The main consequence of getting a tongue tattoo is the elevated risk of cross-contamination, skin irritation and infection, which may cause permanent deformity, scarring and severe illness, according to the University Health Service of the University of Michigan. The dye used in tattooing is a major cause of irritations and allergic reactions.
The UHS explains that tattooing the skin can cause bleeding, and there is a higher risk of infection when a person has an open wound. Infections at the tattooed area can lead to permanent deformity, scarring, serious diseases and even death, particularly when the skin gets infected with resistant organisms, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Moreover, a person has higher risks of cross-contamination when the needles and equipment used in tattooing are old or improperly sterilized. When proper hygienic guidelines are not followed, it is possible to transmit blood-borne diseases, including tetanus, tuberculosis, HIV, and hepatitis B and C.
Getting a tongue tattoo also exposes a person to risks of skin irritations and allergic reactions as most dyes used in tattooing are made from metals, says the UHS. When irritation occurs, the tattooed area itches and does not appear as it should. Removing the parts of the tattoo that cause irritation is the main treatment for allergic reactions.