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 16

Wait two weeks.

Even though the tattoo you want to get is on your wrist and not anywhere near the operative incisions for your mommy makeover, it is important to separate the two time wise.In general we like at least a month after any surgery before a tattoo so that wounds are sealed and most of the early healing has happened before making a new “injury” with the tattoo.In the particular incidence of a mommy makeover with an implant the time actually needs to be longer. The problem with a tattoo is that tattooing needles penetrate the skin, and can potentially introduce bacteria into the skin or even into the blood stream and set up for an infection.Before 2 months the tissue around the implant is still in the process of healing, and it has not yet built up a scar tissue barrier around itself.Bacteria in the blood stream can get into the space around the implant and set up for or “seed” the area with infection.During that time any invasive procedures (like dental cleanings, elective surgeries, and colonoscopy) need to be avoided.If infections would get started around the implant it is very hard to treat and can sometimes make it necessary to remove the implant to get you healthy again.The best bet is to wait until 2 months after your mommy makeover to get your tattoo to avoid these problems.The other possibility is have your tattoo soon, and as long as it is completely healed before your surgery, then it will not cause any trouble.I would recommend at least 2 weeks before your mommy makeover to be certain you don’t have any problems that would cause you to have to delay your surgery or take unnecessary risks.

Tattoo after mommy makeover

From a surgical standpoint it is safe to have your wrist tattooed 10d after your mommy makeover. However, you may not feel like having this done at that time... 

Good luck!

Bryan Correa, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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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

Donald Nunn, MD
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,

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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