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Tattoos and Breast Surgery

Tattoos’ and Breast Surgery

The skin is composed of three layers: the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous (or fat) layer. When receiving a tattoo, the needle of the tattooist penetrates to a depth of approximately 1-2mm into the skin, specifically reaching the dermal layer. It is essential to note that this depth is far from the breast implants, located in the submuscular or sub glandular position. 

Nevertheless, as with any type of modification, whether surgical or non-surgical, it is imperative to select a reputable and experienced tattooist. Ensuring proper technique, avoiding excessive depth of penetration into the skin, utilising appropriate equipment, and following strict sterilisation procedures are crucial factors. 

While the risk of infection from a tattoo in this area may seem remote, it is essential to acknowledge that any infection, if not addressed promptly, has the potential to migrate into the breast implant cavity, leading to significant complications for both the implants and your overall health. Prioritising proper hygiene and choosing a skilled tattooist can help minimise any potential risks and ensure a safe experience. 

When Can I Get My Tattoo?

It is essential to consult your Doctor, as they will provide specific time frames for post-surgery activities. We strongly advise waiting a minimum of 3 months before considering any tattoos around or under the breast area to mitigate potential complications. It’s crucial to remember that your skin has undergone stretching and is still in the healing process, adjusting to accommodate your newly augmented breasts. Getting a tattoo too soon after surgery may cause your breasts to settle into a position that could distort your new body art. Prioritising adequate healing time before getting a tattoo will help ensure the best outcome for both your surgical results and your desired artwork.