8 things that may happen to your body after you get a tattoo


A tattoo has become a social statement in the millennial culture and people often do not research before sitting under the needle. You need to be better informed to avoid hazards.

The only thought we give before getting a tattoo is where we want to get it and what design do we want. However, there are other things to consider before getting inked. The thought of allergic reactions or the psychological impacts of getting a tattoo can be easily ignored in the excitement of the process.

You need to consider its effects on your body before getting inked. A tattoo has become a social statement in the millennial culture and people often do not research before sitting under the needle. Make sure you consider all your options, choose a clean tattoo shop, and take extensive care of your skin after getting inked.


There are many studies that are examining the long-term implications of tattoos and the ink as well. Researchers are anticipating some interesting facts that would be revealed in the coming years. So, here are some ways a tattoo can impact your skin and how the process might make you feel.

1. Skin reactions and bumps on your skin
You might notice a skin reaction that is causing small bumps on your tattoo, it is probably due to sarcoidosis. It is a disease that manifests in the lungs but is a multi-organ disease that can affect almost every organ system in the body. The small bumps on your skin tend to stay within the boundaries of your tattoo and be treated.


This can occur at any time after the getting the tattoo. Well, sarcoidosis occurs because of the autoimmune disorder that is not related to the tattoo, ink, or the needle. This is a skin disease that affects tattoos, which is why they can strike at any point. Consulting your doctor would be necessary if you are experiencing itchiness, swelling in your tattoo to cure this disease.


2. Reaction to colored ink
Another aspect that is not considered is the allergic reaction to the ink, which is possible by the tradition of black ink as well. If you are opting for a more colorful tattoo then you are more likely to face an allergic reaction to the different colors.


Research has proven that rashes are connected to the use of colored ink and the color red is the most common culprit. This reaction generally presents themselves after the tattoo has healed. Consult a dermatologist once you spot the swelling and feel itchy.

3. Burning or swelling when you get an MRI
This might sound absurd, but there are people who experience burning sensations or swelling while going through an MRI due to their tattoos. Caleb Backe, a health and wellness expert, told Bustle that any permanent body makeup or tattoos are found to obstruct the quality of imaging process. Informing your doctor about a tattoo or permanent makeup before the MRI would help obtain accurate results and spare you from the pain by finding a way around it.
4. General infections
The choice of a tattoo is the most important one other than your tattoo because the cleanliness can have an impact on your health. If the tattoo shop does not have a proper cleaning process then it is easy to get an infection. Dr. Greenfield claims that when the needle is introduced into your skin there is a probability of bacteria and mycobacteria entering with it.
It is advisable to choose a tattoo shop that has proper cleaning practices and follow all the healing protocols to lower the risk, even though the infection can be treated.


5. Infections from pets
A tattoo expert, Johan Larsson, told Bustle that the one thing that people do not do after getting a tattoo is stayed away from their pet until their skin heals. This because a tiny hair can seep under the wrapping or your dog or cat licking the wound can lead to an infection.


You do not need to shun them away, but ensure that your tattoo is clean and covered and keep a watchful eye for an infection. If you begin feeling redness, tenderness or you get a fever or see pus seeping out then it is some signs of an infection. If you take care of your tattoo based on verified information then the chances of getting an infection are minimized.


6. Bloodborne diseases
In extreme cases getting a blood-borne disease like hepatitis B, hepatitis C, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is possible if the equipment is infected with contaminated blood. Well, finding a tattoo parlor that is reputed, licensed, and follows proper cleaning procedure will spare or reduce the risk of these dangerous side effects.

7. Difficulty in detecting skin cancer
Large tattoos like full arm sleeves can make it more difficult to detect skin cancer than in smaller tattoos. Detecting skin color changes becomes difficult especially in moles making it harder to detect skin cancer. Consulting a board-certified dermatologist before getting inked to know if you are prone to skin cancer and if you should or not get a large too would avoid the major health risk.

8. Release of endorphins
Endorphins are your body’s natural pain relievers, which come from the brain and flood your body. Tattoos can be healing, since the process of getting inked releases endorphins due to the pricking sensation caused by the needle. Endorphins are a feel-good chemical that makes it evident to you that you are more resilient to pain than you think.
Other than the physical impacts you would have a psychological shift and it can become a deeply therapeutic process. There is a shift in your emotional state and tattoos can trigger buried feelings that rise to the surface. This change can happen right away or the effects of shifting energy might be visible weeks later. Well, now you would go into the parlor educated and feel empowered irrespective of the side effects.

Disclaimer: This article does not provide any medical diagnosis. If you face any tattoo-related health issues, please consult a medical professional.