Is It Okay to Get a Tattoo Over a Tummy Tuck?  

I’m Dr. David Stoker, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Los Angeles. A question in my practice frequently receives, “is it okay to get a tattoo over your tummy tuck scar?” it’s a really good question, and the answer is usually yes, but I would ask you to consult with your plastic surgeon first. I’ve seen a decent number of tattoos on post-operative results; maybe one to two percent of patients might consider doing something like that.

I think it’s prudent to be patient and wait if you rush to get a tattoo before you’re fully healed. It might interfere with that healing in some way. It can also complicate things if somebody decides they want to do an additional procedure down the road, remove more skin, or do a circumferential body lift; that can complicate things. It doesn’t take very long to consult with your plastic surgeon. In my case, I feel like my patients are my artwork, and while it’s their body, they can do with it what they choose, but it seems prudent to consult with that surgeon so they can make a wise decision and get the best long-term results.

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