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Can You Get A Tattoo Before Surgery
Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more
Not recommended: Getting such a traumatizing procedure to your skin such as a tattoo is not a good idea close to a surgery. Bacteria inoculated into the skin could cause a bigger problem after your surgery. In particular I mean surgery on the area of the skin with the tattoo. Once your skin has healed from the tattoo then surgery would be safe. Discuss this at length with your surgeon. ...Read more
What type of surgery?
Tell your surgeon your plans and follow the instructions.
In general I would not recommend a tattoo right before or right after surgery. A tattoo requires thousands of violations of the skin with the implanting of ink within the skin.
This can increase the bacterial load in your system and increase your risk for infection. I would not to it if it were me. ...Read more
Depends: The tattoo should be okay if it isn't in the area of the surgery and if it isn't a skin surgery. The big risk of tattoo placement is possible infection and possible allergic reaction to the ink. Both those side effects would impact a skin surgery in the area and it would not be advisable. If you get an infection, you are putting a big stress on your body to overcome that and heal from surgery. ...Read more
Can you get a tattoo on rivaroxaban? Been on year and half and suffered many injuries yet no more then normal blood loss including surgery
No: Tattoo are a form of self-mutilation. No one should get those, much less a person on a blood thinner. ...Read more
Can I get a tattoo 2 or 3 weeks before surgery? And the tattoo is on a different limp than my surgery
Ask your surgeon: As with any procedure, if you have any specific questions in the immediate postop period, You should speak with the surgeon who did the procedure. Good luck. ...Read more
Can I get a tattoo a few days before oral surgery? I'm also traveling to Honduras in three weeks will that affect either procedures?
Neither an issue: Neither should be an issue for travel. Why would you want to do all this before leaving? ...Read more
I have a lot of weight & need to get body contouring surgery. I want to get a tattoo on my body -- is this safe? How long should I wait before surgery?
Not recommended: In general, it is best to take care of one thing at a time. Although tattoos have a low complication rate, there are problems that can occur, such as severe skin infections. I would recommend that you take care of your gallbladder first, and when fully recovered, you can think about getting your tattoo. ...Read more
If I have a scope shoulder surgery on June 17th, would it be okay to get a chest tattoo sometime soon?
Is it safe to get a tattoo at the place where I had have a surgery and have a plate and screw beneath it?
Should: Not be an issue. However discuss with the tattoo artist about tattooing over a scar and how that will effect its look. ...Read more
Yes: A tattoo five months before your elective procedure is not contraindicated. There should be no problem with proceeding, if you so choose. ...Read more
I'm having surgery on a pilonidal sinus on my lower back in October would I be safe to get a tattoo now?
Tattoo: Not a good idea at all for now! October is not far away. ...Read more
Tattoo is a form of self mutilation and no self-respecting person should have one.
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Prophylaxis: A tattoo should be safe but depending on what type of surgery was performed you may need to take antibiotics before the tattooing to protect from infecting anything artificial or structurally abnormal left in the heart. Best to know the details of what was done and if antibiotic prophylaxis recommended for other procedures like dental work. ...Read more
About 7 years ago I had a asd atrial septal defect I had surgery and have been fine since then am I able to get a tattoo?
Shouldn't: Be a problem. Choose wisely.Get a more detailed answer ›
Would it be safe to get a tattoo on my right forearm a week before I get ALC surgery on my left knee?
I'm getting breast reduction surgery on july 23. I was wondering how soon after the surgery would be okay to get a tattoo?
If you planning to..: Tattoo over the incisional scar, wait at least 3 months. ...Read more
Is it okay to get my tattoo on my shoulder blade colored in today when I have surgery on Tuesday to get a lump under my armpit removed?
I'm having my second carpal tunnel release procedure 3 weeks post 1st surgery. Would it be ok to get a tattoo on opposite arm the next day post op?
Tattoo: There is no contraindication to have a tattoo shortly after a relatively minor procedure such as carpal tunnel release. Just be sure to use a good, clean, reputable tattoo parlor. ...Read more
Tatoo/septum surgery: You could, however, should wait just in case either procedure has complications, and the treatment for that complication jeopardizes the status of the other. ...Read more
Is it ok to get a tattoo on my right shoulder a few days before carpal tunnel release surgery? (having surgery on my right hand)
No!: Getting tattoos and body piercings greatly increase the risk of hepatitis (viral infection of the liver) or some other infection. There has been an epidemic of infections since there has been wide spread tattooing and body piercings. The treatment is hard to tolerate and very expensive. ...Read more
I am having Bi-lateral TMJ prosthesis surgery 2 weeks from today. Is it okay to get a tattoo on my back shoulder? The prosthesis is two hand made titanium joints that are screwed onto my skull and jaw bone from tmjconcepts. Com. Would a tattoo be safe to g
Wait: I believe you should put this question to the doctor who is performing the surgery. There is always the risk of complications such as infection with any procedure, so your tattoo should wait until your doctor not only perform the surgery but even until he decides that your joints had healed enough. ...Read more
Tattoo?: Not sure if you mean tattooed on your abdominal wall? (your stomach can be tattooed by an endoscopist but noone would know about it!) discuss this with your surgeon, because if you are having an issue with wound healing it is important to get their okay before you get a tattoo. Otherwise, probably no major harm as long as clean needles are used. ...Read more
Can go right away...: The sooner you get that tattoo removed, the better. ...Read more
No: Particular time needed unless you plan to put it over a surgical scar. Then you need months for it to completely heal. ...Read more
I got a new tattoo on my forearm yesterday. And I'm having motor cuff surgery tomorrow. If this going to be a problem?
I got a tattoo a little over a week ago and im having my gallbladder removed tomorrow. Will they cancel the surgery when they see my tattoo? Its not w
To the proposed surgical site.
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I'm having back surgery on March 7th to remove disks at L-2 thru 5. I wanted to finish up a tattoo two week prior that is well away from the surgical?
NO! NO! NO!: Even though the tattoo is not near the surgical site, you are having MAJOR back surgery and the last thing you need is any possible source of infection. ...Read more
Ask your surgeon: Some surgeons are cautious about performing surgery immediately after tattoo placement as needles from the procedure can inject bacteria from the skin into the blood stream increasing the risk that the 2nd surgery may be compromised by a blood borne infection. Other surgeons are not so concerned so ask your surgeon how they feel about your question. ...Read more
Please don't.: What's your hurry? Have the oral surgery, recover from that, then abuse your body any way you want, if you're so inclined; it's a free country. But why do anything just prior to a surgical procedure that might complicate that procedure, due to an infection or other issues? Why take that chance when it just isn't necessary? ...Read more
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