Author: Michael Hunt, M.D.
- Tattoo ink is applied below the skin, and because of this, they can lead to keloids, granulomas, tetanus, hepatitis B and C, and skin infections.
- Tattoo pigment has been found to contain substances like lead, cadmium, chromium, and arsenic; however, there are no long-term studies of the health effects of tattoos.
- In one study 14% of inks had ingredients that were banned in cosmetics.
- Nanoparticles of tattoo pigment can be found in the lymph nodes, and laser removal can precipitate their spread.
- Those with tattoos could experience complications with MRI because of the metal content of the ink.
References: Khunger N, Molpariya A, Khunger A. Complications of Tattoos and Tattoo Removal: Stop and Think Before you ink. Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery. 2015;8(1):30-36. doi:10.4103/0974-2077.155072.