A medical tattoo is used to communicate a condition, information, or mark a body location. It was first started by Galen in 150 CE. When he tried to fix the corneal issue by using a medical tattoo technique. Around the 1870s this medical tattooing starts gaining popularity due to the efforts of Louis Von Wecker.
Medical Tattoos serves a variety of medical purposes, such as medical alert tattoos, radiotherapy tattoos, post-mastectomy tattoos. For example, in case of an emergency a medical tattoo indicating that the patient has a medical diabetic condition, because sometimes patient fall into a diabetic coma and is unable to communicate to the responders.
In the US Military, soldiers are inked with their vital information on the side of their rib cage, beneath their armpit, which helps in identification when needed. These tattoos are known as “Meat Tags”.
Medical tattoos also act as a solution for skin injuries by giving visual improvement. For example, restoration of areola and nipple, reducing scars, and scalp treatments, yielding natural and appealing results. Hence, acting like a big boost for the person both physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Medical tattoos generally have two broad categories namely
1) Medical alert tattoo
A medical alert tattoo communicates critical medical knowledge about a person, such as a skin or chemical allergy, the presence of any chronic disease, or any other medical condition.
Medical tattoos are a great replacement of traditional medical alert bracelets, which can get lost often or are sometimes not suitable for skin types with an allergy to metals.
Medical alert tattoos are growing in popularity, but people often get confused to place them so that, though they remain easy to find for medical personnel but are not too exposed to be publicly visible.
There are various types of medical alert tattoos such as Diabetic Band Tattoo, Do Not Resuscitate Tattoos, Penicillin Med Alert Tattoo, Epilepsy condition tattoo, and Tattoos to Cover Breast Cancer Treatment.
2) Medical symbol tattoos
It is symbolized by caduceus symbol which is comprised of two snakes intertwined around a staff fitted with wings on the top. The caduceus depicts the human body with staff as the spine, the two snakes represent the moon and the sun, together they control our bosy organs.
Not only Caduceus tattoo looks very cool and badass, but it is also a mark of pride and dedication for medical students, doctors, and nurses.
Caduceus tattoos Signify various sentiments and traits such as Life, Magic, Honour, Health, Travel, Healing, Renewal, Wisdom, Fertility, Dualism, and Vitality.
If you have any medical condition, or you are a medical personnel. Or you just want an impressive looking, cool tattoo, Medical tattoo can be a great choice. Have a look at our collection of awesome medical tattoos.
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