Hello everyone! I am hoping for some great feedback and references for 3-D nipple tattooing. I am a BC survivor and also an RN for a plastic surgeon in Twin Falls, ID. 14 months ago I had a BMX with TE/implant reconstruction. Over the last several years, I have become frustrated with the limited options my patients (and now myself) have for NAC tatooing. I have seen many, many, many BC reconstruction pt's get to the point of considering tatooing...but do not have a tattoo artist they trust any where close to Twin Falls Idaho. I have done alot of research on 3-D artists...and I am so impressed. Sadly, I have no one I can recommend for 3-D nipple tattooing that is closer than 2000 miles away. So, I have been formulating this crazy idea in my head.
I would estimate that 90% of my BC reconstruction patients, do not pursue NAC tatooing. They spend months and multiple surgeries to get to a place where they have beautiful breasts (and maybe nipples), and then we have to say to them..."We are sorry. There is this great 3-D tattooing technique being done...but I don't know anyone I could recommend to you anywhere in the Western U.S. There are tattooist in the area that can do marginal results (at best) but I wouldn't recommend them." It is just so sad for me. I feel like I go through the reconstruction process and then abandon them at the very end.
Sooo, I am going to try to find a very talented 3-D tatoo artist who would like to make a trip to Twin Falls, Idaho. I could easily arrange 30 patients ( or more) who would like 3-D NAC tattooing. I have a very beautiful procedure room with OR lights and an autoclave available for use. It would be perfect. My office is affiliated with St. Lukes Mountain Tumor Institution as well as Renaissance Plastic Surgery. My goal would that billing for the NAC tattoo could be done with the patient's insurance. It would be amazing for so many people to have this as an option for them.
I am needing some help with referrals. I am hoping that I will get an long list of amazing tattoo artists who would enjoy a few days in beautiful southern Idaho. I would contact them and see if this would be something they could help happen. I've already spoken with Vinnie - who I hear is the best- but I don't think he is able to do it.
So BC sisters, help me find a way that I can make this happen and help so many deserving BC survivors get their beautiful NAC's back.
Any ideas or suggestions would be so much appreciated!!!
TCH x 6 began 6/16/11, enrolled in ALTTO trial
5/6/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
5/6/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
5/9/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
6/15/2011 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
6/15/2011 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
10/19/2011 Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
10/31/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole)
11/14/2011 Tykerb (lapatinib)
12/13/2011 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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