Dermapigmentation
Offers the Finishing Touches to Breast Reconstruction

Women who learn that they have breast cancer which requires removal of one or both breasts endure a devastating experience. Because of modern medical procedures, however, the negative psychological impact can be minimized. When the disease process is in check, surgical procedures can reconstruct a breast near to the original size and shape. Saline-filled prosthesis (breast implants) and tissue transferring techniques of excess skin and fat from the abdomen have been improved dramatically, thus allowing many woman to feel "complete" again. Even so, constructing a nipple continues to be one of the most challenging parts of the process.

New technology arising from the age-old art of tattooing is one way to provide the finishing touch to one's reconstructive surgery. Pigment implantation provides a more natural color to the skin in the nipple area, as demonstrated by the photographs which follow this page. Using the process known as "dermapigmentation," the natural color of the areola (the pigmented area surrounding the nipple) was precisely implanted with the appropriate skin tones and provides a natural look. The area of the nipple was left without color thereby creating an illusion of the nipple being raised (lighter colors appear closer to the eye or raised). Darker colors, on the other hand, appear distant or indented. The merger of the art forms of cosmetic camouflage and precision tattooing vaults breast reconstruction into a new era.

For years, surgeons have been transplanting skin taken from the groin area to "construct" the areola and nipple. This process is now made more simple by having an experienced dermapigmentation therapist (an artist in the profession) add pigment to the area. And the results are often dramatic!


Patient after having reconstructive breast surgery after a radical mastectomy.

Same patient after having dermapigmentation to provide the finishing touch to the reconstructive surgery.
 

G. J. was one of the founding members of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (S.P.C.P.) and Jennifer was one of the organization's first approved trainers.
Both G.J. and Jennifer have lectured at the S.P.C.P.'s conventions.