I had an appointment for a tattoo for my birthday before booking my surgery date. Now I will be having a mommy makeover Jan 31st so is getting a tattoo on my wrist Feb 10th ok or should I cancel the appt? If so then when would it be safe to get it? Or would it be safe to get it now & have time for it to heal before surgery?
Getting a Tattoo After Surgery?
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Tattoo After Surgery
Tattoo after surgery
For elective cosmetic surgery, I always recommend not taking any unnecessary risks as there are medical risks and financial risks, as this type of surgery is not covered by your insurance company. I would wait until you are completely healed from your mommy makeover prior to tattoo. All the best.
Best to wait
When recovering from a major cometic surgery such as a mommy makeover, it is probably not an ideal time to have a tattoo done. The more serious concern would be introducing potential infection that may interfere with your healing but also it may just be uncomfortable for your to sit in one position for long enough to have the tattoo done just 10 days after your procedure. Most likely is it is easier to reschedule a tattoo appointment than a surgical procedure :-)
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Tattoo following surgery
A tattoo on your wrist, remote from your surgical site, should not present any issue to the recovery from your mommy makeover, even when performed only 10 days after surgery. You may still have some post-op discomfort at that point, but again, this should not create a problem.
Timing for tattoo after surgery
Most healing occurs in the first six weeks following surgery. The incision sites then continue to fade for the next six months to two years. The maturing scar might influence the tattoo in these earlier stages of healing. It seems prudent to wait at least three months following surgery for a tattoo on the scar, but more time would probably be better.
I'd hold off
As a general matter, I would ask my breast implant patients to wait 6 weeks after surgery before getting a tattoo, and only that soon if there have been no complications. The biggest concern I have is the risk of infection from the tatoo that would spread to the surgical site and require us to remove your implants. Since there does not seem to be any particular reason to rush, waiting is generally the better course of action.
Of course, it is critical that you ask this question to your doctor. Only s/he knows your exact medical conditions and the way you are healing. When s/he feels like it is safe, then you can go ahead and get the tattoo.
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Tattoo after surgery
Getting a tattoo after surgery?
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