Tattoo art has been evolving nowadays and attracting big numbers of people. From small designs, to big iconographies; tribal characters and mesmerizing 3d tattoos. Being considered as a sign of rebellion in the past, today tattoos are synonymous to art, beauty and uniqueness.
For many people, tattoos are a way of beginning a new chapter in life and realizing a resolution of drastic change or else spiritual resurrection.
However, if the person considers both getting a tattoo and a cosmetic surgery, which one would be first?
Getting a tattoo prior to cosmetic surgery
Generally speaking, getting a tattoo prior to cosmetic surgery does not present any contraindication to the procedure; however, respecting the healing of skin scarring is important. This period may extend from 2 weeks to 1 month (or more) depending on skin quality. After getting tattooed, the skin can get easily irritated or worse infected; therefore presenting a contraindication to the surgery.
In order to minimize the risk of skin infection, it is important to seek a highly professional and renowned tattoo artist who respects hygiene and health guidelines. If the tattoo will be done on the operated zone, it is better to wait and get it after the surgery.
For instance, if you consider getting both a tattoo on the breasts (or sides of the breasts) and a breast enhancement surgery, getting a tattoo before the surgery may deform the design. The latter can cause further damages instead of improving aesthetics.
Getting a tattoo after cosmetic surgery:
After cosmetic surgery, the body will be in need of rest in order to heal properly. During the first period after your surgery, you will not be able to get a tattoo despite longing commitment to it. Generally speaking, you will have to wait for a minimum of 2 months after your recovery period to start consider getting a tattoo (after the recovery, scars usually have not healed properly yet).
If the tattoo will be done on the operated area (for instance getting a tattoo on the abdomen after an abdominoplasty), you will have to wait for a longer period (between 3 and 6 months).
Some procedures are simply more complicated than others and therefore require longer convalescence and recovery periods. However, it is important to consult your doctor at all times before indulging into any kind of adventure which may result in unwanted consequences.
Body parts that doctors would not recommend tattooing:
For young women who consider getting pregnant in the future, it is better to avoid tattoos on the abdomen lest they would get deformed during and after the pregnancy. People who also consider tattooing their hands or wrists should think of tattooing one hand and leaving the other (or both) because the veins of the internal facet of the hand are used for perfusion.
What you should keep in mind
There are no contraindications to getting tattooed prior or after cosmetic surgery as long as recovery and scar healing periods are respected.
Your surgeon will be the most suitable person to give you information on those periods depending on your skin quality, habits and healing process. It is however recommended to avoid getting tattoos or cosmetic surgeries during summer as scar healing becomes quite difficult with uv exposure.
It is also important to choose a trustworthy and professional tattoo artist, the body parts you are considering to tattoo and the design itself as this is a very important decision that is not easy to undo.
Although it is possible to take a tattoo off, the process is quite draining and painful; therefore, it is recommended not to take the decision lightly and consider all pros and cons before indulging into the experience.