"Decorative" tattoos over mastectomy/reconstruction?
Hi! I was wondering if anyone got/is planning to get tattoos over their breasts after their mastectomy? I'd love to hear about it, what you got, how big the tattoo(s) are, how it looks with scars, how it affected your self-esteem, anything.
Also, how long do you have to wait before getting the tattoo? I'm impatient, and want one right away, but I understand healing might take a while.
I just started looking at pictures of post-surgery tattoos (I actually just got diagnosed, too), and was right away like, this is it, this is what I'm going to do. I have some tattoos already, so getting new ones is always an exciting prospect for me. I'm worried about my body image after chemo and surgery (and a thyroid thing all year where I gained 50lbs and have terrible stretch marks, ugh), and I think this would really help, and turn something difficult into something I find positive and beautiful.
As for tattoos, there are so many awesome shapes and styles out there. My favorites so far (I'm not sure if it's cool to post pics of them) are ones that are kind of a half-bra style (a lot like those little stick on "bras", and then fairly big ones that continue up above the bra/tank top line. I'm not sure about the latter, though, cause I'm not sure if I'd want it on both sides, and I liked the ones that were symmetrical in shape best. In all the suckiness that is happening right now, I'm actually really excited and focusing on this little thing.
That's the one thing I'm looking forward to in all this (it's also great, cause it gives me a goal and something to look forward to while I'm dealing with tests/chemo/the surgery).
I'm planning on doing a double mastectomy with some type of reconstruction, not sure yet.