One Survivor’s Journey through Breast Cancer and Nipple Reconstruction

Permanent Cosmetic Options for Survivors

After the mastectomy, the chemotherapy, the radiation, and the breast reconstruction surgery, patients have undergone an exhausting, prolonged period of fighting for their lives and feeling themselves again.  Sometimes, the nipple and areola are overlooked after such an ordeal.  The two most common options that breast cancer survivors are aware of include doing nothing (that is, leaving the reconstructed breast bare) and surgical nipple reconstruction.  In such a procedure, skin is often grafted from another place in the body.

Sometimes, what survivors don’t know is that there is another option:  3D nipple and areola tattoo.  This non-surgical option is a way that some survivors choose to aesthetically complete their breast reconstruction.

The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 (WHCRA) is a federal law that provides protections to patients who choose to have breast reconstruction in connection with a mastectomy. With thousands of woman undergoing mastectomy procedures every year, it’s important for patients to understand mastectomy-related laws to the fullest to assist them in their road to recovery. This important note here is that nipple and areola tattoo is a covered procedure under WHCRA.

In honor of breast cancer awareness month, we worked with Dermagrafix Permanent Cosmetic Studio, LLC on this piece to educate breast cancer survivors about the option for nipple and areola tattoo.

Permanent makeup is an art; not all artists are blessed with equal talents.  The permanent makeup artists at Dermagrafix are proud of their talents and abilities to help women see something incredibly realistic beyond a mastectomy scar with nipple and areola tattoo.

Jacqueline Hillgrube

This article is presented by Jacqueline Hillgrube, REALTOR, Coldwell Banker Hearthside.

Coldwell Banker Hearthside, REALTORS // email //

Full-time Realtor in the Bucks County Area
Licensed in both PA and NJ
A member of their Executive Club, Diamond Club and the International Sterling Society
A trusted Realtor since 2004
2018 Winner Bucks Happening List, Real Estate Agent


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