If you plan to have nipple reconstruction, you’ll need to have it done before your tattoo procedure. Having nipple reconstruction after your tattoo procedure will affect the quality of your tattoo.
You’ll need to wait at least 3 months after your nipple reconstruction procedure to have your tattoo procedure. This will give your skin
If you had breast reconstruction surgery on just 1 of your breasts, we’ll only tattoo that breast. We can’t change the color or size of your other natural nipple or areola but will work to have both areolas to be as similar as possible.
If you want to make any other changes to your breast, such as changing the position of your implant, changing the type of implant, or making a scar less visible, talk with your plastic surgeon. In most cases, you’ll need to have these procedures before your nipple and areola tattoo procedure.
The week of your tattoo procedure, your healthcare provider will send a prescription for antibiotics to your pharmacy. Pick up your prescription before your procedure. If your pharmacy hasn’t received your prescription by the day before your procedure, call your surgeon’s office.
After you change into a hospital gown, your PA will talk with you about any concerns you have about pain during your tattoo procedure. After your mastectomy, it’s common to have lost feeling in your breasts. Most people only feel pressure or vibration during their tattoo procedure. Topical anesthetic (medication you put on your skin to make an area numb) may affect the color of your tattoo, so we don’t recommend using it unless you need to.
Your PA will talk with you about what you want your nipple and areola to look like, where you want it to be, and what color would look most natural for your skin tone. Then, they’ll mix the tattoo ink until they make a color that you both like. If you only have one breast reconstructed, your PA will try to match your natural nipple as closely as possible.
If you had nipple reconstruction, your PA will tattoo the reconstructed nipple and a circular area around it to recreate the areola.
If you didn’t have nipple reconstruction, your PA will use color and shading to make it look like a natural nipple. The tattoo won’t be raised but will look 3D.
Your tattoo appointment is scheduled for 90 minutes.
After your PA is done tattooing, they will place a dressing over the area. They will teach you how to care for your tattoo and give you the resource Instructions for After Your Nipple and Areola Tattoo Procedure. Follow your PA’s instructions and these guidelines: