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Topic: 3D Tattoos Doctors office vs tattoo shop

Forum: Breast Reconstruction — Is it right for you? Discuss timing and various procedures and techniques.

Posted on: Jan 7, 2019 07:51PM

SDWoman wrote:

I would like opinions on the pros and cons of having tattoos done in a doctors office vs tattoo shop.

Also, does anyone have experience with Lenny Renken Tattoos in Omaha?

Diagnosed at 48. Extensive family history of breast cancer (3 aunts, 3 cousins, sister) Dx 11/21/2018, DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 12/13/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Jan 7, 2019 10:45PM Luckynumber47 wrote:

You need to chose a 3D tattoo artist who specializes in 3D nipple tattoos. One who does tattoos as a career and has done lots and lots of nipple tattoos. You MIGHT find someone like that in a drs office but you’re much more likely to find those requirements in a tattoo artist.

I have heard that they use different inks in drs offices and that they fade. I’m not an expert on inks so that would be a really good question as you interview artists.

Everyone here raves about Vinny Myers and artists he has trained. He was too far for me to travel so I went to a local artist, Eric Eye in Seattle. He spent a long time with me to figure out exactly what I wanted and getting the color and size right. He also offered free touch ups the first year.

Getting these tattoos was probably the best thing I did for myself after surgery. Now when I look in the mirror I look nearly normal. Just wish I could show them off Winking

My avatar is a Blue Footed Boobie. Cracked me up. Dx 2/15/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 3/16/2016, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 4/6/2016 Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy 5/16/2016 Femara (letrozole)
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Jan 8, 2019 02:30AM Meow13 wrote:

Is that Eric on capital hill, near broadway? I feel really strange going to a tattoo parlor, it seems so open and having a man do the nipple tattoo not sure I could bring myself to do that. I guess I am old and very modest individual. I thought about madame lozenge down on Western. I think the shop is wide open with booths like at the hair dressers. Ugh I want it done but bringing myself to it is hard. I had 2 tattoo attempts at the doctor's office which was private both faded completely away.

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Jan 8, 2019 10:32AM SDWoman wrote:

Meow13 After further research, I see he works out of the following location.

Aesthetic Surgery | Dreams MedSpa
17617 Burke Street at Village Pointe Medical Center

Have you heard anything about the place? I am in Sioux Falls.

Diagnosed at 48. Extensive family history of breast cancer (3 aunts, 3 cousins, sister) Dx 11/21/2018, DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 12/13/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Jan 25, 2019 06:41PM TessaW wrote:

I know of one woman message from a breast cancer Boutique who does them but charges $700. A random tattoo shop will charge me only $200.

Cost is an issue for me but at the same time do you think you get what you pay for?

Surgery tumor removal from scar tissue, May 2018, lung sugery Nov 2018 Dx 9/2013, IDC, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/6/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy 1/16/2014 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 3/23/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 4/9/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole), Femara (letrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone), Zoladex (goserelin) Hormonal Therapy
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Jan 25, 2019 06:42PM TessaW wrote:

I know of one woman from a breast cancer Boutique who does them but charges $700. A random tattoo shop will charge me only $200.

Cost is an issue for me but at the same time do you think you get what you pay for?

Surgery tumor removal from scar tissue, May 2018, lung sugery Nov 2018 Dx 9/2013, IDC, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/6/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy 1/16/2014 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 3/23/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 4/9/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole), Femara (letrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone), Zoladex (goserelin) Hormonal Therapy
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Jan 25, 2019 07:12PM Meow13 wrote:

sdwoman, I will look it up thanks.

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Oct 12, 2019 12:54PM robinblessed54 wrote:

Ladies, I had my first set of tattoos at my doctors office and they faded and looked like the Target sign at the mall! I did get a second set at a tattoo shop in Upland CA by Corey Miller. It did cost $600, but worth every penny! They look so good and like said above, makes a big difference when you look in the mirror. Robin


Dx 9/2/2014, ILC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/25/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 10/15/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2014 Aromasin (exemestane) Surgery 3/5/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 3/14/2015 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 12/21/2016 Reconstruction (left): Nipple tattoo; Reconstruction (right): Nipple tattoo
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Oct 12, 2019 02:16PM exbrnxgrl wrote:

I seriously considered 3D nipple tattooing for my one missing nipple. I agree that going to a highly experienced tattoo artist is very important, but realize that the costs can be high. I recall that there were artists who offered free or low cost services to breast cancer patients, so you might try to find an experienced artist and see if they have any special programs to reduce the cost. Ultimately, I decided not to do it because I was just plain tired of anything mire being done to my body. All the best

Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 11/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/21/2011 Bone Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2014 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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Oct 12, 2019 06:56PM Meow13 wrote:

I got a quote of $600 at tattoo shop. My doctor's office made 2 failed attempts ink completely faded they charged my insurance both times.

Not at all comfortable with going into the shop to have it done but I guess no choice if I want it permanent.

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Oct 12, 2019 09:26PM - edited Oct 12, 2019 09:27PM by Meow13

Hey might have found a good fit, thanks dollnoodle! Looked up someone paramedically trained pigment expert who also does scar revisions.

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Oct 12, 2019 09:51PM Krose53 wrote:

Hi, I had mine done by Vinnie Meters 2 months ago. It is super private and you are in Vinnie's office in a closed room. Everyone is very nice and respectful. Vinnie is great and will make you feel at ease. He did a beautiful, realistic job.Quick and pretty painless. So glad I did it.

Dx 11/16/2017, ILC/IDC, Both breasts, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 12/27/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 1/22/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2018
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Oct 25, 2019 12:05AM Meow13 wrote:

Well I had it done Monday. Looks good now I go back in November.

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Nov 14, 2019 09:27PM SDWoman wrote:

Meow13 did you go to Lenny in Omaha?

Diagnosed at 48. Extensive family history of breast cancer (3 aunts, 3 cousins, sister) Dx 11/21/2018, DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 12/13/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Nov 15, 2019 04:31PM Meow13 wrote:

No I went to a woman in Federal Way WA, she is local and has expertise in dealing with scar tissue. I go back next week for touch up, she only charges $80 a session. She explained that nipple tattooing can be difficult on reconstructed breast due to the scar tissue. She thinks it may take another try.

She did a beautiful match to my real side I am happy.

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Nov 15, 2019 06:29PM MCBaker wrote:

I have an appointment for a nipple tat with my plastic surgeon's NP. Of course, I already know her, so I am comfortable with that. It is after my last Herceptin infusion, so I see it as a closure ceremony. Except my oncologist and I will be discussing post-treatment surveillance at my next infusion appointment, so-- there is never really any closure.....ah, well, someday, eventually, they will close my casket.

Mary Dx 10/3/2018, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Surgery 11/15/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 11/16/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Targeted Therapy 12/18/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/19/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 6/27/2019 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Saline implant

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