- Question from Carlotta: How do I find a nurse-aesthetician for my nipple tattooing? Will my plastic surgeon have one on their team?
If your team has a medical aesthetician that would be the first. You can find one through the Aesthetics' International Association. Their fee is usually incorporated into the general surgical fee when they work with a plastic surgeon. Some private aestheticians provide the service at no charge. It's important to have a nurse-aesthetician with a lot of experience, and preferably, they'd be referred by their plastic surgeon or oncologist. The individual usually has specialized training in this type of procedure.
Nipple tattooing is not painful, and it adds a sense of completeness to nipple reconstruction. Sometimes, if the pigment doesn't take the first time, it might require two or even three sessions for a fuller presentation.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Reconstruction and Safe, Sexy Cosmetics featured Carolyn C. Chang, M.D., Anna-Dee Rinehart, S.C.S., and moderator Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. answering your questions about reconstructive surgery and safe, sexy cosmetics.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in April 2005.
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