Tattoo facts you didn’t know about – Part 3
Bruising and swelling are normal.
Occasionally, when a blood vessel is punctured during the tattooing procedure a bruise may appear. Bruises generally heal within one week. Bruises can appear as halos around a tattoo, or if blood pools, as one larger bruise. This bluish or dark blurry halo that surrounds a tattoo can also be attributed to ink diffusion or as we call it a ‘blow-out’. This discolouration occurs when tattoo pigments spread out into the subcutaneous tissue beneath the dermal skin layer, and may be caused by ink being deposited too deep in the skin especially where the skin is sensitive and thin.
Your Lymph nodes can swell and change colour!
Lymph nodes can get inflated after longer tattoo sessions because the body starts inflammatory process. Cells sent by the immune system to the wound caused by tattooing eat some of the smaller ink particles in order to deal with what’s causing the inflammation – foreign material – ink. These cells travel through the lymphatic system vital part of the immune system and some end up in the lymph nodes. Lymph nodes may become discolored and inflamed with the presence of tattoo pigments, but discoloration and inflammation are also visual indicators of melanoma; consequently, diagnosing melanoma in a patient with tattoos is made difficult, and special precautions must be taken to avoid misdiagnoses.
Tattoos are a today’s fashion!
But people have always been getting tattooed and tattoos have always had an important role in ritual and tradition.
The oldest discovered human tattoos are on the 5,300-year-old on iceman mummy which is the oldest mummy ever found.
Tattoos don’t scab like cuts!
Tattoo needles go through top players of your skin 50 to 3000 times per minute
so tattooing techniques and equipment are being improved to assure very little damage being done to the skin during the tattooing process.
Professionally done tattoo should not scab like deeper wounds, but look more like a sunburn with thin flakes of skin peeling off. Although the most sensitive parts may scab a bit. Do not pick on it because it may affect how your tattoo will heal.
Tattoo stretching with growth
Your tattoo will not get ruined if you start exercising or grow muscles. Our skin has amazing ability to stretch and even with substantial muscular growth your tattoo will enlarge with the skin but it won’t be a drastically noticeable change of the actual look of the tattoo. Your body changes so do your tattoo, but the only danger is the stretch marks. Luckily there are only certain areas where the stretching occurs. When your bicep grows it’s the thinnest skin around the armpit that shows stretch marks. Or inner parts of your thighs, not the outer parts that are usually tattooed.
You can easily check the most common places of stretch marks to show and avoid this placement when getting a tattoo.