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Nipple Reconstruction vs Tattooed Nipples

A mastectomy does more than change your body. It can have a major impact on your self-image and confidence in yourself. Worse yet, you are dealing with a life-threatening illness. Removing your breasts is intended to save your life, but the cost can seem too high when you look at your altered figure in the mirror. As difficult as it is to come to terms with life as you know it, breast reconstruction can help you to feel empowered. You can feel like you are reclaiming your body. Your plastic surgeon can help you to move forward and embrace the future. Reconstructing your breasts will involve making several decisions. One important choice you will have to make is whether you would like nipple reconstruction or tattooed nipples.

Nipple Reconstruction vs Tattooed Nipples

What is Involved in Nipple Reconstruction?

Whether you choose to have your nipples reconstructed or you opt for tattooed nipples, you will need to wait after your breast reconstruction is complete. If you choose to have nipple reconstruction, your plastic surgeon will use tissue from other areas of your body or excess breast tissue to create what looks like a nipple. Once that has healed, you can choose to have it tattooed if you would like it to have the same color as natural nipples. If you choose this option, you need to understand that it will involve an additional surgical procedure. You’ll need to be patient as your breasts go through the healing process once again, even if it is on a much smaller scale than when you had your mastectomy. If you have only had one breast removed, you may feel more strongly about choosing this option because you want your breasts to be balanced in appearance. Bear in mind that your reconstructed nipples will not have sensitivity or feeling like your original nipples. There is a good chance that they will not have any feeling at all. However, they will look like authentic nipples and make you feel like yourself again. It is a matter of personal preference if you choose to have your reconstructed nipples tattooed once they have healed in order to create the rosy color of natural nipples and areolas.

What is Involved with Tattooed Nipples? 

If you are not willing to undergo another surgical procedure and the waiting that is involved with tattooing reconstructed nipples to finally have the appearance of natural nipples, you can choose to have tattooed nipples that are considered 3-D. When created by a true tattoo artist, they are a work of art that look incredibly real. You won’t have to worry about another surgery, especially if you feel like enough is enough. You won’t have downtime. You can plan your session after work or on the weekend. Your risk of infection is minimized as compared to surgical reconstruction of your nipples, although you will have to pay close attention to your tattoos and follow instructions to care for them as the skin heals. When you choose to tattoo your nipples, you won’t be dealing with additional scars. The mounds of your breasts will maintain a nice shape as well. If you choose this option, be sure to share your preferences with your plastic surgeon before your breasts are reconstructed. Your surgeon can take care to make your incisions in an area that won’t interfere with your tattoos at a later time.

What’s Best for You is a Personal Choice

In the end, what you choose for your breasts is completely up to you. Some women choose not to worry about nipples at all. If you feel strongly about regaining the appearance of natural breasts, you are more likely to consider having nipples created for you by your plastic surgeon, a tattoo artist, or a combination of both. If you choose to go with tattooed nipples, or you are simply having tattoo ink added to your reconstructed nipples, you need to take time to find a master tattoo artist. You should also consider going with lighter shades of tattoo ink. You can always request darker ink at a later time if you aren’t happy. It would be much more difficult to make your nipples lighter.

Choose the Best Tattoo Artist to Make Your Nipples a Work of Art

Your choice of tattoo artist is very important. You can perform an online search to learn about tattoo artists in your area who have a reputation for excellent tattoo work. If you can find someone who specializes in creating tattooed nipples after reconstruction, better yet. Your plastic surgeon can also help you to find a skilled tattoo artist who will help you to take back what you have lost after a mastectomy.

Breast Reconstruction is a Journey

Breast reconstruction will not happen overnight. It involves several steps and personal preferences along the way. You will need to make decisions about the type of reconstruction you want, whether you choose implants or a flap reconstruction that uses tissue from your body. Nipples are the last stage in the process. While it is challenging to see a long road ahead of you, you need to remember that each day brings you closer to feeling complete once again. Your plastic surgeon and tattoo artist will take a team approach, treating you with respect and compassion to help you to rebuild your body and your life.

Doctors Plastic Surgery is Here for You to Discuss Your Options

Whether you are about to begin the process of breast reconstruction or you are in the final stage of nipple reconstruction, the caring team of professionals at Doctors Plastic Surgery is here for you. Visit www.doctorsplasticsurgery.com to learn more about its services and to make your initial appointment for a consultation. You’ll be able to sit down with one of the skilled, experienced surgeons to discuss the steps you will need to take to make your body feel like it is whole once again.

Nipple Reconstruction vs Tattooed Nipples
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