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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?

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Tattoo following mommy makeover

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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,

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Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Tattoo after surgery

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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.
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Tattoo: Wait 4-6 Weeks After Mommy Makeover

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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. 
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Tattoo timing

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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.

Katy Plastic Surgeon
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Tattoo Before or After Mommy Makeover?

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  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.

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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A recent tattoo is not a contraindication to surgery.

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

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Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Tattoo before or after mommy makeover

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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.

Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Getting a Tattoo After Surgery?

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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.

Portland Plastic Surgeon
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Timing to Get Tattoo in Relation to Mommy Makeover Surgery?

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More than likely you will be fine either way,  but if it were me I would have it done now and not plan on spending time in a tattoo parlor 10 days after major surgery.

Best wishes with your upcoming procedures.

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San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Tatto on wrist.

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It should be safe to get the tattoo at this point, but you will be only 10 days from surgery. If there's no hurry why not wait? I would be curious what your PS opines? Best wishes, Aldo.

Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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