Laura Rachel has spent years perfecting the healing art of 3D nipple tattoos and achieves a natural looking result. She understands that this process can be a form of closure at the end of a long journey. Whether you are bilateral or only need a single breast tattooed, she will create a close match to your existing nipple and areola’s size, shape, location, and color. Read more about the process here.
Laura is with us on our Guest Artist staff. She is available by appointment (30 day advance minimum) and will be traveling all the way from Atlanta to see you! For more information on how we can schedule your procedure in a safe, professional, pleasant environment, please or call us at 410-857-2342 or email us at [email protected]
We’ve gone ahead and answered some of the most popular questions and posted some of Laura’s work below.
How long after my surgery before I can get my nipples tattooed?
Laura recommends a standard 4-6 month waiting period post-reconstruction before tattooing nipples, though it may be longer depending on healing.
What if only one breast has been compromised?
Laura is able to color match based on your existing nipple and match it to the reconstruction.
How long does it take?
The procedure takes approximately 2 hours total.
Where will the procedure take place?
We have a private room within the shop for consultations and tattoo sessions.
Does being tattooed in that area hurt? Is there anything that can be done to prevent that?
If requested, Laura can provide a topical product to numb the area prior to and throughout the procedure.
Can I bring a friend with me?
While we appreciate the value of a friend’s support, our private room is truly only comfortable for you and Laura. However, your friend(s) are welcome to relax in our waiting area and there are multiple choices in our shopping center for a bite to eat or a beverage.
Will the tattoo work fade over time?
All tattoos experience some lightening during the healing process, usually between 20-35%. Once settled into the skin, the tattooed area will lose some of it’s original vibrancy, however, this will contribute to the realistic natural look. Direct sun exposure, even through a bathing suit top (especially those with white fabric), will lessen the life of any tattoo, so sunblock is always recommended. All tattoos fade with age.
How long will it take to heal?
Tattoos typically take 3-14 days for the primary healing period. During this time, the tattoo may flake, peel, and will gradually heal and take on a shiny appearance. This “shiny” healing period will continue for the next 4-6 weeks until the tattoo is fully healed. Complete care instructions will be provided at the time of service.
Can I choose my own coloration? What if I want a design instead of traditional nipple appearance?
You absolutely have choices! If you have had a double mastectomy and have an idea of what color choices you are leaning towards, feel free to bring printed photo examples with you for your appointment. If you would prefer an artistic design over traditional areola tattooing, the same is true, but a consultation may be required in advance to prepare for it.