Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Tattoos and Skin Health: Rethink The Ink

If you currently have a tattoo or are considering getting one, you are not alone. According to Pew Research Center, as many as 36 % of Americans ages 18-25 report getting a tattoo. Some people raise red flags at the thought of permanent ink markings on your skin. Will you always want that picture or word art for the rest of your life? However, a dermatologist’s raises more important concerns at the threat that tattoos make to your skin health. Skin complications such as allergic reactions, serious infection and difficult skin cancer detection should all be at the forefront when you think of getting the ink.

  • Allergy: Allergic reactions are among the most common problems after getting a tattoo. Your allergic skin reaction could be bumps, itching or a rash that appears days or even years later. Eczema or psoriasis suffers may find that their condition worsens after getting a tattoo, making it a very high price to pay for body art. A dermatologist, such as Olansky Dermatology Associates, can provide allergic skin reaction treatment as well as confirm the specific cause of your discomfort.
  • Infection: If you decide to get a tattoo, it is extremely important that you do your part to lessen your risk for infection. Serious bacterial infections have been reported after tattoo procedures. Be sure to choose a licensed tattoo artist that uses tools in sterile packaging. Always consult your dermatologist before getting a tattoo if you have keloids, eczema or psoriasis skin conditions.
  • Skin Cancer: What does skin cancer have to do with tattoos? If you choose to get a tattoo over a mole, it can make it very difficult to diagnose any signs of skin cancer. Furthermore, some tattoo reactions involve bumps that mimic skin cancer and will thus require a biopsy.

There are many unknowns surrounding the relationship between skin and a tattoo. For instance, the tattoo ink used today has evolved greatly and its reaction in the skin has not been fully determined yet. Tattoos can be beautiful works of art on the body that gain a lot of positive attention. However, nothing is worth compromising your skin health. Talk to you dermatologist about any specific risks you may need to think about prior to a tattoo procedure.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates

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Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

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Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

Susan H.

Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!

Lindsay S.

I have been going to Olansky Dematology for many years now, whether for a specific problem, or just for a really great deep facial, and I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else. Every single staff member is knowledgeable and professional. The customer service I receive every visit leaves a positive and lasting impression. I always feel comfortable and at ease while I am there. Great staff!

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I seem to live at this place! Whether it’s for an appointment with a doctor or for an aesthetic treatment, I am there frequently. I cannot say enough good things. Efficient, friendly, the best doctors, and a new aesthetic center with the latest in procedures and products to keep us looking almost as young as we feel. It’s always fun to see Emily and she knows just what to recommend.