Breast Implants + Tattoos + Antibiotics?

Hello, I am aware about the suggestion of taking antibiotics before any dental works, but what about when getting a tattoo done? Would it be a good idea also? Thank you very much.

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Breast implants and tatoos

Antibiotics are overused for most patients. If there are concerns that your tatoo person is not using sterile procedure I would consider using a different tatoo parlor over antibiotics.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Antibiotics for tattoos with breast implants

There is no sound information if antibiotics are indicated for those who will have a tattoo, or even dental work for that matter. Some tattoo artists even practice good asepsis, or they should.

Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Antibiotics With Implants And Tattoo

Most plastic surgeons would not recommend taking antibiotics when having a tattoo with breast implants in place.  In fact, most plastic surgeons would not recommend the use of antiotics with implants when having dental procedures.

John Whitt, MD (retired)
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Implants + Tattoos + Antibiotics?

No one is likely to have a scientific answer to this, so we are left with balancing risks and benefits to the best of our ability.

  • Dental work--sometimes( but not always bloodless) work in a bacteria laden field. There is no clear consensus here, some recommend, some don't recommend antibiotics.
  • Tattoo--cleaner area (skin) with many fewer bacteria, but clearly invasive (bleeding). I would consider the risks to be similar.  

The risk of a single dose of antibiotics is rather small. The benefit of avoiding infection or capsular contracture sounds large, but the number of problems prevented may be small enough that the risk may be greater than the benefit, and there lies the absence of consensus among surgeons.

Do check with your own surgeon, who will have to decide to write the prescription!

Thank you for your question, best wishes.

Antibiotics before Getting Tattoo after Breast Augmentation?

There is no scientific study that I am aware of regarding the incidence of bacteremia associated with people getting tattoos; I do not think that there is an indication for taking antibiotics prior to getting a tattoo done.

Best wishes.

Breast Implants and Antibiotics for Other Medical Procedures

There is no scientific evidence that antibiotics prevent infection around implants at the time of dental procedures, or any procedure, including tatoos..  The same is true of people that have other material in their body such as pacemakers or artificial hips.  In fact use of antibiotics might be considered unsafe, contributing to more organisms that are drug resistant. Please review the Medical Letters review of this subject in 2012  (Med Lett Drugs Ther 2012; 54.

Mary Lee Peters, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Hi Kuromi,

I do not routinely recommend that woman who has undergone Breast Augmentation go on antibiotics prior to having a tattoo.

Todd B. Koch, MD
Buffalo Plastic Surgeon
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