Tattoos are growing in popularity, and the decision to have one or more requires some care, warns the Municipal Health Department of Palmas (Simos). People like social worker Francisco de Assis Nieves attest to the need for such care. According to him, when making the decision to get a tattoo, the first concern was to look for a qualified professional so that he would not regret the cosmetic procedure afterwards.
According to the social worker, in addition to the aesthetic aspect, his interest was also in health, because if this is not done within the safety recommendations, the procedure can cause infectious diseases, because it affects other layers of the skin. Neves reports that after getting his tattoo, he took care not to expose himself to the sun and followed the tattoo artist’s instructions to get the desired result.
The tattooing procedure consists of using needles that inject an inks pigment, puncturing the dermis, which is the area below the outermost layer of skin, and the epidermis. In this process, the patient must check the general cleaning, sterilization and preservation conditions of the tattoo studio. Otherwise, the client runs the risk of contracting hepatitis B and C, HIV and other diseases.
In postoperative recovery, it is possible to notice “small crusts”. It is very important to let these scars occur naturally, and to allow those “shells” to come out over time on their own. If there is pain in the tattoo area, swelling, pus, or other symptoms that indicate an aggravation of the condition, it is recommended that the patient seek a Family Health Unit (USF) so that the doctor or nurse can evaluate the recovery. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, the user can Go to an emergency care unit (UPA).
According to the Ministry of Health (MS), Resolution RDC nº 55/08 of the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) establishes rules for the marketing of paints used for artificial skin pigmentation in Brazil. Only tattoo ink that has a valid registration can be used on the body. In 2009, Anvisa launched the guide “Technical Reference for the Work of Tattoo and Piercing Services”, offering recommendations that, if adopted, could help citizens increase confidence in the institution and in the procedures performed.
If citizens see suspicious studios that do not meet proper hygiene and safety standards, they should contact the Municipal Ombudsman at 0800-64-64-156 and file a complaint.
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