Tattoo Parlor Safety and Preventing Infection
Tattoo Safety and What to Look for to Prevent Tattoo Infection
You're excited to get your first tattoo, but there are several things you need to be aware of before you get it done. The easiest way to get an infection of your tattoo is by improper handling while your tattoo is being put on. The good thing is, there are standards that tattoo parlors are required to use and uphold while doing business.
You still want to be aware though because there are some less than kosher people out there who may not follow these guidelines. The other scenario is if you have a friend giving you a tattoo, you want to make sure it is done in a sanitary manner or you could end up with a really bad infection. The first thing you want to look for is the cleanliness of the place, if it's dirty looking I wouldn't get a tattoo there.
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What a Tattoo Artist Will do and Use While Giving You a Tattoo
Your tattoo artist should always wear gloves before they start tattooing you. Glove use can prevent all sorts of bacteria and infections that can enter the skin while being tattooed. Your artist should always use paper towels to wipe off the excess ink from the area being tattooed as he/she does it.
They should never use a towel or rag, both of which can be loaded with bacteria if used on other people. Even if it's a clean towel or rag, it still should not be used. After each cleaning of the area, or even a few uses it should be thrown away and another paper towel used.
That is what a professional tattoo artist will do. At the end of your session your artist will put a creamy lotion like feeling substance, this is antibiotics that they rub onto it to protect it right after it's done.
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