Fascinating Ways Your Body Benefits From Tattoos

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People often have opinions (with a capital O) about tattoos, whether they’re in favor or against. And while there are certainly lots of personal considerations when you’re thinking about getting a tattoo, like what kind of tattoo you want to get, where you want to have it done, and what part of the body you want tattooed, there are also some well-publicized drawbacks to getting a tattoo at all. But if your artist uses top quality supplies from vendors such as TATSoul, there are also some fascinating ways your body benefits from tattoos, according to science, that you might not know as much about, or haven’t spent as much time thinking about when determining if and when to get a tattoo, as well as how many tattoos you want to get.

They Might Help With Anxiety & Depression

You might not think that tattoos could have any influence on your depression or anxiety, and, while getting a tattoo won’t treat your anxiety or depression, it might help you cope with the conditions. Dr. David Klemanski, PsyD, MPH, a visiting assistant professor of applied psychology at New York University, told Tonic that these kinds of tattoos, tattoos that are intended to remind you of what you’ve been through, can also help you own the difficulties you’ve overcome and show you that you’re strong, brave, and capable.

If You Already Have Tattoos, A New One Might Boost Your Immune System

The first time you get a tattoo, it won’t have a positive effect on your immune system, but a study found that subsequent tattoos might. A 2016 study published in the American Journal of Human Biology found that if you already have one tattoo, your immune system will experience a boost the next time you get a tattoo because the body will have experienced that particular trauma before. But the study was small and it’s possible that people with boosted immune systems have better tattoo experiences — healing faster — and so are more likely to go back and get another. So there’s still more research needed in this area.

They Might Increase Body Positivity

For some people, getting a tattoo has the added benefit of increasing their body positivity too. Plus-size blogger and alternative model Sam Roswell told Bustle that she thinks that tattoos can allow you to see the parts of your body that you may not like in different ways, encouraging you to appreciate those parts of you a little bit more. Transforming a part of your body (or your entire body) by adding tattoos is something that, in this case, might let you redefine that part of you on your own terms.

They Might Boost Your Self-Esteem

Similar to the effect that tattoos might be able to have in terms of coping with depression or anxiety, a study from Texas Tech University found that multiple tattoos might increase women’s self-esteem, as Science Daily reported, but noted that researchers found that the women with multiple tattoos who had higher self-esteem also had more previous suicide attempts. Researcher Jerome Koch told Science Daily that this might be a case of these women transforming difficult things into something empowering. Like with body positivity, it gives them the power over their own experiences.

They Might Help Track Medical Conditions In The Future

This is something that is still uncertain, but it’s possible that tattoos might be able to help patients and physicians track certain medical conditions in the future. Researchers from Harvard Medical School and MIT are investigating the potential for biosensor tattoos to track things like diabetes, hypertension, and electrolyte imbalances. The website for the DermalAbyss project says that their first study showed “promising” results, but that there are further phases of research required and more study necessary to know if this might really have a big impact in the future.