Tattoooing for Mastectomy Patients
Before, during and after a mastectomy there are so many questions to be researched, deliberated and answered. I hope to provide information here to assist you in learning more about tattooing after a mastectomy. There are sections here on reconstructive and decorative options with and without nipple reconstruction. If you have any questions that are not answered here - please feel free to reach out to me directly.
phone number for Greece (585) 621-4460
phone number for Webster (585) 872-2722
While White Tiger Tattoo has two different locations (and I can be found at both) I only am able to see medical clients at the Webster location. My apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
White Tiger Tattoo
1203 Ridge Road
Webster, NY 14580
If you are a patient from another region with questions about reconstructive tattooing - Click Patient Advice
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Links to Photos of my work are at the bottom of this page.
What Can I Expect?
Usually I will start out by asking you if you have any questions for me. (So start thinking of 'em now). Try to answer them and then show you pictures of work that I have done in the past. (Links below).... The we will try to find a comfortable postition for you to sit in. Most clients feel more comfrtable with something over their shoulders, so you may want to bring a shirt that buttons up in the front with you. From there we will try and find a suitable color. I will mix colors and place them directly on your skin so that you can see what tones and color that you like. Once we are both happy with the color I will mark out the area that we will be working to fill. The tattooing itself takes about 15 minutes per side. The tattooing is not done on a constant run - but in short burst interspersed with color refilling on the machine. You can take breaks and have me stop any time that you would like. For most everyone the noise that the machine makes is the most annoying part. While the tattooing does hurt normally I find that the combination of what you have been through prior to this and the damage to nerve endings makes it pretty tolerable. It is possible to use local anesthetics prior to the procedure - but generally is not necessary and always complicates the healing process. If you have extreme sensitivity or pain in the area that we will be working in - please contact me directly before your appointment and we can discuss possible options.
After we are finished I will let you check everything out in a mirror... make sure everything is ok, explain to you once again (because I will have probably mentioned many times already by this point) that the tattoo will be darker and redder right now than it will be when it is healed.
I will put bandages on you (let you get dressed) and go over the care instructions with you.
Like any medical procedure, you should try to come to the appointment fed and healthy. Unlike normal medical procedures you are more than welcome to have fun during the process. Want to bring a friend? Bring 'em along. Want to bring your own music? - great! bring an iPod with you. Want to celebrate being at the end of the process? Let me know what you would like to do and I will try to help in any way that I can. Please do not be afraid to ask me anything. I work at a tattoo shop - you aren't going to offend me! Please do not be scared of the weird tattoo lady - I have a house and husband and kids and all the usual life stuff - just perhaps with a bit more color.
I want to do everything that I can to help this process be a simple pleasant experience - please let me know what I can do for you.
Booking An Appointment
To reach me at the shops - (585) 621-4460 (GREECE) or (585) 872-2722 (WEBSTER)
or email me at email@example.com
At this time I am unable to accept insurance as payment personally.
If you would like to use your insurance to pay for your tattooing - you may contact one of the facilities listed below as they have practitioners available who can accept insurance as payment.
I am no longer tattooing out of either of these facilities.
If your insurance will not cover all of your tattooing appointment or you have a high deductible plan that you are still paying on - you may book with me at the shop and pay out of pocket.
(...or you prefer the studio environment, or just because you feel like it. Whatever you like is fine with me.)
I normally schedule at the Webster location only as the work area there is more private than Greece.
Phone number to the Webster location is (585) 872-2722
I accept Visa, Mastercard and of course cash.
Out of pocket prices for tattooing at the studio are as follows:
Unilateral conventional tattooing $200
Unilateral 3D effect tattooing $250
Bilateral conventional tattooing $250
Bilateral 3D effect tattooing $300
If you need this kind of tattooing done and can not afford it. Please contact me.
I am willing to dontate services for patients who are willing to allow the process to be photographed or otherwise documented (obviously without revealing your identity).
A professional photographer comes in and takes photos for me. These photos could be used hereand/ or in professional teaching materials.
I have a "Liftime Installation Warranty" on my nipple tattoos. If they ever need to be altered, enlarged, darkened or the color enhanced I do not charge for that.
Fine print = it must be at the studio. I can not do free work at the medical facilities (or I have to pay them for being there).
Cash prices at the doctor's offices are different and are set by the offices. If you have any questions on billing or pricing there, please contact those offices directly.
Information on Nipple Tattooing or Areola Repigmentation on Patients after breast reconstruction surgery by TeeJay of White Tiger Tattoo - Rochester NY