What’s a “3D” Nipple Tattoo?
When Nipple Sparing Mastectomy (“NSM”) isn’t an option or breast reconstruction takes place at a time after mastectomy (“delayed reconstruction”), the newly reconstructed breast may be completed with a recreation of the nipple as the finishing touch.
“3D” Nipple Tattooing is a method that may be used to create an image of a nipple on the skin with dimensional shading. This technique adds visual realism to the coloration used to restore the nipple pigment.
The newly applied nipple image isn’t actually palpable and is flat to the touch.
When is it Used?
“3D” Nipple Tattooing is used when the nipple is lost to mastectomy as a part of the treatment plan. Most women are candidates for nipple preservation with Nipple Sparing Mastectomy but for those who have had mastectomy in the past or require resection of the nipple with their mastectomy design, a “3D” Nipple Tattoo may be used to recreate an image of a natural nipple on the breast skin following breast reconstruction.
What are the Benefits?
There are a number of benefits of a “3D” Nipple Tattoo. Application of color pigment to the well-shaped breast reconstruction restores realism to the overall result. Nipple restoration also provides a focal point with the breast mound that can also potentially reduce the appearance of scar lines in the reconstructed breast. This added benefit can provide the perfect finishing touch and close the circle of recovery and restoration of wholeness.
What are the Risks?
Mild swelling or a sensation of burning in the tattoo can occur with MRI imaging but this happens rarely and does not last long.
What to Expect:
“3D” Nipple Tattooing is completed under sterile conditions at Black Sheep Tattoo and Art Collective. The pigment may be applied, in most circumstances, 3-4 months after breast reconstruction is complete.
When you arrive at the studio, you will be escorted into the Tattoo booth where you will be made comfortable. Your artist Ashley will discuss your preference regarding pigment tone and other details related to the image to be created. Then careful design markings will be applied and the pigment application is completed.
Your artist Ashley will give you aftercare instructions following the completion of your procedure. Careful attention to post-care will ensure the best possible outcome in your newly applied “3D” nipple Tattoo.
If you are traveling from out of state or internationally for care with us, you may generally return home the same day of your Tattoo if you wish.
-Shape and color matching
* Numbing cream provided if desired
-Before and after photos
-Complete Aftercare instructions and Aftercare kit
-3-4 month touch up if needed
Black Sheep Tattoo and Art Collective
713 Minnehaha Ave E, St Paul MN 55106 - Suite 215