Is It Okay to Under Go a Open Rhinoplasty After 3 Days of Getting a Tattoo on Either Side of the Ribs?

Is it okay to under go a open rhinoplasty after 3 days of getting a tattoo on either side of the ribs? and if one is quite small and the other is a bit bigger..example size of a mango and the other a size of a snow pea? Thanks!

Doctor Answers 6

Open Rhinoplasty 3 days after rib tattooing

Getting tattoos 3 days before surgery on your ribs will not affect your surgery unless there is a rib graft to be harvested (you would have been told). Good luck with your surgery!

Michael Kim, MD

Portland Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty after body tattooing

It is certainly acceptable to undergo rhinoplasty directly after having had tattooing.  Always a good idea to let your surgeon know.  

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty 3 Days after Tattoo Adjacent to Ribs

Tattoos will not interfere with having an open rhinoplasty 3 days later. However, if rib grafts are planned as part of the nasal surgery the tattoos should be avoided.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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I can't think of a contraindication, unless your tattoo sites are infected.  Your surgeon can best advise you based on his/her preferences.



Asif Pirani, MD, FRCS(C)

Asif Pirani, MD, FRCS(C)
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty after Tattoo on sides of ribs

There should not be any problem undergoing Rhinoplasty surgery after getting tattoos on the sides of your ribs.    

Michael I. Echavez, MD
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Rhinoplasty and Tattoo

I do not see a problem with having a Rhinoplasty after having tattoo near your ribs.  Make your surgeon aware of this, in case he has questions.

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

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