Laser Tattoo Removal Before Tummy Tuck?

I am 5'3'' and weigh about 131 lbs. I have excess skin left over from pregnancy that wrinkles up above problem is I also have a tattoo of a daisy chain around my belly button. Can I have Laser Tattoo Removal before undergoing Tummy Tuck? If so, how soon after the procedure can I have Tummy Tuck?

Doctor Answers 19

Have the Tummy Tuck first

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As everyone else has resoundingly said below - have the tummy tuck first. I would not consider a higher scar than usual because scars are permanent and a higher scar will be visible above your panty line. Choose a normal low scar and when you have healed you can treat the remaining tattoo with removal. An even cheaper and simpler scenario is to revise the tattoo in its lower position and combine the new part of the tattoo with camouflage for the scar. The central part of the tummy tuck scar is often the most visible, so a continuation of the tattoo over the scar may work great, unless you want to completely remove the tattoo.

Laser Tattoo Removal Before Tummy Tuck?

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I also agree with everyone below that you should have the tummy tuck first to see how much of the tattoo is removed then have the laser tattoo removal.

Tattoo Removal generally not advisable before Abdominoplasty

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Depending on the location of the tattoo, you may not need to undergo the laser removal, the tattoo might be in an area where the skin is being resected. Generally speaking, you would seek to avoid damaging any of the skin that might be under stretch as part of the surgery, so I would recommend that laser tattoo removal not be undertaken prior to abdominoplasty. However, the issue should be evaluated on an individual basis, and during the consultation, the surgeon can help determine what would be the safest course of action to take.

Manish Raj Gupta, MD
Toledo Plastic Surgeon

Tummy tuck first then remove what is left of the tattoo

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As the doctor stated above, tattoo removal will take a very long time, over a year and multiple treatments.

A tummy tuck will remove about half of the tattoo and what is left will be low near your bathing suit line. There will also be fewer laser treatments necessary to remove the tatoo if half is removed by surgery.

Ask your doctor for his opinion, but I would do the tummy tuck first.

Would make more sense to do it after

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it will probably take many laser treatments to remove the tattoo, so your surgery might be waiting awhile. if you have the surgery first, there will probably be some of the tattoo removed , leaving less work to do with the laser.

Bruce K. Barach, MD
Schenectady Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Wait until after a tummy tuck before considering tattoo removal

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Thank you for your question.  If you are considering having a tummy tuck procedure, my advice would be to wait on tattoo removal until after your tummy tuck procedure and you have fully healed.  I would caution patients from doing anything to their abdominal region in advance of a tummy tuck that could potentially damage the abdominal skin (like tattoo removal can).  Damage to the abdominal skin before a tummy tuck could affect the ability for that skin to stretch and ultimately compromise your surgical results.  Moreover, it is reasonable to expect that at least a portion of your tattoo will be removed because it is in an area that is commonly resected.  I would recommend holding off until after your tummy tuck before undergoing any laser tattoo removal procedures on your abdomen.  Schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your specific case, how much of your tattoo that you can reasonably expect to be removed and what the safest course of action is.  I hope you find this helpful and best of luck!   

Tummy Tuck and tattoo removal.

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I would recommend that you have your tummy tuck procedure first and you tattoo removal second. 

Tattoo removal and tummy tuck

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Thank you for your question, and for posting your photograph.  From what I can see, you'd be an excellent candidate for a tummy tuck.  Regarding your tattoo, the operation would likely eliminate the portion of the artwork that lies at the level of the belly button and below; the upper portion would remain, and would sit along the upper border of the lower abdominal tummy tuck incision.  While laser tattoo removal would be a possibility prior to surgery, I would recommend waiting until after surgery is complete - only a small portion of the tattoo will remain, and will be in a much less visible position.  If you'd still like the tattoo removed, I would recommend waiting at least 3-6 months after surgery, to allow for maturation of the surgical scar before laser treatment in the area.


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I would suggest you wait until after the tummy tuck to have tattoo removal.  The majority of the tattoo should come off surgically.

Tummy tuck

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See your plastic surgeon first. The surgery alone might remove the tattoo Or it could be repositioned, possible in a place that you like. 

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 123 reviews

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