The Nipple-AreolaTattooing Experience
By: Courtney Floyd
How is nipple tattooing performed after breast cancer surgery?
Breast reconstruction offers women the opportunity to regain their self-image and individuality after breast cancer. The final phase of breast reconstruction is the nipple-areola tattooing. This procedure is also known as Micropigmentation (medical tattooing) and is designed to restore the color and shape of the areola after breast/nipple reconstruction. The procedure is performed in an office setting and usually takes one to two hours.
Some women can be nervous about the procedure and are unsure about what they should expect. Experiencing pain during the procedure and uncertainties about the final outcome of the nipple's appearance are the most common reservations expressed by women seeking this procedure.
Luckily, there is little pain associated with the micropigmentation. A topical anesthetic is applied by the nurse prior to the procedure to help numb the area being tattooed. Also, PRMA nurses take great care to ensure the color selected for the areola is customized to each individual. Every woman is different, and so is every micropigmentation procedure performed in the PRMA office.
PRMA patient, Mary Rivera, just completed her micropigmentation procedure and is excited to have finally finished her breast reconstruction. Watch below as she shares her experience.