Can I Get a Tattoo 3 Days Post- Breast Augmentation?

Would It Be Ok to Get a Tattoo 3 Days After Breast Implants on my Forearm?

Doctor Answers 12

Tattoo 3 days after breast augmentation is probably safe. Reread the word BEFORE safe!

I agree with my colleagues who advise waiting. Though the risks are extremely low, why take any unnecessary risk? Do you really want a tattoo to distract people from looking at your chest? Even if this tattoo is something you have planned for a long time and entirely separately from your breast enlargement surgery, there really is no reason to have it done during a time when you are still healing, and susceptible to bacteremia if your tattoo were to become infected.

Besides, tattoos are often more permanent than the desire to have them--I perform laser tattoo removal all the time for patients whose lives, wants, and "forever" beliefs somehow change. Consider a small, inconspicuous, and easily-removed tattoo if you MUST have one! BTW, my daughters have tattoos--they got the same advice from Dad.

Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Implants - A Tattoo at 3 Days?

Hi Allykat4 in Canada,

Probably - but I would advise against it.  We usually recommend not doing anything for three weeks post operatively, in order to give everything a chance to heal.  That includes exercise, lifting, etc.  While a tattoo seems like a minor procedure there is always a risk of infection and, because of that, I'd advise holding off.  You should, of course, talk to your own plastic surgeon.

I hope that this helps, and good luck,

Dr. E

Alan M. Engler, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Can I Get a Tattoo 3 Days Post- Breast Augmentation?

The best advise is why hurry wait until full 3 weeks of healing or even longer. The risks of a possible infection from the tattoo is my concern. 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Tattoo after breast augmentation

I would wait to get a tattoo until you are completely healed from your breast augmentation.  Once things are healed, you propbably can get a tattoo. Check with your surgeon.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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When Can I Get a Tattoo After Breast Augmentation

Dear Allykat4,

I would wait at least a few weeks, if not months, before getting a tattoo after undergoing breast augmentation. While getting a tattoo is normally relatively safe, there is a small chance that it could cause an infection, which could affect your breast implants. As others have said, why take an extra chance when you don't have to?

Warmest wishes,

Larry Fan, MD

Larry Fan, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Breast augmentation and tattoos

The likelihood that you may develop and infection in your breasts after getting a tattoo on your forearm is remarkably low. The real question is this: why take the risk? Unless there is some medical reason for the tattoo, I recommend waiting a few months or whenever your surgeon feels comfortable with the idea. Or, think of it this way- considering the money you spent for your surgery, is getting the tattoo right now the best idea?

Derek Lou, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Tattoo three days after breast augmentation, should you

You can get a tattoo three days after breast augmentation, but should you? The risk to you or your breast implants is incredibly low, and you may shed more bacteria in your bloodstream brushing your teeth. You can get a tattoo. Back to the should you issue. If the tattoo has been something that you have wanted and planned for it sounds OK. If it is of the moment, to celebrate your big event, let the breast implants speak for themselves.

Best of luck,


Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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No Tattoo

No Tattoo this early on-you need to wait several months and consult with your PS when it's safe to go ahead with it-you are too swollen initially.

Edward J. Bednar, MD
Charlotte Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 125 reviews

Post op tattoo

Do not get a tattoo 3 days post augmentation! You'll be at maximum sweliing at the point. Wait a few a few months until everything has settled.

Ann F. Reilley, MD (retired)
Baton Rouge Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Risk of infection after breast augmentation

Normally getting a tattoo on the forearm should have no effect on your breast implants. However if you are unlucky enough to get an infection leading to septicaemia (infection spreading through your bloodstream - chances are very low) then theoretically you might get an infection of the implant pocket. A serious infection may need antibiotics, washout, even removal of implants and may increase the risk of capsular contracture distorting the implant.

So, to summarise, the risk is really low - but if you are very unlucky an infection can cause a lot of hassle.

Anindya Lahiri, FRCS (Plast)
Birmingham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

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