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Is it safe to get a tattoo on arms or chest after double mastectomy?

Is it safe to get a tattoo on arms or chest after double mastectomy?

Careful: Be careful with infection. Aft surgery lymphatic flow is affected. Specially if you had lymph nodes taken out. ...Read more

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Tattoos (Definition)

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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I had a mastectomy of my left breast with lymph node removal 12 years ago would it be safe for me to get a tattoo in that arm?

I had a mastectomy of my left breast with lymph node removal 12 years ago would it be safe for me to get a tattoo in that arm?

Lymphedema: If you had surgery to remove the lymph nodes under the arm during a mastectomy which is common i would not recommend a tattoo on that arm as if you get an infection it could cause your arm to develop lymphedema which could be debilitating and chronic . Get a tattoo on another area would be my suggestion if you want to do that. ...Read more

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Why do some women get chest tattoos instead of insert after mastectomy?

Why do some women get chest tattoos instead of insert after mastectomy?

Personal choice: Women have options after mastectomy: immediate reconstruction, delayed reconstruction or no reconstruction. Ideally all women should be given these options depending on the circumstance. Those who choose not to do reconstruction are making a personal choice. The great thing about breast cancer is that there are many options available. The earlier you are detected, the more choices you have. ...Read more

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I received the smallpox vaccine about 16 days ago. I was wondering if I could get a tattoo on my other arm or on my chest? If I can't then how long should I wait?

I received the smallpox vaccine about 16 days ago. I was wondering if I could get a tattoo on my other arm or on my chest? If I can't then how long should I wait?

Are you sure about: that? The American public has not received routine smallpox vaccinations since 1972. The government only provides smallpox to several hundred scientists/ medical personnel in research settings. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get a tattoo after mastectomy and radiation?

Is it safe to get a tattoo after mastectomy and radiation?

I would advise: Against getting tattoos on the same arm as the mastectomy. If you develop an infection, it could become a problem, even though it might be trivial in under normal circumstances. Ask your surgeon to be sure. ...Read more

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I just got a tattoo and noticed small bumps on my arm and chest?

I just got a tattoo and noticed  small bumps on my arm and chest?

?: Impossible to answer in this format. You will need exam to get a DX if you are concerned about the bumps. ...Read more

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Itchy blister like pimples. 1itchy2whitehead looking like pimple appears 3pot it still itchy. On my lower arm and chest by my semi new tattoos?

Itchy blister like pimples. 1itchy2whitehead looking like pimple appears 3pot it still itchy. On my lower arm and chest by my semi new tattoos?

Likely inflammation: ...or folliculitis, a localized infection to the hair follicles caused by irritation from the new tattoo and bandages that were used to cover it. Use soapy water to clean the area three times a day, air dry well, and apply an antibacterial ointment. Call your doctor if the pimple lesions get bigger, are warm to touch or you develop a fever. ...Read more

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I have had major pain in left shoulder that goes under the arm and into breast..I had a double mastectomy 9 years ago. I have lumps in left bresst?

I have had major pain in left shoulder that goes under the arm and into breast..I had a double mastectomy 9 years ago. I have lumps in left bresst?

Without knowing: Your exact history, it is impossible to say, but left shoulder pain can come from heart. Or it could be spread of cancer to bone. It could be something as serious as a fracture or pulmonary embolism, or simple as a sprain, or even shingles. Time to go see a doctor for evaluation for all of these possibilities. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about hickman line in there chest the same time as having a mastectomy?

Can you tell me about hickman line in there chest the same time as having a mastectomy?

It is for IV access: Hickman or other central line catheters are used for venous access when intravenous medication is recommended and peripheral line is not adequate. Central line is placed via the subclavian or Jugular vein and the catheter tip is advanced to superior Vena Cava which is one of the two large veins returning blood to the heart. In your case I suspect you are a candidate for chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Mastectomy (Definition)

A mastectomy is complete removal of all visible breast tissue. Different variations exist, some of which spare some or all of ...Read more