Medical Tattoos and Health Emergencies

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The decision to get drastic and permanent body modification is usually tied to what’s going on in an individual’s life. Significant experiences and events of a person’s life, no matter how good or bad, can change a person forever. The most commonly desired modifications in this regard are tattoos, and the range of events that can inspire body art is unending.

However, when it comes to medical tattooing, there are several connections that can be made. There are some medical procedures that require tattoos in order to be done safely and effectively. For example, cancer patients that undergo radiation treatment are tattooed with marks on the area that is the target of treatment, allowing the doctors to easily find the spot and avoid zapping the surrounding healthy tissue.

Tattooing has become an alternative option to medical bracelets, which traditionally serve to inform medical professionals of a patient’s condition in an event where they are unconscious or otherwise unable to communicate. A report by American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists in 2009 stated that more patients prefer medical-alerts to be tattooed on their skin, especially in patients that suffer from chronic conditions like diabetes.

Tattoos for Post-medical Conditions

Post treatment medical tattoos are also in abundance. Individuals that suffer from illness, medical treatment, or a mishap that disfigures them in any way tend to opt for tattoos to hide the scars in order to feel whole and attractive again. The trend is becoming so popular that many tattoo artists nowadays have added post-medical beautifying tattoos to their skill set and portfolios. They expertly cover scars, using the shape of the scar itself to make magnificent works of art that perfectly complement the patient.

Micro pigmentation

Micro pigmentation is another way to hide scars. This process uses a pigment (colored ink) that matches the skin tone of the patient. A tattoo artist who’s proficient in this kind work injects the color underneath the top most layer of the skin. This changes the white marks of scars to become the color of the flesh.

Medical alerts

A growing number of individuals are getting medical alert tattoos that inform first responders and doctors about the medical conditions they have. These tats range from chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes, to allergies, and some individuals even tattoo end-of-life instructions like ‘No CPR’ and ‘Do-Not-Resuscitate’. However, whether or not medical professionals are under obligation to honor these end-of-life instructions is another matter entirely. Laws of do-not-resuscitate instructions vary greatly from one state to the next.

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