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When it comes to mastectomy’s there is a lot of emotional trauma that goes along with the visual physical cosmetic change to the body. (I have always equated it with a man losing his penis.) When a woman suffers through what is now becoming a world-wide epidemic, breast cancer, it not only effects her but everyone who is connected to her as well. The trauma spreads through her family like a virus when a woman is becomes defeated with this. There are many surgeries, many fears, many changes, and a lot of pain associated with breast cancer, so its very important to begin the healing process and planning as soon as you are finished with surgery. It is advised to let your last scars heal for 2-5 months before tattooing over them and talking to your surgeon will give you a better idea of time. They must fully heal and take a long time to do so. Ive worked with both single and double mastectomies, with and without areolas or nipples, some heavily scarred some simple and clean. Clients come to me at all ages from 30’s to 70’s. My studio has a private room for tattooing so you do not need to worry about privacy or being seen. I prefer consultations before all appointments and a photo shoot when its done and healed if you are comfortable, as I am also preparing for a major art show within the next year. Currently I am involved with Florida Hospital, having been asked to attend and speak at monthly women’s meetings. Am referred by Moffitt Cancer Center, and have a few plastic surgeons with direct referral. Beginning this past year, I travel and teach at different conventions about breast cancer and tattooing. At the moment I am in talks with a company in Tallahassee for an international group of artists being chosen but this is all I can say at the moment (wink). I’ve worked hard to get to this point, following what my true passion is…..changing lives one drop of ink at a time. How I began will bring most to tears, ask me when we meet, I love to relive my first one. Thank you for reading……..more info below.
As you can see from these three photos, there are options available for the aftermath. Most women choose to go back with implants, which is advised, but nipples are optional. You can either have the protrusion part of the nipple created with or without the areola. If you opt for areolas they are always tattooed on, and I DO NOT suggest letting someone at the Doctors office do them. They are NOT tattoo artist, knowing the craft well enough to guarantee the longevity, and most want you to return at least 3 times to touch up what should have been done right the first time, and its NOT free. Aside from that, a lot of times they are uneven, and do not have that 3 dimensional, natural look either. They will charge you the same amount each time you return, whereas the inks and machines we use (if done by a good artist) should only require 1 touch up, if needed. I specialize in both nipple areola and cover up scar tattooing.
I’ve transformed women from as young as 40 to mid-60’s, to include women who have never been tattooed before. I’ve also tattooed their family and loved ones who wanted to honor her and her victory, which also helps them heal from all they have been through, helping them to also close this door of their past and step into a new one. This can be a time of overcoming or a time of self defeat, the choice is yours, but you don’t have to make it alone, and you don’t have to look at those scars the rest of your life, or fear taking your top off in front of the mirror or someone else.
It is my goal to help transform those scars, and heal your mind to be the beautiful woman you will always be, and always were. I absolutely love this area of tattooing be it breast mastectomy scars, c-sections, heart surgery, excess skin removal, etc, because it allows me to change someones life and changes mine in the process. I will never forget the women, their stories, and the connection we will forever have through intricate layers of ink.