Tattoo to Cover Tummy Tuck Scar?
I am thinking about getting a Tummy Tuck. I know I'll have a large scar, which may be visible when I have swimwear on. I am thinking about getting a tattoo to cover up the scar after I have the procedure. How long would I have to wait after the procedure until I got the tattoo?
Many patients who have undergone abdominoplasty choose to get a tattoo over their incisions to conceal evidence of their scars. There is the option of medical tattoos, which use colors complementary to your skin tone to fade the tummy tuck scar, or cover-up tattoos in contrasting colors that will camouflage scars.
The more popular cover-up tattoo designs can be strings of flowers, stars, abstract shapes or words along the horizontal incision line on your lower stomach. In many cases, patients also have a circular scar around their belly button as a result of tummy tuck surgery, and in these cases other tattoo designs such as a sunburst pattern can effectively conceal the scar.
Surgeons have different guidelines regarding when it’s appropriate to get tattoos after tummy tuck surgery. While some advise waiting at least three months, others recommend waiting two years to ensure the scar has healed. Scars are generally at their most visible three months after surgery and most scars progressively fade from that point onwards.
What most surgeons do agree upon is that a tattoo should only be considered once the post-op healing of the incision site is complete and any residual swelling from the procedure has resolved.
Individuals heal at different rates based on their physical status, age, general health and overall condition. If you commit to tummy tuck surgery, your surgeon will be able advise you when you have sufficiently recovered to go under the tattoo needle.
One advantage of waiting longer before getting a tattoo is that these scars often fade to the point where they are hardly noticeable. If this happens, you may feel a tattoo is no longer necessary. However, this isn’t true for everyone so the option of a well-placed, aesthetically pleasing tattoo to camouflage any scarring can be a good contingency plan.
If you do decide to proceed with a tattoo following your abdominoplasty procedure, be sure to select a tattooist and the design you choose very carefully. Tattoo pigments are not necessarily sterile unless you go to a professional who adheres to the highest hygiene standards and purchases individual sterile pigments. It’s important to avoid the possibility of infection occurring close to the incision site. Careful selection of a design is also paramount as remember, tattoos are permanent.
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Full tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, usually leaves a horizontal scar across the abdomen. During the procedure, the “apron” of abdominal flab and loose skin is removed through an incision made from one side of the abdomen to the other, running the length of this apron of skin. Most tummy tucks also create a circular scar around the belly button.
The location and size of these scars is understandably a source of concern to patients who are worried about the appearance of their stomach after the procedure. However, there are some surgical methods available that enable these scars to be very well concealed.
For some patients, the horizontal incision can be lowered so it is hidden below the waistline of bathing suits, panties or low cut jeans. The scar around the belly button can in some cases be disguised within the belly button itself, making it less visible.
A frank discussion with your potential surgeon about what kind of scarring you can realistically expect will help inform your decision about whether you need a lower stomach tattoo or not. For some patients with significant post-op scarring that won’t fade, tattoos are an ideal way to cover them up.
If you decide you would like a tattoo to conceal any scarring resulting from your abdominoplasty, some surgeons recommend waiting at least six months to a year before getting the tattoo.
However, other surgeons encourage patients to wait as long as two years to ensure the healing process is complete and their tummy tuck results fully evident before committing to a tattoo. This timeline is also recommended because after two years the scar may have faded to the point that a tattoo no longer feels as necessary.
Dr. Jonathan Heistein has 1 Tummytuck before & after:
Most of the times the scar of a TT heals well and its location is such that it is easily concealable in a bikini. Depending on patients' preference a tattoo is a good option. I have seen some very good results of a tattoo to camouflage the scar. The best time to have a tattoo procedure done is when the scar has matured. It may take as long as 6 to 18 months for the scar to reach a completion of the maturation. At the end of maturation the scar would reach its end point as far discoloration and stretching is concerned.
I generally have our patients wait approximately 6 months for a tattoo. At our clinic we actually have an aesthetician who can tattoo your own skin color over top if you do not want to decorative tattoo
. Dr. David Whiteman Atlanta Georgia
I would wait at least 2-3 months. The scar may not be wide; bring your swimwear with you, so the surgeon can mark how low he needs to place the scar to hide it; and as a last resort, I have seen one patient who had a vine with leaves and small flowers, but another who had a scar covered by the strings on the bikini.
Let me guess- you like dogs! I know, Iknow. Sometimes I amaze myself. Seriously, though, I personally think this can be a great idea. I had one patient who did this. It happened to be a fairly young man in excellent physical shape except for a roll of loose skin from weight loss. He had a darker skin tone and tended to produce a darker scar. He put a tribal tattoo along the scar and it looked great. Of course, you have to look at what is going to be in keeping with your age, sex, lifestyle, etc. The tattoo that worked on my patient might look a little out of place on a middle-aged woman!
I would definitely wait until the scar is fully matured and as soft, flat, and as faded as it will get. That will rarely be less than six months, and may be more than a year. Why? Well, for one thing, you want to see how the scar turns out. I have seen scars so fine and faint that they are barely noticeable and if yours is like that, you may not need or want a tattoo after all. For another, you don't want to put a tattoo on skin or scar that is very metabolically active and changing because this could affect the durability and color of the tattoo pigments. Then, pick something that you know you can live with forever. It could be a simple line of flowers, animals, snake, whatever, or perhaps a saying that means something to you. I am a triathlete so I could imagine an alternating series of figures of a swimmer, bicyclist, and runner. Your imagination is the limit.
Hope this helps!
R. T. Bosshardt, MD, FACS
I would wait at least six months before tattooing over a tummy tuck. But, unless you are into tattoos, if you have the procedure done properly the scar might be very inconspicuous. Keep and open mind and don't be in a rush
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Good question. It's pretty common for patients to consider tatooing over surgical scars. I usually don't recommend it until 6 months at least after surgery, as healing takes a good 3-4 months for most patients and final results are not apparent until about 10-12 months. http://www.timsayedmd.com/body-plastic-surgery-newport-beach/tummy-tuck/ -- Dr. Sayed For more info, Visit Us at http://www.timsayedmd.com Email Us at firstname.lastname@example.org Call Us at 1-858-24SAYED (1-858-247-2933) Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @timsayedmd
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