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Topic: Tattoos with Vinnie

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

Posted on: May 29, 2020 04:54AM

LBG10 wrote:

Iam scheduled for my Final procedure! Tattoos with Vinnie Myers! I will be traveling to Nola to see him, my question is, has anyone been to him, did you tip? Seeing him at a travel site increases the price of the tattoos from $800 to $1200. But I wondered if I tip on top of that amount? If so, what would be a reasonable amount? thank you ladies

LBG10

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May 29, 2020 05:21AM farmerlucy wrote:

I did them seven years ago at his shop. At that time they were $300 a side. I did not tip. $1200 is quite high, unless insurance pays some.

Dx at 51 after a preventive mx that wasn't. Oncotype dx 3. 3D tattoos from Vinnie! PTSD?? You are not alone! Surgery 2/20/2012 Prophylactic mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 2/24/2012, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 3/10/2012 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 7/21/2012 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 4/9/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 4/13/2015 Prophylactic ovary removal
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May 29, 2020 01:52PM KeepingCalm wrote:

My impression is he's become in such high demand he can presumably justify the increased fees.

LBG10, have you been in touch with him during the pandemic? I called and left a message but never heard back. I heard he can have a significant wait list so wanted to try and get on that even though I may not be ready to have this done until closer to the end of the calendar year, if he has availability at that point.

Thanks for any input you might have!

Dx 2/2020, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 3/23/2020 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Chemotherapy 5/7/2020 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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May 29, 2020 02:38PM LBG10 wrote:

yes, I’ve been in contact with him for over the past year as this is the 3rd time I’ve scheduled

Once bc I decided to have another surgery, the 2nd bc of the pandemic.

If you are wanting to see him at a travel location you will have to get on a list! You will also need to pay a deposit!

I actually found it very easy to get scheduled! They have been very accommodating!

Hope this answers your question

Lbg

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May 29, 2020 06:58PM KeepingCalm wrote:

Thanks so much LBJ. I’m fortunate to be in the DC area so within a relatively short driving distance so that should make it easier but called one time right at the start of the pandemic just to get myself on whatever list there might be and didn’t hear back. It’s so helpful to get your feedback - I will call again! Thank tou

Dx 2/2020, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 3/23/2020 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Chemotherapy 5/7/2020 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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May 30, 2020 02:09PM AnnC2019 wrote:

KeepingCalm,

Let me know how it goes. I plan on scheduling something with him after my exchange surgery whenever that will be. I wonder if the tatoos darken over time and does it help to go lighter. Has anyone taken pictures of their former nipples to try to match the color

Dx 6/19/2019, ILC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 8/15/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/28/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy 11/4/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 7/22/2020 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement
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May 30, 2020 05:17PM farmerlucy wrote:

Mine have lightened a tad, I think, but they still look amazing. Vinnie is a true artist and he really know what colors are going to work with your skin tone. You won’t be disappointed.

Dx at 51 after a preventive mx that wasn't. Oncotype dx 3. 3D tattoos from Vinnie! PTSD?? You are not alone! Surgery 2/20/2012 Prophylactic mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 2/24/2012, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 3/10/2012 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 7/21/2012 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 4/9/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 4/13/2015 Prophylactic ovary removal
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May 30, 2020 09:16PM Krose53 wrote:

I saw Vinnie in October and had my nippples done. I let him chose the size and color. I really had no idea what would look best. He did any amazing job. My PS was very impressed. I did not tip him. Actually, didn't even occur to me. I'm sure you will me very pleased.

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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Jul 10, 2020 07:10PM jenny99 wrote:

Hello, I had my implants done almost a year ago and am ready to have my nipple tattooing done next and have been researching Vinnie Myers. I did not know that it was possible to meet him anywhere other than his shop for the procedure until I read your post. Do you know how to find out what those locations are? I see that his shop near Baltimore is temporarily closed due to COVID.

Thanks.

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Jul 10, 2020 10:35PM - edited Jul 10, 2020 10:35PM by Krose53

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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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Jul 10, 2020 10:36PM Krose53 wrote:

I had mine done in San Diego

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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Jul 11, 2020 02:09PM Moominmamma wrote:

I had my tattoo done at Vinnie's shop 6 years ago outside Baltimore. Mine was done by a younger man he was training, whose name I forget now, and I am very happy with it. I didn't tip. As Vinnie is the shop owner, no tip, butnot sure one would do a tip for a pseudo medical procedure anyway. My insurance covered some of the cost.

Dx 8/2007, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/9/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 9/16/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 5/30/2012, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 7/11/2012 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Dx 9/15/2018, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/other, Grade 3, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy 10/1/2018 Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy 10/5/2018 Ibrance (palbociclib) Radiation Therapy 3DCRT: Breast, Lymph nodes Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 11, 2020 05:54PM sbelizabeth wrote:

I had Vinnie do mine in San Diego in 2017. It cost $1200, and it never occurred to me to tip. I don't think it's customary. There was no waffling around about size or color; Vinnie knew what would work best. I don't think the color has faded over time. They look so real that any new doctor who examines me is taken aback.

pinkribbonandwheels.wordpress.... Dx 10/20/2011, IDC/IBC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 6/28 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/15/2011 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 4/18/2012 Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/21/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/19/2012 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 4/15/2013 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Sep 18, 2020 07:02PM GwennyMD wrote:

I had mine done by the older guy on Vinnie 's team in 2016. I think his name was Paul. He has been with Vinnie for many years. I was very comfortable with him. I think that at least one of the team members travels with Vinnie. At that time they went to Northeast (maybe Boston), California and NOLA.

Dx 12/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIB, 2/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/7/2013 Lumpectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 3/19/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Doxil (doxorubicin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 10/15/2013 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap, Free TRAM flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap, Free TRAM flap
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Sep 23, 2020 08:51AM greenpeace wrote:

I had a a tattoo done years ago by the plastics guy. I am black and apparently pigments may take more than one time. I actually could feel my tattoo so I wasn't sure anyone else had sensation. I have considered doing it again, but I am wondering if the fading would happen again.

Dx 10/28/2011, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 12/27/2011 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2011 Surgery 2/23/2012 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 3/5/2012, DCIS, 5cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/27/2012 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 7/11/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)

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