We've all heard the phrase, "your body is a temple." However, many people interpret that adage in different ways. For some, treating their body like a temple means taking care to exercise, hydrate, get enough sleep, and get plenty of vitamins and minerals in their diets.
For others, it's all about decorating the temple with lots of tattoos.
At Lone Star IV Medics, we get it. We know that tattoos are safe, and they can be a great way to express yourself, commemorate a special person or moment in your life, or simply have fun with your look. We also know that a healthy diet rich in vitamins and hydration, along with IV therapy, can help you have a healthy body and beautiful skin.
But what if you want both? Tattoos and a healthy body?
There are some rumors out there about getting IV therapy when you have tattoos. Here, we’ll take a closer look at this topic and help tattoo enthusiasts learn more about IV therapy.
When someone with a tattoo on their arm wants to try IV therapy, some questions often come up. Can we start an IV through the tattoo? Are there any risks involved? And will the IV affect the look of the tattoo? We understand these concerns, and our team is happy to answer these questions.
Getting an IV treatment when you have an arm tattoo is not much different from getting IV therapy without one. The healthcare providers at Lone Star IV Medics are skilled and experienced, and they are familiar with administering IVs — regardless of whether you have a tattoo.
When you make an appointment with us, our team of medical professionals will come to your home and administer your IV. You'll be able to enjoy the benefits of vitamins right in your living room, and your tattoo won't get in our way.
While it is possible to get IV therapy when you have a tattoo, we will admit that the process does require a little extra care. This is because the colors of the tattoo can make it more difficult to find a vein in which to place the IV.
How do we get around this issue? By finding a vein by feel instead of by sight. This process is called “palpation,” and it is a common technique used for patients whose veins are difficult to see (for example, individuals with dark skin tones or dark-colored tattoos). Once we find a suitable vein, we’ll use an alcohol swab to clean the injection site and create a contrast between that area and the rest of the skin. Some nurses may also use a pen cap to create a “landmark” for inserting the needle for your infusion.
Just like that, your IV vitamin therapy can begin! The process here is the same whether you have tattoos or not: You get to relax on the couch while your body receives a heaping dose of vitamins, minerals, fluids, and electrolytes. A 30- to 45-minute infusion is a great way to enhance your overall health and wellness, resulting in more energy, greater mental clarity, healthier skin, and a whole lot more.
How safe is it to get IV therapy with a tattoo? The short answer is "very safe!" healthcare providers give tattooed patients IVs all the time, so there’s no reason to worry about the “dangers” of a tattoo interfering with your IV rehydration treatment.
However, we at Lone Star IV Medics want our patients to have all the information they need to get their IV treatments with confidence — and we know that there are some rumored risks of tattoos and IVs floating around. So, let’s talk about some of these risks and what you can expect from your treatment.
One risk you face when getting an IV over a tattoo is potential scarring at the injection site. This can happen if the healthcare provider inserts the IV incorrectly or if they have trouble finding a vein and try multiple injection sites. The team at Lone Star IV Medics does our very best to avoid this issue by checking carefully for veins and using other tools to indent the skin and mark the injection site more clearly.
Another risk of tattoos and IV therapy you may have heard about is the risk of ink "bleeding" into the bloodstream through the IV. While this is a common concern you might read about online, it’s not something you need to worry about. Firstly, the risk of ink particles getting into your IV is very low. Secondly, even if some ink did make its way into your bloodstream, your body would simply process it out through your lymphatic system. (In fact, that’s how tattoo removal works.)
Tattoos are safe for all our IV therapy packages. But of course, the Lone Star IV Medics team wants you to feel comfortable throughout your IV treatment. If you’re concerned about how the IV might affect your tattoos, let us know, and we’ll do our best to find a vein we can use in a non-tattooed area. At the end of the day, we want you to enjoy the benefits of IV therapy without any worries!
Lone Star IV Medics is proud to be one of the best providers of IV therapy in Texas. Our team is dedicated to helping you replenish your body with all the essential vitamins and minerals, so your “temple” can be better than ever.
If you have any questions about IV therapy and tattoos, feel free to contact us. Or, if you want to give IV therapy a try, check out our schedule online and book an appointment today! We’re ready to help you experience the many benefits of rapid hydration and vitamin infusions.