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Tummy Tuck Tattoo: How to Hide Tummy Tuck Scars

One of the most feared side effects of the tummy tuck surgery is the scarring. While our team makes every effort to minimize visible scarring, it is an inevitable result of surgery. Luckily, patients have discovered some creative ways to hide tummy tuck scars. One of these is through tattooing, which can be used to cover up tummy tuck scars and leave art in its place. Below, we’ll share what you need to know about the so-called tummy tuck tattoo.

Do tattoos over tummy tuck scars hurt?

Tattooing over tummy tuck scars can be a painful experience, but it may not be as bad as you think. There are two reasons why it can be painful. First, the stomach is a very sensitive area. Tattoos on the stomach are already uncomfortable because it is so sensitive. Second, scar tissue is also a more painful area to receive a tattoo – at least when compared to skin that has no scar tissue. Therefore, receiving a tattoo over scar tissue on the stomach can be significantly more painful than a standard tattoo. However, it may not be as painful as the tummy tuck surgery, and many patients say it’s worth the temporary discomfort to cover up their scars with tattoos.

How long after a tummy tuck can you get a tattoo?

Before getting a tattoo, you need to wait for the body to completely heal from the tummy tuck surgery. In most cases, this can take between 6 months and one year. To be safe, patients are advised to wait 12 months from their tummy tuck surgery to get tattoos over their scars.

Can I tattoo my tummy tuck scar?

Yes! Many patients tattoo over their tummy tuck scars to hide them. However, keep in mind that tattooing scar tissue can be much more difficult than tattooing normal skin tissue. As we outlined above, it can also be much more painful. For these reasons, it’s essential to find an experienced tattoo artist who can cover your tummy tuck scar safely and professionally.

Does a tummy tuck affect tattoos?

Yes, a tummy tuck procedure will affect tattoos in the surrounding areas, depending on the location of the tattoos. During the tummy tuck procedure, excess skin is tightened and removed from the abdominal region. If you have any tattoos in this area, they may be partially removed or distorted by the tummy tuck surgery. Furthermore, if they are located where incisions are made, scarring will develop in the area, which can further affect the appearance of your tattoos. If this is a concern, be sure to discuss it with your surgeon prior to surgery to see if anything can be done to limit the impact on your tattoos. Patients may consider receiving tattoos after their tummy tuck surgery to cover up scarring or otherwise correct the changes that have occurred.

If you are considering a tummy tuck surgery, contact us today to learn more about what kind of scarring you can expect and what can be done to minimize it. Port City Plastic Surgery offers this and other body sculpting procedures to help patients achieve their cosmetic goals.


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