can be removed. If you also have one or more tattoos, tell them about your experience, all the stages you went through and whether you are now reconciled or not with the decision you made.
It exposes itself to infections
Beyond the pain he may feel, depending on the area of the body where he would like to get the tattoo done, infections are an important factor to consider. Since the skin bleeds at the time of tattooing, the risk of infections such as hepatitis B or C increases.
It was even found that the presence of the hepatitis C virus (HCV), which causes damage to the liver, is 9 times higher in people who get tattoos. Granulomas, keloid scars (abnormal development and increase in size of scar tissue), contact dermatitis and allergic reactions can also occur, especially in the case of tattoos where a lot of red, green, yellow or blue pigment has been used.
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There are no safety regulations
Are tattoos safe? Yes, the ink used is approved and has a certificate, but what matters a lot is whether the salon where it is made complies with hygiene standards. According to dermatologists at the Institute for Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington DC, when you inject a substance into your skin, you expose yourself to the risk of infections, such as tuberculosis, HIV, tetanus, or staphylococcus aureus. Therefore, if you decide to get a tattoo, it is advisable to choose a salon where sterilized instruments, disposable needles are used, and the staff is qualified.
The ingredients in the ink can also cause allergic reactions. These can be manifested by acute itching on the skin, most often due to allergens such as mercury or nickel, found in the composition of the ink. For this reason, the scars that inevitably appear after tattooing can become inflamed, on a case-by-case basis.
Restrictions to practice certain jobs
If at some point, your child, the young adult in the making, wants to work in aviation or the police, for example, this will not be possible because of the rather strict rules, among which is the lack of tattoos. Therefore, this aspect must also be taken into account. One of the solutions would be to make a temporary tattoo, which is maintained for a few weeks, then disappears completely.
Disappointment at the result
There is a possibility that the tattoo will not come out as it should, because there are many tattoo artists who do not have much experience or talent, but who practice this job. In time, however, it can change, as it can lose the intensity of the color. As the skin ages, it may no longer look as it did in the beginning.
Dermatologists claim that it is much more difficult to detect skin cancer, for example, on a tattooed body.