I’ve decided to get a tattoo over my pacemaker scar.
I shared this with a friend who suggested I check with my cardiologist before I did anything rash. Google was faster, and possibly a more reliable resource for fashion, than a cardiologist. I googled: “Can I have a tattoo with a pacemaker.” I am not the only one who wants a tattoo on their pacemaker scar – HUNDREDS of inquiries.
Do you have any idea how MANY tattoos there are to choose from? Here are a few possibilities that might reflect my personality.
Apparently there are a couple of potential problems for having a tattoo done over a pacemaker scar:
- The electromagnetic (EMI) of the tattoo tool interferes with the pacemaker’s function,
- The possibility that since pacemaker wires are near the skin they might accidentally get damaged in the process.
- The tattoo machine needs to be 6 inches away from pacemaker site which would put my tattoo on my belly button . . . or worse.
None of those problems seem as insurmountable as this warning: “When you get old the tattoo will be all wrinkly”
I’m getting a fake stick-on tattoo.
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