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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


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If you are having surgery can you get a tattoo before it?

If you are having surgery can you get a tattoo before it?

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

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Can you get a tattoo if you are about to have surgery?

Tattoo: 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

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Im having surgery. Is it ok to get a tattoo before i do?

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

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How long before surgery can I safely get a tattoo?

Tattoo: Depends on type & location of surgery. Best to get ok from the surgeon first. ...Read more

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Can I get a tattoo 2 or 3 weeks before surgery? and the tattoo is on a different limp than my surgery

Can I get a tattoo 2 or 3 weeks before surgery? and the tattoo is on a different limp than my surgery

Tattoo before surg: I would advise you against doing a tattoo prior to surgery. Wait until after you have had successful surgery and full recovery. ...Read more

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May 10th I had my last heparin injection after surgery. Can I get a tattoo now?

May 10th I had my last heparin injection after surgery. Can I get a tattoo now?

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

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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?

Tattoo after surgery: Would recommend weightloss first then body contouring surgery if needed and lastly place the tattoo where you like because it will not be affected by the body contouring surgery. ...Read more

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Is it ok to get a tattoo a week before getting gallbladder surgery?

Is it ok to get a tattoo a week before getting gallbladder 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

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Is it ok for a 28 yo man to get a tattoo just over a week before circumcision surgery?

Is it ok for a 28 yo man to get a tattoo just over a week before circumcision surgery?

Tattoo before: surgery. Why risk slight but possible infection from tattoo before your circumcision? You can always get the tat later. Psychologically speaking, you will be dealing w/a major change to your body with the circ. One change at a time is best. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I'm getting cataract surgery in two days can I get a tattoo ?

I'm getting cataract surgery in two days can I get a tattoo ?

No: This is one of those questions that is easy to answer. Only take one risk at a time. Wait until 3 weeks after cataract surgery, then you can go and take a risk on getting HIV, HBV or HCV by getting a tattoo.. be very picky on where you get the tattoo done. Best wishes ...Read more

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Would it be a bad idea to get a tattoo over the scar I got from surgery?

Would it be a bad idea to get a tattoo over the scar I got from surgery?

Not really: In some cases, the tattoo may help to hide a unsightly scar. But generally, if you are not happy with a scar, you should have scar revision treatment. ...Read more

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I'm having gastric sleeve surgery in twelve days. Can I go this weekend and get a tattoo?

Think about it...: Do you really want to suffer the double recovery involved with both a fresh tatoo site AND a fresh abdominal incision? ...Read more

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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

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I am having bariatric surgery in 4-5 months is it okay to get a small tattoo on my wrist?

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

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