How Long After Surgery Can I Get A Tattoo?
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.
How long after surgery can you get a tattoo on your scar?
Your tattoo could cause more scarring – This is primarily an issue for people who have or are prone to keloid scars. Keloid scars are usually thick and red with a raised, rounded, and irregular shape. Sometimes the scar tissue builds up long after the initial injury, or spreads beyond the borders of the wound.
- If you have or are prone to keloid scarring, there’s a higher chance that getting a tattoo to cover your scar will make the scar worse;
- If you want to cover a newly formed keloid scar, wait at least a year until it’s completely healed;
For deeper or larger scars, you might have to wait much longer for than that, like 3 or 5 years. Tattooing a keloid scar that’s completely healed reduces the risk of worsening the scar.
Why can’t you get a tattoo after surgery?
It is important to allow for full healing after your surgery before getting a tattoo, because you do not want to put added stress on your immune system while healing from your surgery. Getting a tattoo can also introduce an additional avenue for infection, further complicating your surgery results.
How long should you wait to get a tattoo after getting one?
You should wait at least 2–3 weeks after your last appointment before getting tattooed again. These important factors contribute to this:
- Healing time
- Tattoo size
- Pain threshold
- Immune system
- Saving up
- Artist availability
- To avoid bad choices
On average, it takes at least 2–3 weeks for a tattoo to heal, at least on the surface. During this time, your tattoo should have gone through most of the hurdles associated with the healing process. Healing after getting a tattoo can be quite uncomfortable. It could include pain, redness, tightness and itchiness; all of which aren’t life-threatening but are expected.