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.
What Are the Benefits of Nipple Tattooing?
Nipple tattooing at Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa offers a unique, personal restoration for individuals seeking to regain a sense of wholeness post-mastectomy. This procedure, performed with gentle care, uses advanced techniques to recreate a natural-looking nipple and areola. Benefits of this procedure in Doylestown, PA include:
- Aesthetic Restoration: Achieves a natural, symmetrical appearance.
- Confidence Boost: Helps restore body image, emotional health, and self-esteem.
- Non-Invasive: A simple, safe procedure with minimal discomfort.
- Customization: Tailored to match your skin tone and preferences.
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"Words cannot express how highly my family and I recommend Dr. Tamburrino from Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa! For us, it’s all about the experience, from booking the consultation to post-surgery care. My experience at Dr. Tamburrino’s office has been nothing less than stellar. Honestly speaking, I don’t think the staff would have it any other way. This team operates from a foundation of being a family-oriented office first. The team treats you like a human vs. a client. They get to know you and your family and wow you at every touch point you encounter on this journey. If you are searching for an experienced and brilliant plastic surgeon, look no further, you must have a conversation with Dr. Joe! I went in for a brachioplasty consultation and ended up getting lipo. The results (only two months later) are phenomenal and life-changing. It was the trust that was built during a transparent consultative conversation that gave me the confidence to choose Dr. Tamburrino. He has talked me through the expectations of every step leading into surgery and post-surgery, maintaining my confidence in the process. The after-care has been nothing less than exceptional. The reviews say it all. What else can I say? I am a customer for life! I will, without a doubt, consult with him anytime for any future services. Thank you - Dr. Joe, Andrea, Anna, Alexis, & Susan!"- J.C. / Google / Mar 02, 2023
"I cannot speak highly enough about the incredible work of Dr. Tamburrino! I have been coming to this office for several months now, and each experience has exceeded my expectations. Dr. Tamburrino possesses an unmatched level of skill and expertise in his field. From the initial consultation to the post-operative care, every step was handled with utmost professionalism and care from him and his incredible staff. His attention to detail and commitment to understanding my desires ensured that the outcome was not only aesthetically pleasing but also aligned perfectly with my expectations. Impressed by his initial work, I have continued to come here for additional services have received outstanding results. Furthermore, the entire staff at Dr. Tamburrino's office, including Anna, Andrea, Alexis, and Susan, contributed to making every visit a comfortable and reassuring experience. They maintain a welcoming atmosphere, and provide exceptional support throughout the entire process. His dedication to patient care is evident in every interaction, and I wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone considering cosmetic procedures."- H.F. / Google / Nov 30, 2023
"About 5 years ago I was looking for a new doctor for my Botox injections. Before this, I had tried at least 5 different med spas but none had given me the results I strived for. I came upon Dr. Tamburrino in an internet search and decided to go in for a consultation. From the moment that stepped into the office I was highly impressed with the front desk staff. They were all so friendly and accommodating. When I met with Dr. Tamburrino he took his time with me and was so knowledgeable. His practice made me feel like I wasn't just a number and truly had my best needs in mind. Since then, Dr. Tamburrino has been giving my injections seamlessly and I will not go anywhere else. Then, about 3 months ago I decided to have the Dr. Tamburrino do a breast reduction, lift and mini tummy tuck. After years of breast feeding my breasts had become saggy and lifeless and having c-sections left extra skin and scar tissue. The procedure went so well. The recovery was easier than I could have ever imagined. The doctor and Anna made themselves available 24/7 if I had any issues. After just a few weeks, I finally feel like I have my pre-pregnancy body back!!! I will continue to recommend Tamburrino Medical Spa for anyone's aesthetic needs. You will not be dissappointed."- A.B. / Google / Nov 30, 2023
"The first time I walked into the office I was greeted by Dr. Tamburrino with a smile and a morning chat while I was in the waiting room. He instantly made me feel comfortable and at ease before I even got into my appointment! This reassured me even more that I was in the right place and knew I was making the right choice over all the other doctors out there. Andrea at the front desk always greeted me with a smile and was a joy to work with and always answered any questions I had promptly. Anna also was so great to work with! She instantly made me feel welcome and listened to my concerns and made sure she was doing everything to make me happy and comfortable. She is so down to earth and truly makes you feel as if you're part of the family. Susan was also amazing! She answered all my questions and gave me great information and products to help me treat my facial concerns.Trusting in Dr. Tamburrino and his staff was one of the best decisions I made for myself. They have all helped me gain my confidence back and made me feel like myself again. I cannot thank them enough for helping change my life. I would highly recommend their office to anyone looking for the best care out there and even better results!!"- K.E. / Google / Nov 30, 2023
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.
Nipple Tattooing FAQs
How long after mastectomy do I have to wait to get nipple tattooing?
It is generally recommended to wait at least three months after a mastectomy before considering nipple tattooing. This waiting period allows for adequate healing of the surgical site and ensures a stable and well-settled foundation for the tattooing procedure. It also gives you time to discuss the timing of nipple tattooing with your healthcare provider, cosmetic provider, and other medical care team members to determine the best approach for your specific situation.
Is nipple tattooing after mastectomy permanent?
Nipple tattooing after mastectomy is considered a permanent cosmetic procedure. However, it's important to understand that over time, the color of the tattoo may fade slightly. The longevity of the tattoo can vary depending on factors like skin type, sun exposure, and lifestyle. While the tattoo may not remain as vibrant as it was initially, it can last for many years. Some individuals may choose to have touch-up sessions as needed to maintain the desired appearance.
Can men get nipple tattooing?
Yes, nipple tattooing is not limited to any specific gender. Both men and women who have undergone mastectomy procedures or have other cosmetic or medical reasons may choose to have nipple tattooing. The goal of nipple tattooing is to create a natural and aesthetically pleasing appearance, regardless of gender. If you are considering nipple tattooing as a part of your post-mastectomy or cosmetic journey, ywe are happy to discuss your options and preferences in greater detail.