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 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 was uncomfortable.”

Meyers told Christina that not many women felt much pain because the reconstruction area often felt 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.

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