What is Micropigmentation?
Breast reconstruction is an important part of the recovery process for many breast cancer patients. If you choose to undergo breast reconstruction there are options to help you achieve a natural-looking result. Breast reconstruction is typically performed in multiple stages. Patients can choose to undergo implant reconstruction or reconstruction using their own natural tissue. For patients losing their nipples due to breast cancer surgery, nipple reconstruction is an option. Nipple tattooing (or micropigmentation) is also an option to restore the natural appearance of the nipple.
Micropigmentation is a type of tattooing in which pigment (color) is applied beneath the skin’s surface to enhance the appearance of newly reconstructed nipples to provide the illusion of nipples without reconstruction. Our experts will consult with you to determine the best size and colors for you. Then they use a blend of pigments to create a 3D, natural-looking result to restore the appearance of the nipple and areola.
Does micropigmentation look real?
The 3D technique results make it to where the nipple will appear completely three-dimensional with protruding volume, but it will be flat to the touch. In the setting of a 3D tattoo, nipple reconstruction is not needed to achieve a natural-looking erect nipple.
Does the procedure hurt?
95% of patients say they experience no pain. However, a topical anesthetic can be applied to the patient’s skin to reduce any pain or discomfort they may experience when the needle makes contact with the skin.
When can the procedure be done?
At PRMA we generally recommend waiting until six months after your final surgery before micropigmentation. This ensures the area has enough time to heal before the tattooing process.
How long will it take the area to heal?
It typically takes the area 7-10 days to heal. There may be a little scabbing or flaking but this should be very minimal.
How long will the tattoo last?
Micropigmentation, like other tattoos, is permanent, but it will fade over time and may require touch-ups.
About Our Specialist
Terry Lively of Lively Inc. has been in the cosmetic and traditional tattoo industry for over 23 years. She is a certified trainer member with the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals. Terry specializes in 3D areola tattooing for breast cancer survivors and is referred to clients from over 15 surgeons in Texas.
In an effort to allow you to move forward with your final phase of reconstruction, PRMA would like to offer you the opportunity to take advantage of her services. Terry has agreed to a discounted price of $250 for unilateral tattooing and $500 for bilateral tattooing. Terry is an expert in this field and her work is amazing.
To schedule your consultation with Terry, please call 210-585-8410. Be sure to mention you are a patient at PRMA so that you receive the special pricing we have arranged for you.