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Doctor insights on: Spine Tattoos

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Is it safe to tattoo over spine?

Is it safe to tattoo over spine?

Back Piece: There is no reason to suspect the tattoo art over the spine is a problem other then the inherent general risk of tattoos in general. Back pieces are popular body art and are places regularly over the spine. Tattoo art does not go below the level of the skin so the spine should be fine. ...Read more

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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Is tattoo removal safe on back of neck? 2 inch black home tattoo from 11 years ago. Concerned due to location (brain, spine, lymphomas, etc)

Is tattoo removal safe on back of neck? 2 inch black home tattoo from 11 years ago. Concerned due to location (brain, spine, lymphomas, etc)

Safe: The removal is almost certainly going to be done by laser which will not penetrate into any vital structure. The only risk is incomplete removal. ...Read more

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Is true that if u have tatto over spine and u are woman and become pregnant doctors may not want to anesthetize u because the ink under the skin?

Is true that if u have tatto over spine and u are woman and become pregnant doctors may not want to anesthetize u because the ink under the skin?

That depends: That depends on how well-informed your doctor is and whether he/she is susceptible to letting stigma get in the way of appropriate treatment. Epidural anesthesia is possible and safe with a sacral/back tattoo as long as the skin does not appear to be infected (red, swollen, tender). ...Read more

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I've noticed my tattoos on my lower back is aging wierd, what to do?

I've noticed my tattoos on my lower back is aging wierd, what to do?

How?: Weird is it getting faded, itchy, raised, reddened. It could be a variety of thins from fading to allergy. See a dermatologist if you hate the tattoo and there is no allergy to it you can have a laser removal if allergic surgical removal ...Read more

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Is it ok to take tramadol before having a full back tattoo?

Yes: Just make sure you know how it effects you before you drive. Also, I hope you are getting it done at a certified tattoo parlor. You can many deadly diseases from improperly cleaned equipment. ...Read more

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How can you safely get a tattoo over a major scar on you back?

How can you safely get a tattoo over a major scar on you back?

Ok but use expert: Yes it is usually safe to use a "cover up" tattoo but scars do not behave the same as normal intact skin when it comes to ornamental pigmentation so see an experienced practitioner. ...Read more

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Can I get a tattoo on my back about a week before I have my tonsillectomy?

Can I get a tattoo on my back about a week before I have my tonsillectomy?

Back tattoo: Since you have to lie on your back for your tonsillectomy, you might have some discomfort afterwards. Consider getting your tattoo afterwards. Besides, why would you want a tattoo located where you can't see it and to be sure it is done appropriately to your taste? ...Read more

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I had a tattoo yesterday and I just put ointment on it and wrapped it back up with paper towel is that ok?

Should be: A lot of artists prefer to wrap it in Saran wrap. Paper should be okay but may cause more drying than wanted ...Read more

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Can a lower back tattoo affect any epidurals?

No: Tattoos place ink in the the mid depth levels of the skin. It should have no effect on an epidural. ...Read more

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Have a bump from getting tattoo on stretch mark what is it? Artist told me if I go back over it with ink it will go away is this true?

Have a bump from getting tattoo on stretch mark what is it? Artist told me if I go back over it with ink it will go away is this true?

Not sure: I'm not sure if the "bump" is the ink or an infection. I don't think it was a good idea to get a tattoo over a stretch mark. It might be a good idea to get a second opinion from your family physician. ...Read more

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I got a black outline tattoo in the back of my neck 2 years ago. I've noticed that sometimes parts of it swell up and hurt. What could cause this?

Not uncommon: This sounds a lot like a delayed hypersensitivity reaction which is not terribly uncommon. These typically occur when you have a reaction to the metallic salts that they use in tattoo ink, such as mercury, chromium, cadmium, cobalt, and nickel. You can try over the counter hydrocortisone cream when it occurs, and if that doesn't help I'd suggest seeing a dermatologist for stronger medication to help ...Read more

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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?

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

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I had melanoma just over 20 years ago, have recently found new small jet black dot within a tattoo on my back, can it ever present like this?

I had melanoma just over 20 years ago, have recently found new small jet black dot within a tattoo on my back, can it ever present like this?

Melanoma: With a prior history you should make an appointment with a Dermatologist and get the lesion evaluated ASAP. There is no need to take chances. Good job in watching for changes. ...Read more

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I got a tattoo on the back of my shoulder, and it is looking great. My q was I really didn't have much bleeding and I had no ink discharge either?

Shhh: Don't be a bragger or a complainer, and maybe thank your artist...Not uncommon to have bleeding and ink leakage (and hurt for days), but not required! No promise that a future one won't, either. Hope it's "purdy lookin'.". ...Read more

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Just got a tattoo on my back yesterday, can I exercise? My sports bra would go right over it, and I get infections easily.

Best to wait: A couple more days since you have a history of infections. I've seen tats get infected by getting dirty or sweaty up to 3 days after being placed. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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I want to get a tattoo on the back of my neck, however at the front of my neck I have a thyroid goitre, would it be safe to still get it done?

I want to get a tattoo on the back of my neck, however at the front of my neck I have a thyroid goitre, would it be safe to still get it done?

Safe: Although it is safe to do this I always advise people to think very carefully before they get a tattoo. Most people do not understand that tattoos are for a life, since they are very difficult to remove with laser. In my opinion, there is nothing more beautiful than young skin. Why, ruin it with a tattoo? ...Read more

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I got this semi permanent eyebrow tattoo (only goes in the first layer of skin) and lost a lot of hair cause they're weak. How can they grow back?

I got this semi permanent eyebrow tattoo (only goes in the first layer of skin) and lost a lot of hair cause they're weak. How can they grow back?

Answer is in time: The answer is related to the ink used, the amt of trauma with the administration, and individuals response.

Only time will five you the answer.

It is quite variable from person to person ...Read more

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I'm going back today to get my tattoo finished and wanted to know could I use ketroprofen lidocaine gel to numb it?

Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine): Lidocaine may help but Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) cream, with eutectic mixture of Lidocaine 2.5% and prilocaine 2.5%, may work better. You can also place a Lidoderm patch on area for twelve hours before having tattoo removed which might help. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have only gotten minor keloids due to acnes on my jawline, chest, and upper back. If I get a tattoo will it form keloids?

I have only gotten minor keloids due to acnes on my jawline, chest, and upper back. If I get a tattoo will it form keloids?

Increased risk: keloids are uncommon after tattoos. Partly this is because keloids aren't that common and the population that gets most tattoos (light skin) are the population LEAST likely to get the keloids. If susceptible, increased likelihood. ...Read more