The war with breast cancer can have very serious physical and mental ramifications. Many breast cancer survivors struggle with a loss of identity and feeling incomplete after a mastectomy. Every day they are confronted with the fact that their nipples are missing, replaced with large scars.
Nipple & breast tattoos are growing in popularity as a solution for some of the mental and physical trauma experienced by survivors. The procedure is simple and non-invasive and can provide many women & men with confidence and a sense of completeness.
The greatest benefit to tattoos after a mastectomy is increased confidence. After the battle with cancer and breast reconstruction, the completion of the nipple tattoo marks the final phase of healing.
After I had a double mastectomy with implants, I looked like Barbie without clothes. I had no areolas and no nipples. This was OK because my husband still found me attractive, even if I did not find myself attractive. Six months later my husband died unexpectedly.
I looked in the mirror and figured no other man would ever want me. I was therefore alone in the world, with no hope of finding anyone who would want to be with me.
Then I found out there are services that provide very realistic tattoos. From the pictures, I could not even tell they were not real. And I was also told my health insurance would cover the cost, so I could afford it. This was a sliver of good news at a time when my life could not have been more desperate.
I went for it, and had Perma Cosmetics create realistic tattoos. They did an amazing job, really incredible. You cannot tell my areolas & nipples are not real without touching them.
I was so happy – until – my health insurance gave me the run around. I fought with them for 4 months. It was a constant battle and I would not relent. They did everything possible to avoid paying the claim. In the end, they won. They wore me down until I had no fight left.
Ink4Pink stepped in and sent me a check for the entire amount that the health insurance company owed me.
I cannot tell you how grateful I am that there are people like this in the world. My husband was one of them. But I’m learning that there are others who care, even about a stranger. Even without my husband, I am feeling loved. How incredible that is.