3 Myths About Nipple Tattoos

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons Serving Denver, Lone Tree, Colorado & Nationwide

Posted: November 15, 2022
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You may be interested in getting nipple tattoos after breast reconstruction. After all, this technique can make reconstructed breasts look more realistic when nipple-sparing mastectomies aren’t an option. Don’t let common nipple tattoo myths sway your decision. Get the facts from our board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons in Denver, Colorado.

1. Nipple Tattoos Are Painful

Most tattoos hurt. However, nipple tattoos are the exception. You probably won’t have much sensation in your breasts after mastectomy and reconstruction, so the tattoos shouldn’t hurt. 

That said, some women do experience mild to moderate discomfort during their appointment. We’ll check in with you throughout the entire process. We can always apply numbing cream if needed. Any post-treatment discomfort is easily controlled with over-the-counter medications.

2. Nipple Tattoos Are Expensive

Nipple tattoos are more affordable than nipple reconstruction surgery. However, insurance will often reimburse some or all of the cost of both techniques, so it may not be a deciding factor for you. 

The Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 requires most group insurance providers to cover reconstructive services if they cover mastectomies. We can help determine your eligibility.

3. You Can Get Nipple Tattoos Right Away

You may be eager to complete your breast reconstruction journey as soon as possible. However, you shouldn’t rush into getting nipple tattoos. It’s best to wait at least several months after breast reconstruction surgery. This delay will ensure that you’ve had enough time to heal.

Nipple tattooing is not performed during most breast reconstruction or nipple reconstruction surgeries. Scheduling it later allows you to evaluate the results from those procedures first. 

Book a Nipple Tattoo Consultation in Lone Tree

Nipple tattooing, also known as areola pigmentation, can be an excellent way to enhance your breast reconstruction results. Our team will gladly help you decide if it can meet your needs. 

Call 303-706-1100 to schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons. The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery serves Denver, Lone Tree, and nearby areas of Colorado, as well as across the country.

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