Northwest Face & Body

How Long After A Tummy Tuck Can You Get A Tattoo?

Dr. Ludwig Allegra

December 7, 2023
Tummy Tuck and Tattoo - NWFace

A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a procedure that many people elect to undergo after a major physical change to their body has left them with excess, sagging, or protruding skin around the abdomen. Unfortunately, the scars left behind can be an unwelcome visible mark on the new body you hoped to see post-operation. While many of these scars fade with time, there are also multiple techniques to diminish the appearance of scarring, such as Scar Protocol, a treatment provided to all Northwest Face and Body surgery patients. After the recovery period, patients with tummy tuck surgeries can be left with some level of red, raised, or unwanted scarring that was not a part of their overall ideal body image. In these cases, there may be those who wish to consider a more unique approach to the situation–a tattoo.

Tummy Tucks and Tattoos

Getting a tattoo to help conceal scarring may be a less common choice, but it is becoming an increasingly viable option for patients of various procedures. While tummy tucks Bellevue offers a highly effective post-op scar treatment, every individual body heals differently. When summer rolls around and bathing suit season begins, a post-op tummy tuck patient may find themselves wishing for a way to cover their surgery scar. A tattoo can be effective by creating a more appealing and artistic image over the scar. Depending on the severity of the scarring, a subtle, more muted design could also be used to covertly conceal the scar altogether.

How Long To Wait To Get A Tattoo

The full recovery period of a tummy tuck surgery can range anywhere from 6 to 18 months. During this time, a patient may experience swelling, puffiness, and redness around their surgery incision. These side effects can last for several months, some cases being mild and some severe. As the skin around the incision heals, the look and texture can change. Getting a tattoo too early in the healing process could leave a patient with a distorted image. Most doctors recommend waiting at least 12 months after surgery before pursuing a scar-covering tattoo. If a patient is concerned about their recovery after altering a tattoo, it may be best to wait 18 months post-operation to visit a tattoo artist.


If you have post-surgery scarring or are planning to undergo a tummy tuck Bellevue, a tattoo could be the solution to your scarring worries. Fortunately, Northwest Face and Body offers a Scar Protocol treatment for all post-op patients. In addition to this treatment, electing to have your tummy tuck procedure at our facility means that you will be in the capable hands of Dr. Ludwig Allegra. Dr. Allegra is not only the founder of Northwest Face and Body, but he is also a board-certified cosmetic surgeon with 40 years of experience in the Seattle area. Dr. Allegra can help you achieve your cosmetic and medical goals and advise you on if–and when–a tattoo to cover your tummy tuck scar could be right for you.


Dr. Ludwig Allegra

Dr. Ludwig Allegra has provided Bellevue, Kirkland, and the surrounding areas with premier plastic surgery procedures for over two decades.