Although nipple tattooing is not a necessary component of breast reconstruction surgery, many woman opt to have tattooing done to improve the aesthetic appearance of the reconstructed breast(s), a pretty bow on a present if you will.
- Typically tattooing is done six weeks after your symmetry surgery.
- Most insurance companies consider nipple tattooing a cosmetic procedure, therefore the fee would be the responsibility of the patient.
For patients that do not require three dimensional tattooing, we recommend our medical esthetician. Tattooing can be used to achieve the color desired for the reconstructed nipple(s) or to match the natural nipple.
In the absence of nipples, three dimensional tattoos create a realistic illusion. The tattooist uses a wide array of pigmented inks to match your existing nipple and/or to create natural appearing areolas. The tattooist is able to recreate the glands around the nipple and uses shadowing techniques to create the projection of the nipple itself.
Dr. Spiegel’s practice does not employ a 3D tattooist, however, she does provide clinical space in our office as needed for 3D nipple tattooing with tattoo artist Renee Maschinot. Renee is an independent contractor and has been a salon owner and esthetician for 30 years in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Renee apprenticed with tattoo artist John Hashey for two years and with world renowned 3D nipple tattooist, Vinnie Myer. Since Renee travels from Florida to our office, scheduling is coordinated based on the total number of patients requiring her services at one time.