A question for all diabetics that got tattoos.

By KG66 Latest Reply 2013-09-26 15:18:48 -0500
Started 2013-08-01 20:20:44 -0500

So I posted a discussion last year about diabetic tattoos and changed my mind on that one. Now I would just love a more artistic tattoo . I know it takes us longer to heal if our BGs aren't great. I was just wondering how everyone tattoos healed when they got theirs? I'm making sure to take all precautions before going for it! Please let me know I would appreciate it! :D

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Chris Clement
Chris Clement 2013-09-26 15:18:48 -0500 Report

Diabetes awareness month is coming, and this year I'm embracing diabetes with something as permanent as the disease itself.

I'm scheduled to get my first tattoo 48 hrs from this very moment. It is going to be both artistic and 'diabetic.' I'm severely stoked. But I'm also ridiculously nervous because, although my BG and last A1C are very good right now, I get all anxious about ripping my flesh and trying to heal without diabetes getting in the way. I'm not worried about my ability to heal, but that I will have issues with slower healing and scabbing ruining the piece.

I'll definitely be prepared with a sugar bomb in case I drop; I anticipate a 3-4 hr session.

bexcripps 2013-08-14 16:03:51 -0500 Report

I have a tattoo in between my shoulder blades. I chose this place because there is more blood flow in your torso and to reduce infection. Any cuts on my hands or feet take months to heal and often get infected however with good aftercare and applying healing cream there was no issue. My tattoo artist made sure that i saw that the needles used were in sterilised packages, he wore gloves and was a very hygienic studio. I would pay more to have it done at a good place as well :)

Sapphire89 2013-08-13 17:10:11 -0500 Report

Ive had diabetes for 22 years and have 4 tattoos. I haven't had any problems. If your tattoo is going to be large, bring something with you in case you go low. I had a piece that took 4 hours and had to take a break in the middle because my blood sugar was dropping.

Nova69 2013-08-05 21:53:03 -0500 Report

I got one a a number of years ago - flames on my lower arm to match my hot rod. I'm Type II and had no problems at all. I do recommend that you treat the 'tat with an antibiotic cream until healing is complete. After that, a moisturizing cream will help preserve the color. Excessive sun will cause fading.

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-04 07:01:18 -0500 Report

I've been considering an artistic medical alert tattoo. It seems it would be a permanent solution. Jewelry breaks or gets lost. I think it's important to make sure it is visible and obvious. Im thinking about an arm band, something pretty yet clearly and obviously stated.

sydneydiane 2013-08-03 11:26:06 -0500 Report

Im a Type 1 of only 6 months and I've gotten 5 tattoos, two of which are on my feet.. they have healed beautifully for me. I just kept my sugars in check and kept A&D ointment on the tattoos. I say go for it. my favorite tattoo is the one I have on the outside forearm/wrist that says diabetic T1 and my diagnosis date in pretty cursive. I get so many compliments (:

AliB1980 2013-08-02 15:50:09 -0500 Report

I am type 1 diabetic 15 years - have two tattoos and just made sure my bloods were good for healing and also here's a weird tip - use Preparation H or haemorrhoid cream on your tattoo - it shrinks the bloody vessels around the tattoo and makes the top layer of skin scab up and peel off in literally a few days!! It worked for both of mine in no time and they turned out great!! Good luck - and remember something which is on your body for life needs to be in a place you will not regret and should have a personal meaning to you - that way they always make you smile - even years from now!!

KG66 2013-08-02 21:17:31 -0500 Report

Thanks for the advice! :D I've been thinking of getting a tattoo with the diabetes ribbon on my rib cage. Since I will have diabetes for the rest of my life. Even if a cure is ever found I will still have stories to tell people! :P

AliB1980 2013-08-03 02:45:40 -0500 Report

I was thinking of kind of the same - a medic alert symbol on my rib cage - word of warning - anything on bone (your ribs) is more painful than on fleshier parts of the body - however if your pain threshold is pretty ok then you'll be fine!! Oh and when its healing it feels like a carpet burn!! :)

Chris Clement
Chris Clement 2013-08-02 14:53:04 -0500 Report

I'm going to be getting one this year. My A1C is definitely not the best, and I have been type 1 for over 15 years. However, I have never had a problem with healing, even with a high A1C. I'm not saying don't be concerned, but I for one am not too worried. I just plan to be cautions and avoid infection. It will be my first ink.

swinaz 2013-08-01 23:44:27 -0500 Report

This is a great question!! Not sure that I will be off any help. I was just diagnosed but my last tattoo was in Oct. I healed great and always have with everything. But no telling how my sugars were then. I am curious to see how others have done. Good luck.