What an interesting thread. A year ago a friend suggested that I had a mantra tatooed in place of a nipple and at the time I laughed. Now I am thinking that maybe this is a good idea.
I can't tell you how much I LOVE this idea! I've only had a lumpectomy but it has left a defect in my boob that bothers me (and it's also smaller than the other one) but I don't want to go to the hassle of corrective surgery which might not work so I'm completely taken with the idea of making a feature of it with a tattoo. Just had a look on Pinterest for some ideas and wow, they are brilliant aren't they 😄
I don't have any tattoos at the moment and have absolutely no idea how to go about finding a good tattoo artist so any feedback from you all will be very welcome (I'm in no hurry, still have to get through radiation first and give the skin time to heal so this will be a longer term project)
I'm all excited now Naz, please do keep us posted!
Ah Kitt.. same here!
Well, something pretty.. a chain of flowers, butterflies. not sure yet, I am going to look at some designs over the next few days to see what I like the look of. I got in touch with one parlour and sent them some photos to look at ( the scar needs to be flat and not red), so I am really hoping that mine will be okay!
Have you had a MX or reconstruction Kitt?
Thanks Kitt and Gay for your thoughts..
I have really got my head round the idea of having the scar tattooed, it is just a case of finding the right tattooist and plucking up heaps of confidence!
I wonder if the gel might have worked had it been suggested after the surgery, I am not sure. I don't think the scar is hypertrophic but it certainly has not faded at all over the last 3 years. I phoned the BCN today and she said she does not know of any ladies to have tattooed the entire scar on a reconstruction and that I should speak wtih the Plastic surgeon first (which I shall do).
I have also made contact with a tattoo parlour in Luton (they do the nipple areola tattoo for ladies) and apppear to be very good, so I am guessing they are used to working with 'traumatised' skin. I had to take photos to email them and am waiting to hear back.
I really can't imagine living with the front scar on show for the rest of my life ( I am 43 and was DX at 38!) so I shall certainly see what other options are available if a tattoo is a no no. Gay, I wish i had gone for a tattoo instead of a fake nipple if i am honest, pretending that something real when it isn't, well it kind of does not sit well with me any longer.
Will keep you posted and have lots of fun looking at all the designs for sure!
Just following on from my scar revision surgery thread, I have had a thought about getting a tattoo instead!
Has anyone had one to cover their reconstruction scar? I would love to look down in the bath and see a string of flowers, or something nice and feminine. I guess it wouldn't hurt as the whole area is numb.
I would LOVE to hear from anyone who has had a tattoo to cover their scar.