Did you know that 1 in 4 (26%) cancers diagnosed in women in Canada are Breast cancer, 1 in 30 women in Canada will die from Breast cancer. In 2015, Breast cancer continues to be the most common Cancer diagnosis in Canadian women – with 1 in 4 (26.1%) cancer diagnoses being Breast cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Canadian women, after lung cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be about 231,840 new cases of invasive Breast cancer in the United States for 2015. In Australia, by 2020, 47 women will be diagnosed with Breast cancer every day. Breast Cancer is the leading cancer killer among women aged 20-59 World Wide. It has been documented that survival rates for women who choose Breast conservation surgery -Lumpectomy are as good as Breast removal – Mastectomy when treating early-stage Breast cancer.
However with excellent surgery techniques in Breast reconstruction and celebrities such as Angelia Jolie’s public announcement of her decision to have her Breasts removed after finding she carries a predisposition for Breast cancer, preference for Mastectomy is on the rise. Time magazine has even given this movement a name…’The Angelina Effect’.
I, myself, am lucky enough not to have any history of Breast cancer in my family and like most things… unless you are somehow directly or indirectly affected, you tend not to think or consider about those who are.
But recently, I had the privilege to take part in a very special workshop as part of my Cosmetic Tattoo technical development, which has thrust Breast cancer and in particular, post Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction, right in my path… and I was floored to say the least!
In June this year, I trained with Cosmetic Tattoo expert Christine Comans in the art of 3D Nipple and Areola tattooing on post mastectomy Breast reconstruction. I had never seen the healed effects of a Breast reconstruction in real life before and I have to say… no matter how much you read about Breast reconstruction or talk about Breast reconstruction, nothing quite prepares you for the shock of actually seeing the effect up close for the first time. The scars and the missing Nipple is confronting and it is a real ‘breath drawn in’ moment but… then I was in awe of the amazing work done by surgeons to reconstruct a Breast (or two) from absolutely nothing and have it look as close to a normal Breast as possible.
My job as a Cosmetic Tattooist is to put the finishing touch on the reconstruction. To recreate the Nipple that is often removed as part of the mastectomy. It isn’t an absolutely necessary step and some women may not bother. I mean, once the actual Breast is reconstructed the patient will look the same when wearing a bra and regular clothing whether or not a Nipple is present. But I think that the popularity of this procedure stems more from a personal perspective. The recreation of the missing Nipple and Areola is a very important ‘EMOTIONAL’ step for the mental recovery of the cancer patient. It’s another step toward vanquishing the daily reminder of what they have been through and a step well worth taking when done well.
With the 3D Cosmetic Tattoo technique, both the Nipple and the Areola are tattooed onto the new breast. Colours are carefully chosen to match the client’s skin and the 3D technique gives the nipple and Areola dimension and perspective with unbelievably realistic results.
The tattoo needs to be freshened up every 3 – 5 years to maintain results. This procedure is also popular as a regular cosmetic procedure. If you are not happy with the colour of your Nipple and Areola… if it’s too dark, too light, maybe not big enough or one is different to the other, then Cosmetic Tattoo may be an option.
If you or someone you know is considering Breast reconstruction following Mastectomy or would like to find out about having a simple colour enhancement then be sure to check out the following Cosmetic Tattoo experts:
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Marina Capitelli With Christine Comans And Colleagues At Our Cosmetic Tattoo Workshop In June 2015.
Marina Capitelli Performing The Tatooing Procedure On A Patient
Below Are Images Of The Tatooed Breasts
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Recostructed Breasts Before The Tatooing Procedure
Reconstructed Breasts After The Tatooing Procedure
Before And After The Tatooing Procedure
Before And After The Tatooing Procedure