Who shouldn’t get a tattoo?

It is better not to get tattoos in certain areas of the body, while for some people tattoos are not recommended due to the potential risks. What should you watch out for?

Inform the tattoo artist about your use of medications (especially those that affect coagulation: aspirin and anticoagulants), your skin problems, your allergies, possible epilepsy, your hypersensitivity reactions or other problems health.

You should never tattoo on certain areas of the skin.

• plastic surgery or radiation therapy in the past year
• scar less than one year old
• tattooed area for less than six weeks
• area where a tattoo has been removed for less than three months
• itchy skin

Or in certain situations.

• if you are under the influence of alcohol, drugs or psychotropic medication
• if you are allergic to the necessary tattooing equipment (latex, ink, etc.)

Tattoos are prohibited on children under 12 years old. Between 12 and 16 years old, only one tattoo is allowed if the legal representative is present. Young people under the age of 16 are prohibited from getting tattoos on their heads, necks, wrists and hands.

Pregnancy and breast feeding

Tattooing is strongly discouraged during these times. All the risks associated with tattooing for pregnant and breastfeeding women, and their babies, are not yet known. Also, if you develop an infection during pregnancy, you may not be able to use certain medicines to fight it because of the risks to your unborn child.


Before getting a tattoo, make sure your glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels and blood sugar are under control. This reduces the risk of infection or inflammation of the wound during and after tattooing.

Blood coagulation disease and anticoagulants

If you have a blood clotting disorder or are using anticoagulants, your skin may bleed faster and longer during tattooing than in other people. To minimize the risk of major bleeding, large tattoos should be avoided. If you want one, have it done several times.

Skin illness

• If you have a chronic skin condition (such as psoriasis, atopic eczema or sarcoidosis of the skin), you may develop skin problems where you got the tattoo. This is called the Koebner phenomenon. To reduce the risks, it is clearly not recommended to get a tattoo when the skin disease is very active. Preferably, do not get tattoos on areas where your skin disease often occurs.

• Tattoos near warts increase the risk of the nodules spreading to the tattoo.

• If you have had melanoma (skin cancer) or if a family member has had it, it is not recommended to get a tattoo. On tattooed skin, melanomas are more difficult to detect at an early stage.

Impaired Immune System

Even when you get a tattoo safely, you are at risk of infection. If you have an immunity disorder or if you are taking medicines that can weaken the immune system, the risk is significantly increased.

Heart disease

• There is an increased risk of developing endocarditis (infection of the inner lining of the heart) from tattooing. It is not recommended to get a tattoo if your heart problem is not optimally controlled.

• Patients with one or more heart valves that function less well have a higher risk of infection.

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