BREAST RECONSTRUCTION: WORTH THE TRAVEL?
After a mastectomy, salve many women opt for surgical breast reconstruction. However, since surgery is intimidating and invasive, many alternate reconstruction methods have been developed and are now quite popular. These new techniques may be utterly necessary, as new studies show that, post-mastectomy, women often opt out of reconstructive surgery if a plastic surgeon is not located nearby. Is it worth the travel? Many women regain self-esteem extensively following surgery, so the medical community has advocated for it for quite some time. Yet a recent survey discovered that women who need to travel more than ten miles to a proper surgeon often balk at the procedure. It’s possible that merely distance may be preventing women from undergoing surgery that may radically alter their lives despite the fear a scalpel can put into many people. Is there more to this story?
This same survey showed that women who are privately insured opt for breast reconstructive surgery far more frequently than those enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid. Age and race play a factor too; the younger and whiter a woman is, the more likely she is to opt for the surgery, according to the survey. A less surprising, but still important, deterrent is the stage to which the cancer has progressed; those in later stages often avoided surgery. Are there alternatives? Again, absolutely. Paramedical cosmetic tattooing boasts none of the invasive facets of surgery; furthermore, its recovery time is minimal, and the pain associated with it is little to none. The same pigment and dermal insertion techniques used in tattooing and permanent makeup can be implemented to create the illusion of a full, structured areola. Surgery is often more expensive and inaccessible to those lacking healthcare, but paramedical cosmetic tattooing is an equal opportunity procedure. The Whitney Center is a world leader in areola reconstruction via paramedical tattooing. Our decade-plus helping women restore their areolas post-mastectomy has put us in a place of knowledge and expertise that no others can claim. Contact us today to learn how we can help bring back the self-esteem that a mastectomy can so often take away.
TATTOO YOUR SCARS AWAY WITH PERMANENT COSMETICS
Did you know that the same technology behind permanent makeup can also hide your scars? Permanent cosmetics can camouflage hypopigmented (lacking color) scars, try regardless of how you got them. Burns, cialis generic surgery, or otherwise, if it’s a hypopigmented scar, it can be blended in. General tips The majority, if not all, of scars that can be camouflaged are white. Rarely, a scar on mottled or unevenly colored skin can be camouflaged, although vitiligo is never treatable with this technique. It’s best to consult a permanent cosmetics professional about whether your scar can be worked on before scheduling an appointment or putting down any money. How it works Camouflaging a scar is like any other permanent cosmetic technique. Pigment customized to match your skin tone is inserted painlessly deep enough into the skin that it remains forever. One difference with scar camouflage is that the tattoos will often appear red for the first week or two, but they will absolutely fade into your natural skin color after this period. Paramedical applications Scar camouflage is often involved in breast augmentation following a mastectomy. In addition to nipple/areola restoration via permanent cosmetics, camouflaging the scars left over from the procedure can restore a natural, beautiful breast. Surgeons often refer their patients to permanent cosmetic technicians for this paramedical work. The Whitney Center has led the field of scar camouflage via permanent cosmetics for nearly two decades. We have worked with burns and surgical scars to immense customer satisfaction. Contact us today to find out whether we can blend in your scars.
PATIENTS EXPRESS LONG-TERM SATISFACTION WITH NIPPLE-AREOLA TATTOOING
In good news for breast cancer survivors, look treatment a new survey of women who underwent paramedical tattooing to create nipple-areolas as part of breast reconstruction surgery after mastectomy found a high rate of long-term patient satisfaction. Published in the Annals of Plastic Surgery, the report demonstrates acceptance by both the medical community and breast cancer patients of nipple-areola tattooing as a viable alternative to additional surgery in breast reconstruction. Six years following paramedical tattooing, fully 84% of the women surveyed continued to rate their nipple-areola tattoo as satisfactorily pleasing in appearance; and 86% of patients agreed they would again choose a nipple-areola tattoo over other possible breast reconstruction options. Two to six years post surgery, more than half of the women (57%) surveyed reported that their nipple-areola tattoo still looked like a normal areola. Fewer than 3% reported problems with rash or infection post-procedure. While 60% of tattoos in the study were marginally lighter in coloration than the natural areola, only 10% required any touching up to correct for excessive fading. The Whitney Center has developed a procedure that minimizes potential fading of nipple-areola tattoos. By implanting a second layer of pigments six weeks after the initial implantation of permanent cosmetics, we are able to increase color retention and tattoo longevity. We have received no complaints about premature fading from her nipple-areola patients. In fact, our clients have been amazed by the realism and illusion of nipple protrusion achieved by our unique artistry and expert tattooing technique.
PARAMEDICAL TATTOOING OFTEN COVERED BY INSURANCE
Many people who could benefit from paramedical tattooing, pillssalve do not realize that, help in many cases, it is covered under their medical insurance plan. Paramedical tattooing is often performed to complete breast restoration after mastectomy or hide scar damage from accidents or surgery. In 1998 Congress passed the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act that forced traditional health insurance companies to cover reconstructive surgery and related services associated with breast cancer reconstruction when those services are recommended by the patient’s attending physician. Elected medical ancillary services, including paramedical tattooing to complete breast restoration after mastectomy, provided by qualified providers, such as the nationally-recognized Whitney Center for Permanent Cosmetics, are covered by most insurance plans. Patients with out-of-network insurance benefits that allow them to choose practitioners who are not listed network providers will find that, in most cases, out-of-network services are paid at the same percentage rate as in-network services. This gives breast cancer survivors the freedom to select a paramedical tattoo professional based not on cost but on the quality of the services provided. Too often recovering breast cancer patients are unaware of their legal rights and believe their only option is to return to the hospital to have the final step in the reconstruction of their breast performed by a physician or nurse without the practiced experience and artistic eye of a paramedical tattoo artist like the ones you’ll find here at The Whitney Center. We have the technique, skill and artistry to create a three-dimensional nipple/areola complex that looks completely natural.