Wednesday, December 23, 2009

It seems like everyone has a tattoo these days. Maybe youve even thought about getting one. Before you do there are some things you need to know. Dr. Edward Hill explains in todays 60 Second Housecall.

A tattoo is a permanent mark or design made on your body with pigments inserted into your skin.

What makes tattoos long lasting is theyre so deep - the ink isnt injected into the top layer of skin - the ink is injected into the second deeper layer of skin called the dermis. A needle thats connected to a small machine with tubes containing dye pierces the skin repeatedly - an action that resembles that of a sewing machine.

Depending on your pain threshold, how good the person wielding the tattoo machine is, and where on your body you get the tattoo determines how much pain you feel.

Your tattoo artist should provide you with instructions on how to care for the body artwork.

A tattoo may take only a few minutes or a few hours to acquire, but invest plenty of thought and research before getting one. Take steps to protect yourself against possible risks so that what seems like a cool idea now doesnt turn into a source of regret later.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.