If your surgeon is unable to conserve your nipple during your mastectomy, you can opt to have nipple reconstruction. This final reconstruction step is sometimes likened to a bow on a present. This step is often the one thing that allows a woman to feel completely whole again.
Nipple reconstruction can be carried out in a number of different ways. Today, it is common to use a flap of skin from the surrounding breast skin to construct the new nipple. Once the reconstructed nipple heals, tattooing is performed, which pigments the nipple and areola complex.
Tattooing is typically performed at least 6 months after the nipple reconstruction, which allows the scar time to mature and accept the tattoo pigment.
3D Nipple Tattooing
Some women prefer to have skin tattooing only as the final stage of their breast reconstruction. Three dimensional tattoos create a realistic illusion of the nipple and areola. The tattooist uses a wide array of pigmented inks to match your existing nipple and/or to create natural appearing areolas. The tattooist can recreate the glands around the nipple and uses shadowing techniques to create the projection of the nipple itself.
Dr. Spiegel’s practice does not employ a 3D tattooist however, we do provide office space to a couple of trusted tattooists to perform nipple tattooing for your convenience.
Renee Maschinot travels to our office from Florida. Scheduling is coordinated based on need and the total number of patients requiring her service at one time. Renee has been a salon owner and esthetician for 30 years in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She apprenticed with tattoo artist John Hashey for two years and trained with world renowned 3D nipple tattooist, Vinnie Myer.
Sherah Juarez is a local tattoo artist here in Houston. Sherah is a certified medical micropigmentologist and has been tattooing for over 15 years. She is a master technician who has trained with some of the world’s finest master instructors.
We also recommend Christine Mastriani-Cobb, owner of A Permanent Touch. Christine is trained in advanced areola complex re-pigmentation and has tattooed several of our patients who are quite happy with their results. Christine has her own tattoo studio in The Woodlands.