PRE-PROCEDURE- Thinking ahead, there are a few things to do prior to your Mastectomy that will help with your areola nipple tattooing procedure.
*Take before pictures
*Think about your areola color and write it down
*Note the size of your breast and areola
WHAT TO EXPECT- The day of the procedure, wear a comfortable bra and bring any photos of your breast(s) prior to surgery. If you have them, however this is not needed.
Will I have pain during the procedure?
No. 98% of the time, there is no pain in the reconstructed breast. For the other 2%, we will apply a topical anesthetic so there is little to no pain.
Color choice and size of my areola:
Sandra will work with you to determine color and size by first drawing impermanently on the area. Once the color and size are agreed upon, Sandra will create dimension with color and shading, giving you a realistic nipple and areola. When the procedure is finished you will be amazed with the results!
The area will be covered with dressings and you will be given your aftercare instructions.
Will I need another appointment?
This process is usually complete in one appointment. However, in some cases, you may require an additional touch up, depending on your individual healing process. If a follow up is necessary, you will need to return in 4 to 6 weeks.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. Can I proceed to normal activity after this procedure?
A. There is no down time with this procedure, so you should be able to resume your normal activities right away. However, there are a few restrictions: No vigorous exercise for the first 24 hours and no soaking in any bathtubs, swimming pools or jacuzzi's for at least 7 days after.
Q. Will the needle puncture my implant?
A. No, the needle only goes into the dermis which, is just 3 layers into the skin.
Q. Can I improve the scarring on my breast?
A. Depending on what your scars look like, they may be camouflaged. This process works best for hypopigmentated scars that are lighter in color than surrounding skin.
Q. How long will it last?
A. Most of the initial fading will happen in the first two weeks. Unless exposed to the sun, your tattoo should last a lifetime.
Q. There is hair on my breast area. Should I remove it prior to the procedure?
A. You may pluck or shave the hair at least 48 hours prior to your tattoo procedure or receive hair laser removal. However, leaving the hair untouched will not affect tattooing.