Mastectomies affect every woman differently; even though the procedure is common, the result is a very personal experience for each individual. While some women are comfortable being “flat,” others feel the need to have their breasts reconstructed. No matter the choice, there’s one thing that many women do opt for: mastectomy tattoos.
Like other tattoos, mastectomy tattoos can help women express themselves and can vary widely in design. Some choose cancer ribbons while others choose colorful designs or inspirational images. Many women even opt for 3-D areola/nipple tattoos to complete the look of their breasts. No matter what they choose, mastectomy tattoos offer a variety of benefits for each woman:
For many women, mastectomy tattoos can be a way to bring closure to their cancer journey. Whether they’ve had a mastectomy in order to treat cancer or to prevent cancer, the procedure can be an emotional one. A mastectomy tattoo is a popular way for women to put the past behind them and to move forward in life. It’s also a way to tell others that they’re happy in their body.
When a woman has a mastectomy that removes her nipple, she may begin to miss that part of her body. Luckily, there are very talented tattoo artists today that can help bring it back. At Medical Cosmetics, our head aesthetician Michelle is certified by the Sauler Institute of Tattooing. This institute is nationally recognized for training in areola and 3-D nipple micropigmentation. Michelle can create a realistic areola and/or nipple on the breast area of a mastectomy patient to help her look and feel “normal” again.
Whether it’s a partial mastectomy or a total mastectomy, the procedure can leave a woman with a body she’s not used to. Nevertheless, many women are still proud of their breast area and what they’ve gone through. One of the ways they can express their pride is through an artistic tattoo. Many mastectomy tattoos feature beautiful images of flowers, feathers, leaves, patterns, and more to make the area a work of art.
More About Mastectomies
A mastectomy is a procedure that removes the whole breast. There are five different kinds of mastectomies:
- Total mastectomy
- Modified radical mastectomy
- Radical mastectomy
- Partial mastectomy
- Subcutaneous mastectomy
While all mastectomies remove the breast, there are different levels that can also include the removal of muscle, lymph nodes, and/or cancerous tissue. The type of mastectomy varies for each individual based on their level of cancer or if they’re trying to prevent it.
If you’re interested in mastectomy tattoos, give Medical Cosmetics a call. We’ll set you up with a consultation and discuss your vision.