Getting a Tattoo After Surgery?

I had an appointment for a tattoo for my birthday before booking my surgery date. Now I will be having a mommy makeover Jan 31st so is getting a tattoo on my wrist Feb 10th ok or should I cancel the appt? If so then when would it be safe to get it? Or would it be safe to get it now & have time for it to heal before surgery?

Doctor Answers 14


You will have plenty on your plate with the Mommy Makeover recovery.  I would wait about 6 weeks before adding more trauma to your body.  Discuss with your surgeon though since he/she are in charge of your care.  Good luck.  Donald R. Nunn MD  Atlanta Plastic Surgeon

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Mommy makeover

Ten days after mommy makeover, you provably won't feel like shutting still for a tattoo.  I would recommend waiting about three weeks.

Ronald J. Edelson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Tattoo following mommy makeover

My advice would be to wait 2 months following your mommy makeover surgery before getting a tattoo.  As always, follow the guidance of your own plastic surgeon as he/she is responsible for your care.

Best of luck,

Christopher J. Morea, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Tattoo after surgery

I would be in favor of getting the tattoo and allowing it to heal before surgery. After surgery I'd play it safe and wait 4-6 weeks to allow yourself to heal - especially if your mommy makeover includes breast implants.

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Tattoo: Wait 4-6 Weeks After Mommy Makeover

We generally recommend waiting four to six weeks after a mommy makeover before proceeding with a tattoo. This allows adequate time for wound healing and resolution of swelling. At this point the risk of infection should be minimal. 

Tattoo timing

The risk of infection is generally low if done with proper technique and equipment, however I would recommend waiting 6 weeks after surgery before getting it done.  This is assuming you are healing properly from your surgery.  Good luck.

Mennen T. Gallas, MD
Katy Plastic Surgeon
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Tattoo Before or After Mommy Makeover?

  If the tattoo is separated from surgery by two weeks or so, transient bacteremia from the tattoo should be gone.  If an infection develops it should happen in 5 to 7 days.

A recent tattoo is not a contraindication to surgery.

There are plenty of reasons for you not to get the tattoo, but it's proximity to surgery is not an issue.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Tattoo before or after mommy makeover

Most likely a tattoo done now should be well healed for your January 31st surgery which is 8 weeks away.  Or you can do it after surgery but I would wait about 6-8 weeks after surgery so you are fully healed from the initial phase of healing.

Richard H. Lee, MD
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Getting a Tattoo After Surgery?

I think I would have to disagree with the other consultants. I do not think it safe to get a tattoo in the first few weeks after surgery. Tattoos can and do get infected and an infection can travel to the tissues around the breast implant necessitatng its removal. I have had this experience with a patient to got a tattoo 3 weeks after surgery. I think I would wait at least 8 weeks untill the breasts are well healed, or get it done now so the tattoo is healed before the breast surgery.

Ronald V. DeMars, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
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