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This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Get Tattooed

whether you are preserving a memory or finding artistic ways to express yourself one thing is for sure tattoos are painful and despite that you’ll feel like going back for more

 in today’s article we’ll be discussing what happens to your body when you get tattooed why do they start fading over time what happens if you go sunbathing can it affect your mri scan we’re discussing all this and more

How tattoos evolved

 minimalistic to incredibly detailed tattoos are in vogue i’m sure you must have at least one person in your circle with a tattoo 29 of americans had at least one tattoo by the year 2015. do you think tattoos are a fad we’re not so sure this art form dates back thousands of years there is speculation that it began in the neolithic age later used for healing purposes and religious worshiping the oldest tattooed mummy of an ice man was found in the mountains of the alps in italy and was almost 5 300 years old archaeologists and researchers believe that almost 61 tattoos are homemade on his body using soot and bonfire ash what a crude way of getting inked, traditionally sailors soldiers and pirates also had tattoos it symbolized strength and endurance they even symbolized men and women belonging to particular tribes complete body tattooing is also popular in different parts of the globe they can have a cosmetic influence on beauty where eyebrows and lips are permanently inked although it has become trendy among young people it was not long ago that this fashionable practice was taboo in most cultures worldwide

What happens to your skin when you get inked

if you were to have a closer look at your skin structure under a microscope the cross section would show three layers the visible layer that holds your body together is called the epidermis the next layer is the dermis which has hair follicles sweat glands blood vessels and nerves embedded in it and at the base you’d find a layer of subcutaneous connective tissue and fat so whenever the tattoo artist starts working a bunch of tiny needles puncture your skin at a speed of 50 to 30 000 times per minute they’re aiming for the second layer of skin but the needles will first have to cross the epidermis before entering the dermis the surprising thing about the top layer of your skin is that it’s replaced completely in two to three weeks you shed millions of tiny skin cells every day so if that part of the skin was tattooed it would disappear in just three weeks hardly worth the pain this process creates micro injuries in your skin and activates your immune system the body considers the color pigments as foreign material and sends macrophages to tackle it you can call macrophages the scavengers of your blood they are your body’s anti-inflammatory agents and form whenever they sense irritation the repeated trauma and ink pigments stimulate the release of more and more macrophages most of them eat up the color pigment and stay put in the matrix of the skin the matrix is the extra space present between the cells and fibers that is filled with colorless and odorless gel like material larger color particles are also taken up by other cells called fibroblasts that make your tattoo permanent a few macrophages engulf these particles and start moving to the liver following the natural metabolism this is also the reason why your tattoo may appear a little lighter after a week or so

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