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What You Should Know Before Tatooing & Piercing

Hepatitis B vaccine will help protect you from hepatitis B, but there is no vaccine for hepatitis C or HIV.

There is an elevated risk of infection in amateur tattoos and piercing studios. However, infection from tattooing in clean and modern tattoo studios employing single-use needles is rare.

Good tattoo or piercing studio will have a well-lit, clean and sanitary, work environment. All surfaces should be made of hard material that is easy to clean. All the instruments used should be made of quality stainless steel that can be easily cleaned and sterilized. They should also have proper sterilizer (preferably a steam sterilizer) to sterilize their equipment. A test strips should be used to indicate whether the machine is operating correctly. 

Practitioners performing the procedure should have clean working habits, including washing their hands before and after procedures, after handling contaminated items, before opening and handling sterile supplies, and before putting on and after removing their gloves.

Tattoo and piercing needles should always be brand new and sterile for each treatment. They should never be reused.

Only new fresh ink in disposable ink caps should be used for your tattoo. Sharing ink is like sharing dirty needles, so make sure your artist use only new ink from small disposable containers.

If shaving is needed, they should use a new disposable razor.

The areas to be tattooed should be totaly clean, usually first with soap and water and then with a skin antiseptic.

Those performing the procedure should use new gloves for each customer and during the whole procedure.

A sterile non-stick bandage should cover your tattoo before you leave.

Make sure that artist you use is not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and you shouldn't be either.

Good professional tattoo artist studio will make sure you leave with oral and written aftercare instructions.

What You Should Do To Prevent Problems

Tetanus risk could be prevented by having an up-to-date tetanus booster prior to being tattooed.

Refrain from using alcohol or drugs before being tattooed or pierced. Alcohol and drugs thin your blood, so you will bleed more.

Tell the artist if you have any allergies to metal, iodine, petroleum-based or alcohol-based products etc.

Never have tattoo or pierce skin that has a cut or break, pimples, warts, or other abnormalities.

If you must touch your tattoo or before rotating the jewelry to the pierced area, always wash your hands properly with soap and water first. If you are concerned that the tattoo or piercing is infected, contact your doctor or local health unit.

If the tattooed area becomes red, swollen, tender or if pus develops, you may have an infection. Don't wait, see your doctor immediately.


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