How Will Mini or Full Tummy Tuck Affect my Tattoo?

Should I get a mini or Full Tummy Tuck and what will it do to my tattoos. I'm 18 and just had a little boy. I gained 55lbs during my pregnancy and have lost all but 10lbs and now have a flab of skin that I can't get rid of.

I just want to look like I use to and am not sure if I could get by with a mini or need a full to fix my sagging belly button. I also have a very large tattoo on my stomach and would like to know if it would completely removed by it or how much of it will be left if not.

Doctor Answers 31

Full Tummy tuck and Tattoo

If you are done having children, a Full Tummy Tuck will give you the BEST result ; a tighter body than you had before your pregnancy(ies), it will flatten your tummy, bring the separated six pack muscles together, narrow your waist, remove the loose skin between the belly button and the Mons pubis (including that part of the ink off) and lift a potentially droopy mons pubis up.

As regards your Tattoo - While the art will go, the Mis-spelled (Vivre pour le Moment) will remain but move closer to your panty line.

que sera sera...

Dr. P. Aldea

Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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How Will Mini or Full Tummy Tuck Affect my Tattoo?

I agree that you should wait until you are done having kids to have a tummy tuck. From what I can see I think you would need a full tummy tuck. Your tattoo will be affected by the tummy tuck and the whole tattoo would not be removed but a good amount of it would be taken out.

Fereydoon S. Mahjouri, MD
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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At 18, you should wait for a tummy tuck

Tummy tucks (full or minis) should only be done when you are completely done having children.  At that time, you will need a full tummy tuck and most, but not all, of your tattoo will be removed and you will need to re-do what's left. 

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and tattoo

I'm sure you are aware of the phrase on your abdomen which translated means live for the moment or in other words Carpe Diem. As an 18 year old, you have many decisions to make now that you are a parent. One is the choice of having more children in the near future. If the answer is yes, you may want to put off any treatment at this point because it will be undone. No-one can take you back to the way you looked prior to pregnancy. However, your options for treating the loose skin are most likely a full tummy tuck. The amount of skin removal is difficult to predict but based on my experience, your entire ?butterfly? will be removed and your Bon Vivant phrase will be transferred to your lower belly just above your belt line.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Tattoo and a tummy tuck

Yes you will lose some of your tattoo with a tummy tuck. If you have an in person consultation with a Plastic Surgeon they will be able to give you a better idea of how much of your tattoo will be cut away when you have a tummy tuck. 

Francis X. Fleming, MD
Kennewick Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Mini tummy tuck vs full tummy tuck - what will happen to my tattoo?

It is hard to tell from the submitted image, but it appears you may be a candidate for mini tummy tuck. Less skin is removed with a mini tummy tuck so only part of your tattoo would be removed and it would not look 'right' after surgery. If you are in fact a candidate for a full tummy tuck, the entire lower tattoo would likely be removed.

I hope this is helpful.

Bryan Correa, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Tummy tuck and abdominal tattoo

Thank you for posting your photograph, and congratulations on the birth of your son.  From the picture, it appears that you'd be an excellent candidate for a full tummy tuck.  The operation would effectively remove the lax skin from your lower belly and from above your belly button, and would tighten and flatten your abdominal wall beautifully.  The tradeoff, however, would be a significant alteration to the appearance of your tattoo.  All, or nearly all, of the portion of the tattoo below your belly button would be removed; the line of words above the belly button would be somewhat stretched vertically and would would be moved to a position below the belly button.  That said, a new tattoo is a great way to hide a tummy tuck scar - so some revision to your artwork might be a consideration.  Good luck!

Joshua D. Zuckerman, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

Full tummy tuck

With a full tummy tuck, most of your tattoo will be remove, the rest will be moved down.  Your belly button will require a full tummy tuck.

Gary Lawton, MD, FACS
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 136 reviews

Skin Removal with Tummy Tuck

All the skin below the belly button is removed with a full tummy tuck and half the skin with a modified.  The belly button is recreated with a full and left alone with a modified.  A full tummy tuck contours the upper and lower abdomen and only the lower with a modified.  The amount of tatoo remaining depends on the level of the scar. To keep a lower scar, some of the lateral tatoo will remain.  If you want a higher scar, then the tatoo could be completely removed.

Christopher J. Kovanda, MD
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

Tattoo Affected By Tummy Tuck

You will probably need a full tummy tuck to eliminate the excess skin and fat in your midsection. Your tattoo will not be completely removed, however it will be partially, negatively affecting its meaning. As a result, you'll probably need to get it redone after you've fully recovered.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 179 reviews

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