Breast reconstruction is all about having options.
One of our breast reconstruction patients decided to take a different path when it came time for nipple reconstruction.
“Dr. Bolitho is the type of person who you feel absolutely comfortable with; and, when it came time to decide on nipple reconstruction I did a lot of research regarding what would be best for me,” Christina said. “After a lot of consideration, I approached Dr. Bolitho about 3-D nipple tattoos that were performed by a top-notch artist who currently works at the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery in New Orleans and Dr. Bolitho gave me the green light.”
Christina, 47, who had a bilateral mastectomy in 2011, completed her breast reconstruction journey in 2013 with with her 3-D nipple tattoos. She had silicone gel-filled implants as part of her reconstruction procedure.
And she is thrilled with the reconstruction results and her 3-D nipple tattoos.
“Many people ask me whether or not it was painful. I had never had a tattoo before so I really didn’t know what to expect,” she said. Christina added, “My left side was virtually painless, but the right side, had a bit of discomfort.”
Meyers told Christina that not many women felt much pain because the reconstruction area often feels numb. In under an hour, the tattoos were completed.
Below is a CNN clip of Vinnie Meyers who lives in Maryland but frequently travels to New Orleans to help women at the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery.