Hi Runningfree, Surely tatoos are lovely and after mastectomy they make them look beautiful.
Today I had a permanent makeup tattoo done to give me back my missing nipple. My scar is quite neat, horizontal across my breast and although it didn't bother me looking in the mirror and seeing the line across, tonight upon getting undressed to go to bed I noticed (even with cling film on it) how normal it makes me look.
My treatment was carried out by a lovely lady called Faye Marie who donates this service to people who've had breast cancer. I would thoroughly recommend this procedure to anyone. I'm one happy lady 😀
I was lucky enough to have a reconstruction when I had the surgery and on the whole I don't think tattoos are a good idea - too permanent having said that, Sue your tattoo looks amazing as does your hair... Love the colours.
I think you need to think long and hard about having a tattoo, the design etc has to be just right as you can't change it once it's been done. Sue's tattoo looks amazing and I think that providing you get a good design and a good tattooist it's a good idea. Because it is such a big step (and as has already been said) try and get a tattooist who specialises in tattooing scares and find out if you can see any of their work first. I think I probably would have a tattoo if I hadn't had a reconstruction as I think as Sue says it empowers you and you would be looking at something special to you. What does hubby think? I would also get him to help with the design as he will be the one who looks at it the most 😀. The other thing to consider is how much feeling you have as I have been told that it can be painful I sure Sue could let you know about the practical side of things. I haven't got any real feeling in my false boob but my nerve endings feel everything at the moment, not sure if that is same for you.
please let us knows what you decide and I wish you luck with what ever you decide to do XX
Sorry that you havent had a reply to your post yet. There are various conversations about tattoos covering mastectomy scars hopefully someone will reply to you soon with thier thoughts and experience.
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I had my mx 29/11/15
Wasnt offered immediate reconstruction as it was surgeons first op back from a RSI.
She then left!
i got on with my chemo and herceptin ( due to finish in 3 weeks. Yay!)
I'm 5'5" size 10 (36A). I was a keen runner before all this and have kept this up ( just!) throughout my treatment . It's often been my sanity.
When I saw the general surgeon in January ( still no breast surgeon in post at the time) ( I live on an island so 2nd opinion not easy) he was a little discouraging for various reasons re reconstruction. My husband doesn't want me to have surgery, thinks the rest of me is in good condition (lol!) and worries I could end up with a load of problems, particularly re my running. The only suggestion they are making is lipofill, which I understand doesn't always work first time. I have very little fat on me so they've said I might get dimpling as well.
Most of the time I'm ok with the scar.
I COULD GO WITH A BIG TATTOO?
Does anyone have any thoughts?
i would really appreciate ANY advice!