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A Tattoo's Effect on the Integumentary System

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Genie Zhu

on 19 November 2012

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Transcript of A Tattoo's Effect on the Integumentary System

A Tattoo is created by puncturing the dermis layer of the skin and injecting ink. It can result in negative consequences. Immune Response Scarring and Removal Pain Increased Risk Redness and Bleeding Effects of Tattoos on the Integumentary System Do You Really Want To Get A Tattoo? The dermis contains nociceptors which are your pain receptors that sense the puncturing of your dermis, making a tattoo insertion very painful. Your dermis also contains your arteries, vein and blood vessels and puncturing might cause bleeding. Your skin is sensitive and when it is punctured the pacinian corpuscle feels the irritation and therefore you get redness. A tattoo is an open wound that can allow pathogens to enter your body and if you are sick or have a weak immune system your body might not be able to fight off the pathogens. Over time the tattoo ink is absorbed deeper into the skin to the hypodermis and gets absorbed into your body. Tattoo ink contains certain minerals, salts and dyes that could be harmful to your body. Removing a tattoo is a painful process. It leaves granulomas which form when your immune system attempts to block off a foreign object. Keloids can also result from the overgrowth of granulation tissues.
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