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. Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa 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.
"Dr. Tamburrino is outstanding! He’s extremely talented in his field and I can’t praise a doctor more. I suffered a dog bite to the nose 3 years ago and he was called into the ER to repair it. His bedside manner was calming and kind as he worked on my nose. The results were great and I was left without permanent scarring. Unfortunately, I didn’t follow his advise and I kept the dog. Six months ago the same Beagle attacked me again and the injury was worse. My nose was hanging off and I had a bite above my nose between the eyes. There were three bites in Al. This time. I again requested Dr. Tamburrino at the ER--the best thing I ever did because I knew what a good job he did the first time. He took a lot of time to reconstruct my nose and stitch it back together. Both of my nostrils were torn. I was a mess! The results? I look great. I seriously l think my nose looks better than it did before any of the bites. Dr. Tamburrino somehow put the nose back together so that the stitches were on the lower side of the nostril and the scars are not visible at all. The nostrils even look equal in size. I’ve had a couple follow up appointments at his office and his staff are super friendly and accommodating as well!"- K.M. / Yelp / Oct 11, 2021
"My experience and follow-ups with Dr. Tamburrino and his staff were extraordinary. I had a negative experience with prior surgeons, but when I saw him for a facelift revision, he set clear and reasonable expectations for what we could achieve together and showed an impressive understanding and expertise in assessing my past surgery. I worked with him to develop a game plan of other procedures that would achieve the results that would make me happy. I am grateful and can genuinely say that Prestige Institute treated me with care and understanding, and that Dr. Tamburrino is one of the best!"- C.N. / Google / Oct 05, 2021
"Dr. Tamburrino is top notch and the best of the best. From my initial consult with him and his team, I felt completely comfortable and at ease. They take so much time with their patients to make sure you are 100% comfortable with any procedure you are having done. They care about their patients and want you to have the best outcome possible as if you were family. If you are looking for the best Plastic Surgeon out there, look no further then Dr. Tamburrino and his amazing team . You will not be disappointed!!"- N.W. / Google / Aug 06, 2021
"I could not be happier with my experience with Dr. Tamburrino and his staff! They made the entire process of my procedure so smooth. Every question was answered and I was very comfortable with my decision to go with Prestige in comparison to my past experiences with multiple consultations at other practices. Dr. Tamburrino was very realistic and honest in addressing my concerns, and his extensive training, experience, certifications, and attention to detail proved that I was in the right place. The results of my procedure were absolutely amazing! Better than what I had imagined. I now look in the mirror every day and get so excited and proud of what I see! I can’t thank Dr. Tamburrino, Anna, Kristen, and all of the staff at Prestige enough for how kind and accommodating they were! I’ll never look anywhere else for any plastic surgery/med spa needs!"- M.W. / Google / May 25, 2021
"The doctor took a lot of time to clearly explain my options for major surgery following a cancer-related procedure. He is very thorough and very human. I felt extremely comfortable in his care. This is all in the past now, but looking back I know I chose the right physician."- H.G. / Google / Mar 22, 2021
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 Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa. 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 Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa in Doylestown, PA today.