What is a tattoo? A tattoo is a permanent mark or design made on the skin by inserting colored pigments with the aid of a needle into the skin. Why am I even talking about this? Well, I have been asked quite a few times if the mark on the skin covering a little portion of my collar bone is a tattoo. No it’s not. It is actually a birthmark.
There are different types of birthmarks. But my focus is on the type of birthmark on me 🙂 It is a vascular anomaly (when blood vessels collect under the skin) called hemangioma. Also known as infantile or strawberry hemangioma because of when it occurs and its appearance respectively. This type of birthmark usually appears and grows anywhere on the body of an infant between the first and fourth week after birth. Sometimes, it actually fades away as the infant grows. Apparently, mine didn’t.
So what are the health implications of this type of birthmark? It is rarely harmful but I read somewhere that a large hemangioma is dangerous. This is because it can lead to heart failure. How? I don’t know. I am not a medical personnel. But I read that it has to do with the pulling of blood platelets from the bloodstream. This happens when the large hemangioma is deep in the skin. So perhaps you should not take for granted this type of birthmark on that infant of yours. Let the doctors do their thing.
Back to this tattoo thing. Why do people get tattoos? What do they stand for? I obviously cannot answer these questions since I do not have a tattoo. But if you are a Christian and you are wondering whether or not to get a tattoo, why don’t you check out Leveticus 19:28 and see if it will help you make up your mind either way. And hey! If you already have one, don’t sweat it! Keep looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith. 🙂
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