How to remove left over ink from when ps marked me up before surgery?

I'm only four days post op showered yesterday for first time after surgery still have some left over ink markings from when my ps marked me up before surgery. I didn't want to try to scrub the leftover off as my girls are still sore. Will this just come off with time or should I trying getting it off when they aren't as sore?

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How to remove left over ink from when ps marked me up before surgery?

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Jonathan Saunders, MD
Newark Plastic Surgeon


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You are only four days postop and showering for the first time, it is not unusual for the ink to still be present.  The markings will eventually fade without any special treatment.

Bryan Michelow, MD, FACS
Beachwood Plastic Surgeon

Remove surgical ink

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Thank you for your question. The ink will come off in time but you may use rubbing alcohol to speed up the process. 

Marking Pen Ink from Plastic Surgeon after Breast Augmentation #breastaugmentation

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  • It is normal for marking pen ink from your plastic surgeon to stick around on the skin for a couple days after your procedure.
  • This is nothing to worry about, and soon it will disappear with normal showering. 

Markings after breast augmentation

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With showering, the marks will come off on their own. I would not be too concerned about them for now. Talk to your plastic surgeon. I recommend normal gentle showering to remove the markings. If is still problematic I usually have my office staff remove the markings with an alcohol swab at one of their appointments. Before you engage in any of these recommendations, ask your surgeon first.

Ravi Somayazula, DO
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Pre Op Marking Ink

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Ink will usually wear off on it's own after a few washes or you could use a little rubbing alcohol on a q-tip but it won't harm you to leave it for now.
All the best

Ink on Skin

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The ink will come off with rubbing alcohol.  Do not use alcohol on any open skin.  Best wishes for a nice recovery.

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Removing surgery marker from skin

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Although the marker will gradually come off on its own  it can be removed with using a cotton ball moistened with rubbing alcohol.  Best of luck with your recovery

Raymond Jean MD 

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon  

Bryn Mawr, Philadelphia PA

Raymond Jean, MD
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

Ink on skin

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The ink will wear off gradually over time.  If it is bothersome you can use rubbing alcohol and gently wipe the area.  Do not use the alcohol on any open skin.

Camille Cash, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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