The Woodlands, TX Breast Cancer Pt has Prepectoral Implant Recon with 3D Tattoo

Procedure Details

This very active woman in her late 30s was scheduled for bilateral skin-sparing mastectomy to treat right breast cancer. After considering her options, she preferred prepectoral implant-based reconstruction as it best-suited her active lifestyle and desire for larger breast size. Immediate reconstruction with tissue expanders and FlexHD was performed at the time of her mastectomy. Four months later her second stage of reconstruction included replacing the tissue expanders with 485 cc full profile highly cohesive silicone gel implants, aka "gummy bear" implants. Fat grafting was also performed to improve reconstructed breast shape and chest wall contour. Liposuction of the outer thighs and hips was used to harvest the needed fat grafts. She completed her reconstructive journey with 3D nipple-areola tattooing, which was performed in-office by Dr. Albright's talented team.

3D Nipple Tattoos

The most natural-appearing reconstructed breasts are usually achieved by the creation of a projecting nipple mound prior to tattooing.  However, rather than undergoing an additional procedure to rebuild a nipple mound using breast skin or flap tissue, some women opt to have a nipple tattooed as the final step of their breast reconstruction.  The most realistic results are usually delivered by 3D nipple tattooing techniques.  The tattoo artist may use multiple shades of pigment to create highlights and lowlights that give the illusion of a three-dimensional structure when viewed from the front.  A 3D nipple tattoo can look quite real from a distance but may be less convincing up close.


Houston Methodist Hospital

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