3D Areola Tattooing
Why Have 3D Areola Tattooing?
After a masectomy, some women are happy with a prosthesis, and might feel reconstructive surgery is unnecessary. But many women find their breasts affect how they feel emotionally and sexually about themselves. The reconstructed breast will not look exactly like and will lack the sensitivity of a natural breast. However, many women feel their new breast is a perfect match.
3D Areola Tattooing is often the final step in the breast reconstruction process. Many don't know that this is an option for them. However, this procedure can often be the most transformative.
This procedure is done in an office setting with topical anesthesia. Similar to a normal tattoo, pigment is placed in the skin by using small needles. Minimal to no pain is felt during this procedure due to many having a loss of sensation in the area.
Preparation & Recovery
It is best for you to have completed all of your cancer treatments prior to this procedure.
After the procedure you will need to keep the area covered and apply bacitracin to prevent any infection. The complete healing process can take up to 4-6 weeks. Once the tattoo is fully healed, a touch up is recommended to reinforce the color. Touch ups may be needed in the future.