A 20-year-old male asked:
can i get a tattoo after kidney transplant?
4 doctor answers
Dr. Paul Cohen answered
27 years experience Family Medicine
Why risk it?: I don't see why not, with the exception of potentially contracting an infection from improper technique/cleaning of instruments; and while being on immunosuppressive agents not something you want to have happen. Double check with your doctors/transplant docs to be sure...But why risk it? Why not try a 'fake' tattoo; same eye appeal without the risk.
Answered on Nov 30, 2019
Dr. Barry Browne answered
34 years experience General Surgery
Yes-at a parlor: As long as the tattoo is done at a reputable tattoo parlor with sterile equipment, you should be ok. I advise patients to wait until their steroids are stopped or reduced to a low level as this may affect the cosmetic outcome. It's always a good idea to discuss this with your doctor before proceeding.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
Dr. Stuart Flechner answered
45 years experience Urology
Not advisable: Many piercing and tattoo parlors share instruments among many individuals and are not sterile environments. There have been cases of transmission of infections, even hepatitis c. Tatoo at your own risk.
Answered on Dec 10, 2015
Dr. Amy Friedman answered
38 years experience Transplant Surgery
Yes, but think twice: Any type of organ transplant is a new start, a new lease on life. It is also an investment by the live donor....Or by society, if the organ came from the waiting list. And tattoos that are performed unsafely may jeopardize your health by transmission of dangerous infectious diseases. So the real question is whether you choose to have the tattoo performed, or not. If so, please use maximum safety.
Answered on Jan 19, 2017
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