Skin expert Christie Kidd joins the panel to discuss why too much ink on the skin could be a bad choice, warning, “Think, before your ink.”
She warns that the massive amount of skin that these tattoos cover makes her job more difficult.
“I do skin exams on my patients every day during their annual mole check and I have many patients who have full body tattoos… and it’s really hard to see the mole. I wouldn’t think that they should be allowed to tattoo over the mole, but I have seen that. It takes 3 to 4 times longer to do a mole exam on somebody [with blackout tattoos],” she explains.
Christie says when doing a mole check she looks at these elements in a skin growth: if it's asymmetric, the border, the color variation, whether it has a large diameter and if it’s evolving.
She also notes that the amount of ink used to create a blackout tattoo is of concern. “Your skin is an organ. It’s the largest organ of your body. So, if you’re going to cover 85 percent of it in ink, there are probably going to be amounts of cobalt [present], they use iron, oxide has been found.”
The Doctors recommend that if you have a blackout tattoo, that you regularly see your dermatologist.