Tattoo before implants?

Is it okay to have a tattoo before having breast implants ? if yes how much time do you recommend to leave before doing the implants?

Doctor Answers 2

Tattoo before implants

Normally, it's probably not a good idea to get any kind of skin treatment, including tattoos, right before surgery. This is because these treatments compromise the quality of your skin, essentially "damaging" it and making it more sensitive—and your skin (and body) should be in its best state so that it can recover better from your surgery. Being in a better state also decreases the risk of complications that could occur, such as infection.

Having said that, however, if it's far away from the treatment area, like on your ankle, and it's small, then it might be okay. But keep in mind that your surgery may be postponed if you suffer from a complication related to getting the tattoo.

The best thing you should do is to ask your surgeon about this. Best of luck!

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Tattoo before implants?

Yes, it is possible to have your tattoo placed prior to breast augmentation surgery. I would give yourself several months in between the 2 “procedures”. That way, in the event of an infection associated with your tattoo placement, the breast augmentation surgery will not need to be postponed. Also, if you plan to have a tattoo placed on your chest, make sure that it will not be placed on an area that will cause the tattoo to be “distorted” after the breast augmentation procedure.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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