Different Types Of Tattoos
Recent research has shown that one out of four people aged 18 to 30 has at least one tattoo on the body. Tattooing is very popular among both men and women, and even though many people believe that men are getting more tattoos, the latest study has shown that even 65 percent of tattooed people are female. If you are planning to get a tattoo in the near future, you should first inform yourself about tattoos in general, then about the health risks you are exposed to and the possibilities of tattoo removal if you change your mind later. You should think about the tattoo design, the location of the tattoo and you need to do a research to find a good tattoo studio.
The most common tattoos are shoulder, chest, spine, behind the ear, hip, foot and forearm tattoos. A tattoo is a permanent statement, so you should think carefully before making the decision. According to The American Academy of Dermatology, there are five different types of tattoos: Traumatic or also called natural tattoos, professional tattoos, amateur tattoos, medical tattoos and cosmetic tattoos. Keep reading to find out more about the five types of tattoos!
Traumatic or also called natural tattoos occur due to some kind of trauma or accident, such as traffic accident or an explosion. Usually it’s a suspension of metal particles and all kinds of chemical compounds in the dermis. A traumatic tattoo occurs when a substance such as asphalt is rubbed into a wound as the result of some accident. These kind of tattoos are very difficult to remove, because they can spread across several layers of skin. Scars or permanent discoloration are almost unavoidable, depending on the location of the tattoo.
When it comes to professional tattoos, they are done by renowned tattoo artists with the help of professional tattoo machines also called tattoo guns. These tattoos are made with low risk of infection and they often are true works of art. Professional tattoos are permanent and difficult to remove, because the tattoo pigment lies deep in the skin.
Amateur tattoos are mostly the work of unqualified individuals who use needles and tingling technique to apply ink, charcoal or ashes beneath the skin’s surface. Given the fact that these tattoos are often done with unusual substances and under not-so-sanitary acceptable conditions, there is a high risk of infection. In addition to the risk of infection, amateur tattoos tend to look blurry and fade quickly.
Medical tattoos do not have a decorative purpose, but they are used for medical reasons. Medical tattoos are used to ensure instruments are properly located for repeated application of radiotherapy and for the areola in some cases of breast reconstruction. Medical tattoos are also used to convey medical information about the individual and in skin tones to cover vitiligo, which is a skin pigmentation disorder.
Tattoos can also have an aesthetic function, such as the increasingly popular, cosmetic tattoos. Permanent makeup is the use of tattoos to enhance eyebrows, lips, eyes and even moles, usually with natural colors, as the designs are intended to resemble makeup. Given that even permanent tattoos eventually begin to fade, this procedure must be repeated from time to time. Cosmetic tattoos can also be used to cover some unpleasant scars.