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In this section, we will cover general questions asked by clients after the tattooing process. Remember, even if you are a self tattoo artist please keep in mind your own safety. We do not in any way condone the means of self tattooing, however if you do decide to do so we implore you to do it in the proper manner. Below, are the answers to the questions on tattoo aftercare. We will also answer some questions on pregnancy, and some other general questions in depth.

3. Can pregnancy affect a tattoo on my stomach or hip?

This will vary depending on each pregnancy, remember this is always a risk you take receiving an abdomen tattoo prior to pregnancy. Keeping your tattoo properly moisturized, by using a lotion high in vitamin E will reduce the risk of stretching, or splitting.

It will also depend on the placement of your tattoo, oddly enough tattoos closer to the genital area don’t tend to stretch quite as much. However, again this will depend on your body and how it reacts. Remember, that your stomach, or hip tattoos aren’t the only ones that may be effected by the pregnancy. Often times, breast, and even ankle tattoos will fall victim to the changes your body is going through. These stretches are generally mild, and can be fixed six months after breast feeding has ended.

4. Can I get an epidural with a lower back tattoo?

One that I myself held near and dear to my heart, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to receive the epidural. So, whether you need pain relief or are going in for an emergency C section, you will be just fine.

Doctors will use a small gauge needle to administer the drugs, and there as of now have no known effects on the pigment of tattoos. I myself, have had one due to an emergency C section. With a massive spance of my back tattooed, I did worry about the safety of my ink. However, it ended up unscathed and in better condition than I was. So, remember don’t worry too much about your ink it will be just fine.

5. How can I keep my tattoo from fading?

Well, fading is generally inevitable. However, first and foremost keep it out of the sun. You may also need to go in for touch ups once every five to six years to keep your tattoo looking as good as the first day. I know, you are probably thinking of the cost that it would incur to do such a task of touch ups. Just remember, much like your car a tattoo needs maintenance to look its best. In the long run, you will be much happier with your tattoo.

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