How a Lower Hip Tattoo Be Avoided During Tummy Tuck?

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Tattoo may not be affected by tummy tuck

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This depends on how much excess skin you have as well as the exact location of your tattoo. It is possible that the tattoo is totally unaffected by your tummy tuck.

Avoiding Tattoo during Tummy Tuck

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Of course it depends on how low on the hip the tattoo is but if it's low it should be able to be avoided.  The incision for a tummy tuck is above the hip.  And even when the lower skin from the legs is pulled up it shouldn't be a problem.

Yes tattoo can be avoided during tummy tcuk

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This is quite easy to do but not so easy to avoid a scar which is now visible in certain garments such as underwear or bikini.

Location of tummy tuck scar

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The location and shape of a tummy tuck scar can be varied quite a bit.  If your tattoo is in your lower hip, it can probably be avoided with proper planning.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon

It depends on the tattoo location and on your body

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Each patient having a tummy tuck has a natural incision line built into them where the scar would be best.  If the tattoo falls outside of that line and outside of the skin that would be removed, it would stay untouched.  If it were removed or partially removed, it would need to be redone. 

Tummy tuck incisions

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Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty incisions are typically located in the same lines as the natural skin fold in your lower abodmen - this usually corresponds to just below the line of your panties. If your tatoo is along this line, it may be affected by the incisions. You can discuss with your surgeon raising the incision a bit, but then you are compromising the cosmetic results of your surgery. If you post a picture, we may be able to give you more specific advice. Good luck.

Tattoo can sometimes be avoided during Tummy Tuck

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It really depends upon where exactly your tattoo is and of course how much skin you have that should be removed. This is something to discuss with your surgeon before your operation.

John P. Di Saia, MD
Orange Plastic Surgeon

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