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on 2/4/11 4:09 pm - NY
Well I just got my surgery time for Monday Feb 7. Im excited and nervous but I know this is the right choice for myself. I am just wondering if anyone had tattoos prior to surgery ? If so, did you notice a change in how they look after you started to lose all the weight ?

I got alot of tattoos on both m y arms and I am starting to get nervous on how they might look after surgery. I dont want them to sag or look distorted in anyway. They cost me alot of money and define how I feel through out my life and have very important meanings to me. I want to know if anyone had any issues with their tattoos looking different ? losing shape ?  If so is there anything that maybe you did to keep them in original condition ? Weird question I know, but I have big arms and once I lose weight, I  know they may change as well with less of my arm being there. Thanks anyone that can comment on this.
Nicole T.
on 2/4/11 4:13 pm - Pasadena, MD
Not sure of the answer to this, but I am curious to know.  I have 5 tattoos, but only two in spots that I am worried about. 
on 2/4/11 4:15 pm - Burbank, CA
i have a full back tattoo.  So far so good but I'm only half way there....
HW-280/SW-264/CW-214/GW-155 (5'9")
on 2/4/11 4:17 pm

ya, me too Alicia. i have a large one that covers a big portion of my belly, all the way to my pelvis. i'm more worried about loose skin because to have plastic surgery would mean cutting through the tattoo, and perhaps making it irreparable.
on 2/4/11 4:36 pm
VSG on 01/10/11 with
I have a few tattoos also. I have been up and down the diet roller coaster and I got all my tattoos when I was on the heavier side. I haven't had a problem with any of them being discolored or wrinkly.
on 2/4/11 5:04 pm - Four Corners, NM
on 2/5/11 7:53 am - NY
That is just to funny lol.  i love it
on 2/4/11 6:07 pm - NY
VSG on 01/24/11 with
 always loved tattoos (and suicide-girls type look) but I always avoided having them done exactly because I was a yo yo dieter... I wanted to have them in the arms but when I was in chubby phase, I would think "come on this is not for you... what will it look like when you lose the weight?"

so I stayed with only 1 only tattoo I did in my early 20s. I may start having a few more when I reach goal ;P

somehow I feel the difference if you lose the weight after doing the tattoo will be more on your eyes than others', as you know how it should look... the change is probably not that dramatic.


SW 215=98 | GW 137=62 | FW: 110=49.9 | 5'4 | lost: 105 lbs=47.6 kg | 01/24/11 - goal: 7-9 mo.

on 2/4/11 7:16 pm - Albany, OR
VSG on 10/25/10 with
Kinda of a funny coincidence, my husband commented this morning that my tattoo was shrinking :)  It's on my back, so not sure how arms would be, but mine looks the same only smaller ?


Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow.         ~Fernanda Miramontes-Landeros                               


on 2/4/11 7:18 pm - CA
VSG on 01/27/11 with
 I think it really depends on where on your arms and how much weight you have to lose. Ive been up and down when I got mine done. From 170 - 275 and at the lowest 170 they all looked the same but I only have one on my upper arms the rest are on my lower which were never too big. I do have a spiderweb on my elbow I am a bit worried about as it connects with my fatty upper arm. THe pin-up girl I have on my upper arm needs a touch up anyway so ill probably do that when Im done with all the weightloss. I have waited to do the insides of my upper arms till I get my weight down. I cant wait!
HW 275   SW 229   CW 136 

on 2/4/11 7:40 pm - Mchenry, IL
 Great post....I have 8, mostly back and legs luckily nether too fatty....actually looking forward to getting a rib or stomach tattoo now.... CAN'T WAIT!!!
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on 2/4/11 9:24 pm - Dayton, OH
VSG on 06/15/10 with
I have a decent sized cartoon tat on my shoulder.  It shifted further down my shoulder and may have shrunk a bit but it just made the color that much stronger.  The same with the one on the top of my foot, smaller and brighter.  My oldest one on my ankle has been through the most weight change and it had held together well.  And this is all after 140lbs lost, waiting another twenty or so to get a tattoo as a reward for getting below 200.
HW: 360/ SW: 319/ CW: 184/ GW: 180        
diane S.
on 2/4/11 9:26 pm
Interesting subject. never thought of this. don't have any tats. maybe i will get one on my butt that says "this used to be size 22" Lol.  but seriously, you might use a heavy skin cream like aquaphor to reduce any tendancy to winkle or anything. I use it on my face and its good. diane

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charmaine A.
on 2/5/11 1:49 am - MI
I am having surgery the same day as you are:)  Good luck..Now I hope that my tatoos dont shift too much, I had one done recently across my upper back that I pray doesnt mess up since it took me 20 years plus to get it...I kept chickening out...I was and always have been a huge motley crue fan, and I had one of thier album covers put on my back.  Im going to cruefest 3 this summer and I pray it doesnt look horrible then so i can show it off:)...Good luck again on your surgery..
Best of Luck, Charmaine
on 2/5/11 5:56 am
I have been waiting 9 years for my tatoos and now Im glad I waited...will be getting mine when I hit goal!!!good luck to you all!
45 lbs lost pre op
first goal 199 reached 2-3-11
second goal 175 reached 6-1-11              
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on 2/5/11 6:16 am - GA
VSG on 05/04/09 with
My hip one stayed the same.

The color has always been wonky because the scab rubbed off of it more than my leg/angle tattoos.  Its not my fave, and I do not see it like I see my others, so I do not care that much about the color. What I really wanted there was too big (in terms of my sitting still for long enough for someone to be buzzing in a tickling place) and it covered up the home made one my girlfriend did when we ate too many quaaludes and tried to give me a birthday tattoo, once upon a time.  :} 

Turns out quaaludes do not make you any less ticklish and a bunch of blue dots on your hip only look like you put the clothes in the drawer still wet and got mold dots.  Lesson learned! 

But my legs/ankles?  22 years old, color is as lovely as ever (I sunblock them when I go out) and lines crisp as ever.

But if it had been in the middle of my belly, or on my lower buttcheeks?  Yea, the distortion definitely would be happening.
on 2/5/11 7:00 am - McKinney, TX
VSG on 05/19/09 with
I have probably about 10K in tattoo work on my body and I have lost from 250lbs down to about 110-115 and mine have not changed at all. However, I have an amazing tattoo artist who feels that placment is everything. I would never tattoo areas that will change with age/weight gain or loss.

5'5" and a size 0!!! Woohooo!
on 2/5/11 7:52 am - NY

Thanks everyone for your input. I have on my upper shoulder blades and lower back which i am sure wont change to much. My ankle tat will be fine since my ankles are not big and fatty anyway. I think its just my arms since I am 3/4 sleeved on my left arm. I didnt do the back of my arms because I wanted to wait for the weight  loss but the part of the arms that you see are covered. I just hope they hang in there and dont look to crazy.  The ink looks great now, its really colorful and the artist did a great job. Dont want all that to fade thats all.  Good luck to you all though. I will def be adding the rest of my sleeve and getting a few new places done after I reach my goal  :) 

on 2/5/11 9:04 am
I'm inching closer and closer to 40 lbs and so far no change to the tattoo on my upper arm.
on 2/5/11 11:25 am - dallas, TX
i have always wanted a tattoo, but never gotten one. i am thinking of getting one after i get to goal also. maybe a no wide load sign on my butt? just kidding, but still thinking about what to get.
Ht 5' 9"   HW=397   SW= 374   CW=276.5   GW=185