What is Nipple Tattooing?
Many breast cancer survivors can often feel self-conscious about the appearance of their breasts after undergoing a mastectomy where it may be necessary to remove the tissue of the nipple or areola. For this reason, many patients opt to follow up on their procedure with a breast reconstruction procedure, usually including nipple tattooing. Also known as 3D areola reconstruction, this procedure is designed to improve the aesthetics of the nipples and areolas by adding natural tone, pigment, and authentic shadows to the underlying skin. Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery in Doylestown, PA is proud to offer this corrective procedure for patients who may have lost their nipple tissue during the process of a mastectomy. Dr. Joseph F. Tamburrino is highly experienced in performing nipple tattooing, allowing our patients to put their mind at ease in his capable hands.
"My experience at the Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery was stellar from start to finish. I went to Dr. Tamburrino because he is double-board certified – a HIGHLY trained and experienced plastic surgeon. A very cheerful and informative staff greeted me upon entering. Dr. Tamburrino answered all of my questions and he alleviated my concerns. I really appreciated his honesty. He does not try to oversell on procedures but provides his expert opinion on what he thinks will look amazing and NATURAL! I’ve gone to other plastic surgeons before (because I had breast cancer) however Dr. Tamburrino is truly the best! He is an artist and perfectionist. I am so happy with my results! I cannot recommend anyone higher than Dr. T!"- M.D. / Google / Sep 29, 2019
"My experience at the Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery was stellar from start to finish. I went to Dr. Tamburrino because he is double-board certified – a HIGHLY trained and experienced plastic surgeon. A very cheerful and informative staff greeted me upon entering. Dr. Tamburrino answered all of my questions and he alleviated my concerns. I really appreciated his honesty. He does not try to oversell on procedures but provides his expert opinion on what he thinks will look amazing and NATURAL! I’ve gone to other plastic surgeons before (because I had breast cancer) however Dr. Tamburrino is truly the best! He is an artist and perfectionist. I am so happy with my results! I cannot recommend anyone higher than Dr. T!"- M.Z. / Google / Sep 21, 2019
"I was extremely nervous before my surgery after all you are altering a part of your body however, Dr.Tamburrino & his staff make you feel right at home. They take the time to listen to what you want out of your experience & definitely make you a priority. They listen to your concerns & answer every single question you have. Dr.Tamburrino & his staff helped me love my body again. I recommend him to as many people as I possibly can! 😊"- K.M. / Google / Aug 31, 2019
"I highly recommend Dr. Joseph Tamburrino and his wonderful staff! I had breast cancer and was devastated at the internet photos of breast reconstruction. I did not want to look like that! When I went to Dr. Tamburrino, he immediately put all my fears to rest. He said no one would be able to tell I had breast surgery, and he is right! After breast reconstruction, I feel like me again! I don’t feel like and look like I have had breast reconstruction. I can’t say enough of Dr. Tamburrino’s wonderful bed side manner. He makes me feel important and cared for. His staff is just as wonderful, and they helped me through a very difficult time of my life."- L.K. / Google / Aug 29, 2019
"I can not say enough about the wonderful care I have received from Dr. Tamburrino. I have a very complicated medical history and was on steroids for 2 years. I developed Breast Cancer and had Bilateral Mastectomies. Dr. Tamburrino expertise cautioned me against Reconstruction until I tapered and was off the steroids. I was extremely disappointed however his opinion to wait was the proper thing to do. It was worth the wait as I go through weekly visits since January to have my expanders develop. His kind, caring, professional manner down right enjoyable. I had not been having trouble with pain until as I draw nearer to the end. I had one week where I was experiencing more pain than usual. As it progressed I called Dr. Tamburrino who saw me in minutes at his office. I fortunately was visiting family in Doylestown because I live two hours away. It was Easter Eve at 10 pm he saw me and relieved my terrible pain. So willing, helpful and kind! He has been the most amazing physician, when dealing with a Cancer diagnosis having him help me through this Reconstruction has been an uplifting experience. Anna his nurse makes you feel like family. She’s been supportive and caring. Kristen his Administrative Assistant is always upbeat and helpful! At the time waiting a year seemed so awful, but Dr.Tamburrino’ s professional opinion was totally in my best interest and I know now that giving me the best care was his goal. Thanks Dr. T, you are the BEST!! Lyn McNair"- L.M. / Google / Aug 29, 2019
Am I an Ideal Candidate for Nipple Tattooing?
Traditionally, men and women who choose to undergo this procedure have lost one or both nipples due to a breast cancer-related mastectomy. Your body's ability to heal from the mastectomy will determine how long you must wait until we can perform the 3D areola restoration. However, in most cases, we recommend patients wait at least three months. Many of our patients find this procedure to be preferable to nipple reconstruction surgery due to its less invasive nature and nonexistent recovery time.
How is Nipple Tattooing Performed?
The procedure itself will be performed in one of our private treatment rooms at Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery. The process is much the same as any normal tattoo, though with the nipple being a highly sensitive area, we can offer anesthetic to make the patient experience more comfortable. We can use various techniques in order to use 3D shading to create the illusion of a nipple, fill in a reconstructed nipple/areola with realistic flesh tones, or perform touch-ups on patients who have already undergone the procedure but feel that the tattoo has faded over time. In general, nipple tattooing is a fast procedure that usually only lasts around 15 minutes per nipple.
What to Expect After Nipple Tattooing
Aftercare for nipple tattooing is generally not any different from a traditional tattoo anywhere else on your body. At the conclusion of the procedure, the treatment area will be sterilized and covered in order to keep it protected. Before you leave, our staff will walk you through how to keep the area clean and free of infection in the days and weeks to come. It is entirely expected for the tattoo to emit small amounts of blood and/or ink in the days following the procedure. For this reason, we ask that patients use and consistently replace gauze pads on the affected area. This will eventually scab, and it is important for patients to avoid picking or prodding in order to ensure the area heals properly. Once the scab falls off naturally, the final results of the procedure should be noticeable. In some cases, patients may require multiple sessions until they've reached their desired nipple color.
Restore Your Confidence
Don't let a mastectomy stop you from feeling great about your body. Nipple tattooing is a quick and easy way to enhance the breasts after the loss of the nipples and/or areola. If you've been considering this procedure, Dr. Tamburrino would love to meet with you to discuss the specific details of your body. Schedule a consultation at Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery in Doylestown, PA today.