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i want a piercing when i go for my first tattoo, but i'm prone to keloids.?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Avoid: If you are prone to keloids, which are not predictable it is best to avoid piercing. Keloids can be difficult to treat.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to have or get a tattoo while pregnant?

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Dr. David Kline
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Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Yes: Getting a tattoo gives you some risk of developing hepatitis which may be in a short course or after significant time has passed. Much less likely if gotten at a reputable locale as they are much more likely to take precautions to ensure sterility of the needles. That is the same risk whether you are pregnant or not. Certainly a case of buyer beware.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Is it ok to get a piercing while pregnant?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Yes but: It is ok to get a piecing during pregnancy as long as good sterile technique is used. Be prepared to have to remove them during labor as most hospitals require all metal be removed. Also belly buttons expand as the belly grows during pregnancy. Belly but ring sites can scar poorly due to the stretching.
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Is it safe to get a tattoo in pregnancy?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
No: Well really the answer is maybe. Tattooing has some risks whenever you get it. There is a small risk of infection (hiv, hepatitis c) that is reduced with using clean needles in a clean place. But there is a risk of infection from the break in the skin that occurs. This infection can spread to the blood and put your baby at risk. In general, we recommend you wait until after to get a tattoo.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

Will my tattoo prevent me from getting an epidural?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Possibly : Depends on the anesthesia provider. Most anesthesiologists prefer not to go through a tatoo to place an epidural but most can usually find away around it. It is possible depending on the tatoo location that they would not be able to place an epidural safely.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Can someone get a tattoo with a defibrillator?

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Dr. Jay Zimmerman
Dermatology 19 years experience
Maybe: I would be concerned with any patient seeking an elective tattoo procedure with a defibrillator. The electric needle gun could cause the defibrillator to discharge spontaneously - especially if the device is used over the skin near the defibrillator device. It is best to avoid tattoos in this situation.

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