Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Making a Woman Whole Again with Areola Repigmentation

Areola Repigmentation

Tattooing for nipple replacement after breast cancer
National Areola and Nipple Tattoo Registry
We have come a long way from the Halsted Technique of the radical mastectomy developed in 1882. William Halsted was known as the " Father of American Surgery ". Current techniques have fundamentally evolved to Oncoplastic surgery, which is a new paradigm in mastectomies that greatly improves the cosmetic appearance and symmetry. According to Dr. John West of the Be Aware Foundation ( www.beawarefoundation.org ) in Tustin, CA, " Our primary goal is to improve survival and the secondary goal is making a women feel whole again ".


Areola repigmentation is a little know, but highly successful procedure of re-creating a nipple and areola complex on cancer survivors. Myself and many fellow tattoo artists such as Brian Everett of the National Areola and Nipple Tattoo Registry ( NANTR ) fondly refer to this modus operandi as " the cherry on the sundae ". Or as Jill Hoyer, a prominent artist in the San Francisco Bay Area states " areola tattooing is generally the last step in a long journey and being a part of it is amazing ". I wholeheartedly agree, this procedure truly makes a woman feel whole again, and what a gift for both survivor and technician.
 
Because of the change in medicine in the past 2 years as cited by Dr. West, many doctors are viewing areola repigmentation as an integral and vital part of the reconstructive process. We are now able to create a 3 dimensional breast on a one dimensional plane. On bilateral mastectomies with or without nipple reconstruction a seasoned tattoo artist can re-create the nipple and areola complex using shading, highlighting, definition and contouring. We are even able to re-create the Montgomery Glands. For unilateral mastectomies we arte able to match both sides and create symmetry with the " 3D " technique. As with the drastic improvement in the reconstructive process and improved tattoo techniques, the " cherry on the sundae " is definitely the end result.
For information on breast cancer and your rights in regards to mastectomies view www.breastcancer.org and www.nantr.com.
Cheers
Dale Hall
Replacing the Nipple after a masectomy from Breast cancer with areola repigmentation using permanent makeup.
Areola Repigmentation


Permanent Makeup in San Diego

Loraine-Dale Hall has 20 years experience doing permanent makeup in San Diego.  If interested in cosmetic tattooing, she offers a free consultation to review your optimal results. Dale currently holds memberships in The American Association of Micropigmentation ( AAM ) , The Society of Permanent Makeup Professionals ( SPCP ) and The National Areola and Nipple Tattoo Registry ( NANTR ).
For more information please go to her Website.

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