Nipple Tattooing

There has recently been a lot of press about certain tattoo artists who are all of a sudden seemingly specializing in 3D tattooing of a nipple and areola in breast reconstruction. This is nothing new to me or our practice as I have been doing this for nearly twenty years. As an accomplished artist, it was a natural marriage of sorts between art and surgery of sorts. I have done thousands of nipple reconstructions for post-mastectomy patients with a fairly unique technique I developed in the 1990’s. (it can be seen on our YouTube channel at Spiro Plastic Surgery). I have done the tattooing personally into most of those nipples I reconstructed over the years. There is a subset of women who just don’t want a formal nipple reconstruction procedure, so for these women I do 3D tattooing. I use only approved medical grade, natural pigments (nonmetals) and often blend or use a variety of colors (sometimes up to 5 per patient) to get a real Trompe-l’oeil look! Check out my YouTube video documenting me doing nipple tattooing- you’ll love it!


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Graphite/Pencil Hybrid-Painting by Dr. Scott Spiro