Anyone gotten Nipple tattoos? Were you happy with the results?

Posted by coffeefreak @coffeefreak, Aug 28 7:02pm

Hi, all —

I had a bilateral mastectomy in November, 2020 and implant exchange surgery in November, 2021. I've decided I want the 3D nipple tattoos but need to decide where to have them done. I know they can do this at Mayo, or I could also have it done by a tattoo artist. I know that the tattoo artists can do something quite realistic looking. The advantage of having it done at Mayo would be that it would be covered under insurance and it would be done in a medical setting. Has anyone had this done at Mayo, and, if so, were you happy with the results? And does anyone have experience working with a tattoo artist? If so, where did you go and were you happy with your results? Thanks so much!!

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I was fortunate that my surgeon was able to save my nipple. But the daughter of one of my friends is an OR nurse and told me about a local tattoo artist who does the tattoos for free for breast cancer patients. One of her colleagues had a bilateral mastectomy and raved about her talent. She showed me photos(this was before I knew if the nipple could be left intact) and they looked fantastic!

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My next step, after unilateral exchange surgery in July, would be the nipple decision. My choices are do nothing, nipple reconstruction plus tattoo and 3d tattoo without nipple reconstruction.

Any thoughts out there?

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@jaynep

I was fortunate that my surgeon was able to save my nipple. But the daughter of one of my friends is an OR nurse and told me about a local tattoo artist who does the tattoos for free for breast cancer patients. One of her colleagues had a bilateral mastectomy and raved about her talent. She showed me photos(this was before I knew if the nipple could be left intact) and they looked fantastic!

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Who does tattoos? Location? Will be needing tattoo.

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@anjalima

My next step, after unilateral exchange surgery in July, would be the nipple decision. My choices are do nothing, nipple reconstruction plus tattoo and 3d tattoo without nipple reconstruction.

Any thoughts out there?

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I personally decided on 3D nipple tattoos because, quite frankly, I love not having projection at all. Means I can go without a bra and not worry about it. Also, I've had four breast surgeries and enough is enough….

That said, it's a bit of a different situation if you have the desire to match your natural nipple. Then I wonder if the reconstruction plus the tattoo would give you better results? I'd ask your surgeon. Another option out there is nipple prosthetics. I believe there are companies that can make a prosthetic to match your natural nipple. I have a pair of prosthetic nipples that I like, and if it were up to hubby, I would stick with those and forget about nipple tattoos, LOL. But for some reason I'm seeking a more permanent solution….And, a final option is to do nothing at all. Just boils down to how you feel about it – not everyone feels the need to do something about the nipple(s), and that is completely fine!!

Best of luck to you!

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@jaynep

Forget to say Good Luck!

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Thank you!!

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@coffeefreak

I personally decided on 3D nipple tattoos because, quite frankly, I love not having projection at all. Means I can go without a bra and not worry about it. Also, I've had four breast surgeries and enough is enough….

That said, it's a bit of a different situation if you have the desire to match your natural nipple. Then I wonder if the reconstruction plus the tattoo would give you better results? I'd ask your surgeon. Another option out there is nipple prosthetics. I believe there are companies that can make a prosthetic to match your natural nipple. I have a pair of prosthetic nipples that I like, and if it were up to hubby, I would stick with those and forget about nipple tattoos, LOL. But for some reason I'm seeking a more permanent solution….And, a final option is to do nothing at all. Just boils down to how you feel about it – not everyone feels the need to do something about the nipple(s), and that is completely fine!!

Best of luck to you!

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Thank you. Where did you purchase nipple prosthesis; would love to try that first.

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@anjalima

Thank you. Where did you purchase nipple prosthesis; would love to try that first.

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I’d love to hear from you too!

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@anjalima

Thank you. Where did you purchase nipple prosthesis; would love to try that first.

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I ordered from Naturally Impressive. They look quite realistic! I think Pink Perfect will make custom nipples to match one’s natural nipple. Hope this helps!!

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@coffeefreak

I ordered from Naturally Impressive. They look quite realistic! I think Pink Perfect will make custom nipples to match one’s natural nipple. Hope this helps!!

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Very helpful. Thank you. 💗

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Tattoos fade and they fade in a bizarre patchy way.
After way too many surgeries my surgeon decided on the 3D tattoos for me. I honestly think she was way more excited about them than I was. The artist was amazing and her work was absolute perfection.
I was also ghosted after the main reconstructions when my surgeon upgraded from doing breast cancer reconstructions to a shiny private office full of laser therapies and private cosmetic surgeries.
I was fairly certain I remember being told I needed more fat grafting as well as the nipple tat touch ups. But after the second tat shading appointment she told me I was all finished and to talk to my primary if I had any questions or complications. My primary had questions about my reconstruction, she referred them to ask an oncologist because she’s “ just the surgeon”. The oncologist was like but this isn’t my work so how would I know, ask the reconstruction surgeon… so I get zero follow up from anyone.
But they’ve faded so much after, I guess it’s been three years now, that it looks more odd than anything. Like you can tell that it’s a nipple, maybe, but the layers of how it’s fading make my breast look more like they’re bruised than nipples.
I was interested in nipple reconstitution but think my surgeon was just tired of dealing with me personally. I had a lot of surgeries and the income was exciting for her to do but I wasn’t happy with being gaslighted into getting them. I really really liked her too but it pretty much ended what was a really good friendship and her staff left her because of the way she was rolling through cancer patients as cash cows too,
But anyways.
The prosthetic type of stickers I was given with the nips on them to know what I would look like with new nips seemed more realistic. I wish I had just gotten them because it’s actually nice not needing to cover my nips or have them protrude through clothing.
It’s been a few years and the biggest discomfort I’ll get is from trying to wear a bra, they simply don’t fit comfortably no matter the size, I wear camisoles and shape wear.
If you want the tats go for it, they do look nice and you can go and pay a tat artist for the touch ups over time as needed.
I can’t offer advice on the surgery I haven’t experienced it.
But I personally did like the stick on prosthetics the most.

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