• Nipple reconstruction vs 3D tattoo

    Asked by carmeldean on Wednesday, November 5, 2014

    Nipple reconstruction vs 3D tattoo

    Can anyone tell me their experience with nipple reconstruction? I am leaning towards the 3D tattoo because I think I'd prefer not to have to worry about "blinkers" being on all the time. How much do the nipples protrude right after surgery and how are they once it's all done? Also interested in any input on the 3D tattoos. Thanks!

    9 Answers from the Community

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    • debsweb18's Avatar

      They are really big when they are first reconstructed. Then over time they flatten out quite a bit. I don't think it protrudes as much as my natural one did. It's a personal preference.

      almost 7 years ago
    • Julie99's Avatar

      I was not a candidate for nipple reconstruction due to much radiation damage. I was referred to an amazing tattoo artist who does 3D nipple tattoos & I couldn't be happier with my results. Her link is: http://www.julimooncosmetic.com/about.html
      If you have any questions for me, let me know. I have a photo I took after my tattoos were done and I have no problem sharing that. Best of luck in your decision!

      almost 7 years ago
    • Dink's Avatar

      I had a central lumpectomy. , radiation then nipple reconstruction. I did fine. It is big at first then flattens out. I also got a tatoo around my nipple reconstruction to look like the areole. I'm real happy with it. Since it all helped to cover my scar and really looked natural . I also got a lift on the other side so it would all match . Very happy with results .

      almost 7 years ago
    • carmeldean's Avatar

      Thanks to all for the responses! When you say they are big at first...can you tell me how long they stay that way? Will I be able to camouflage it until they go down?

      almost 7 years ago
    • Dink's Avatar

      It was a couple months. I just wore a padded bra. Did you have radiation? My surgeon told me there was a chance it might not work because of radiation. But I did fine. But that is a chance you take

      almost 7 years ago
    • suz55's Avatar

      I had the left nipple reconstruction in February and the tattoo around both nipples two weeks ago. As mentioned above, it was large for a couple months, but also softer than the real one, so it didn't protrude as much. Now it protrudes less than the real one. Looks very realistic. I used cosmetic pads when needed to mask it. I'm just amazed by the whole reconstruction result, when I compare it to my post-mastectomy body that I had for a year.

      almost 7 years ago
    • Roses4ever's Avatar

      Hi carmeldean! I was totally scared of the same thing. I'm already so happy with my reconstruction and couldn't bare the thought of it being ruined by headlights. I actually chickened out of the entire nipple construction all together. A woman on the boards posted a link of a lady who was a special effects artist. She later was diagnosed with breast cancer and designed her own nipples. She now sells them online. I could not be happier with my order. They look so real it's unbelievable! The cost was $280. She also gives the medical codes so you can bill your insurance. They come with a special adhesive and stay on for a month at a time. You can shower and everything! Even my PS was amazed! I believe this was the right choice for me. Good luck no matter what you decide. I know it's a little scarey. God Bless!!! http://www.pink-perfect.com

      almost 7 years ago
    • PinkPeony's Avatar

      Some of the girls in my support group said they don't have nipples and enjoy wearing tight tee shirts and no bra. Guess there are silver linings to everything. Best wishes to you, and God Bless.

      almost 7 years ago
    • Jbro's Avatar

      The nipples protruded at first but now (one year later) they are very "flat". I'm very pleased with the appearance,

      almost 7 years ago

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