[NSFW] Closing The Breast Cancer Chapter With Nipple Repigmentation

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Breast cancer has become ubiquitous, touching the lives of too many women around the world.

In recent decades, cancer rates have increased and that increase has been especially pronounced in the United States. Currently an alarming one in eight American women will confront the disease in their lifetime. Over 200,000 new cases of Breast Cancer will be diagnosed this year and about 75% of women will elect to begin reconstruction when their mastectomy is performed.
For many, treatment will include breast and areola removal. This type of procedure is called a Mastectomy.  Patients survive the mauling of this surgery with flat, nipple-less chests bound in dark scars. Post surgery, women who opt for reconstructed breasts may also choose to have a nipple and areola reconstruction. The implants can provide the shape of what was lost, but making a realistic-looking areola (pigmented skin around the nipple) and nipple proves to be a greater challenge.

Nipple Repigmentation
Nipple Repigmentation

The final phase of reconstruction, usually referred to as "nipple tattooing", often serves to transform the reconstruction into a breast that truly looks like a breast. The procedure restores the circular pigmentation around the reconstructed nipple.

The experience is truly customizable, as the patient can opt for darker or lighter pigments.  The pigment is permanently placed using "tattooing" techniques.

Nipple Repigmentation
Nipple Repigmentation
Realistic nipple tattoos can be a great option. It is the final step in a long journey that often helps clients move from survival to a feeling of normalcy.
Realistic nipple tattoos can be a great option. It is the final step in a long journey that often helps clients move from survival to a feeling of normalcy.

With either a bi-lateral (two sides) or uni-lateral (one side) breast reconstruction, the artist will work closely with each client to find the best color, shape and size of the nipple. The process will include a color and shape consultation as well as a follow up appointment to ensure the most natural results.

According to Breasthealing.com what you can expect from a session is as follows... Measurements will be taken (while standing) to determine the position and size of the nipple. (A 4-centimeter circle is the average size.)  The artist will first draw the tattoo shape on your body so that you can visualize and approve the placement and size. Adjustments can easily be made at this point. You will then recline on the table while the artist begins his or her work. The artist will numb the area with topical anesthetic cream. Pigments will be applied into the dermis using an electronic handheld device that directs tiny needles into the skin. Connected to a digital console unit equipped with a microprocessor, the device enhances precision and needle placement and minimizes trauma to the skin. If both sides are being done, the artist may switch back and forth as different pigment colors and brushes are used for various elements of the design. As the procedure progresses, very small amounts of blood may ooze from the skin. The artist will dab the skin when needed. Upon completion, the artist will place gauze bandages over the tattoos. The artist will review and provide printed post-procedure care instructions. The results will be darker at first, and the color will fade as the skin heals. It is common that a color touch-up is needed several weeks after the initial procedure. Color touch-ups may also be needed every few years.

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Areola and Nipple tattoo made by Vinnie Myers
Areola and Nipple tattoo made by Vinnie Myers
Vinnies cosmetic tattoo nipple "portraits" are widely regarded in the industry as the best money can buy.
Vinnies cosmetic tattoo nipple "portraits" are widely regarded in the industry as the best money can buy.

Upon careful research, you will find many artists that offer this kind of service -and some better than others. If this is a process you or a family member is lined up to receive, be sure to look through a portfolio so you are able to get an idea for the artists aesthetic. The natural hues and dimension should require close inspection to tell the real from the fake. It will take a special kind of artist to achieve these realistic results as not all tattooers specialize in photo-realism and cosmetic tattooing.

Nipple tattooing
Nipple tattooing

There are many kinds of tattoos that you can find on our website. Some have meaning, some are beautiful, intricate, ornate, and some are just plain silly. But these kinds of tattoos can truly help a survivor close a chapter in their lives.

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@Jessica Paige

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