Nipple Tattooing (Cosmetic 3D Nipple Tattooing) After Breast Reconstruction Surgery in Houston, TX

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What is Nipple Tattooing?

Are you interested in nipple tattooing after your mastectomy and breast reconstruction? Many breast cancer survivors desire to have cosmetic tattooing to enhance the look of their reconstructed nipples, areola, and breasts with natural flesh tones and realistic shadowing. Our board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Aldona J. Spiegel, can include nipple tattooing in your personal treatment plan. Dr. Spiegel is fortunate to have Renee Maschinot who is an independent contractor and tattoo artist for 3D nipple tattooing from Fort Lauderdale, FL. Renee has more than 30 years of experience as a salon owner and aesthetician, and she served an apprenticeship with the world-renowned 3D nipple tattooist, Vinnie Myer, and tattoo artist, John Hashey, for two years. We offer Renee clinical space several times a year to perform nipple tattooing at Aldona J. Spiegel, M.D. in Houston, TX. Our patient coordinators schedule women for nipple tattooing in groups as Renee visits us from Florida. If you would like to learn more about the process, please call and talk to our team today.

Can I have Nipple Tattoos?

Breast cancer survivors and women who are planning to have a mastectomy with breast reconstruction are both candidates who qualify for cosmetic nipple tattooing as it is needed. We can offer several types of nipple techniques for reconstructed nipples, no nipples, and spared nipples. From adding your natural flesh color to the nipple/areola complex to 3D tattooing techniques for realistic shading, our tattoo artist can make the breast appear to have a nipple. Our practice consults with women to discuss all the diverse opportunities available.

Tattooing Technique

In the privacy of one of our treatment rooms, you can meet with Renee Maschinot for a nipple tattooing session. We can also apply an anesthetic to make the tattooing comfortable if you have sensation in the skin. The technique selected for your nipple tattooing will be personalized.

Nipple tattooing with 3D shading
Our tattoo artist can recreate a realistic illusion of a nipple projection by implementing a 3D shadowing technique on the breast where the nipple/areola complex should be.

Tattooing color on a reconstructed nipple/areola complex
Breast cancer survivors who did not have a nipple-sparing mastectomy may choose to have a nipple recreated with her transferred skin and tissue. However, the colors may not resemble the original set. Our tattoo artist can recreate your natural flesh tones on your nipple and areola with pigmented inks on a reconstructed nipple/areola complex.

Touch-up color on a reconstructed nipple/areola complex
We also provide touch-up services if you would like to refresh the color of your nipples and/or areolas that have faded over time.

Taking care of your Tattoos

Unfortunately, most major insurance providers consider nipple tattooing a cosmetic procedure only. This means that you would be responsible for the fees out of pocket. Nipple tattooing is not a requirement for any breast reconstruction.

We will give you specific instructions on how to care for your nipple tattoos once you leave our office. If you have any questions or have a concern with the tattooed area, please call our office for assistance.

For Nipples with IDEAL Color

With nipple tattooing, you can have your original color added to your reconstructed breast for realistic-looking nipples and areolas. Even if you did not have your breast reconstruction with our office, we can still consult with you about nipple tattooing. If you qualify, we can put you on our schedule to have it performed in our Houston, TX office at Aldona J. Spiegel, M.D. Call and talk to our friendly patient care coordinator about your interest in nipple tattooing.

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