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Is it okay to get a tattoo before surgery?

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Getting a tattoo prior to surgery is not recommended because bacteria in the area of the tattoo increases the likelihood of complications following an operation, according to Dr. Donald Shenenberger of HealthTap. A tattoo should be allowed to heal completely before any surgery is scheduled.

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People should be as physically and mentally healthy as possible before they get tattoos, notes Above the Pearl Tattoo. In addition to people who are pre-surgery, individuals who are post-surgery, ill or under a great deal of stress should consider waiting until they are in a better state to get a tattoo. Clients with conditions that compromise their immune systems, such as HIV or diabetes, usually require more time to heal from a tattoo. Some tattoo artists may require an authorization notice from a doctor before working with such clients.

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