15th International Conference and Exhibition on Metabolomics & Systems Biology
Covers Medical Tattooing, Singapore
Title: Art healing the mastectomy tattooing
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Biography: Michele Khoo
According to American Society of Plastic Surgery, over 106,000 breast reconstruction were performed in 2018. After Mastectomy, “body image altered is the most common psychosocial concern associated with breast cancer, (Mohammad, Khan, and Vanaki, 2018). However, very few people understand the effectiveness of a nipple-tattooing until they get one. Studies have shown that the nipple-areola complex has a high correlation with overall patient satisfaction and acceptance of body image, (Evans, Rasako and Lenert, 2005). Therefore, construction or recreation of a nipple –areola complex that matches the former state in terms of shape, size, and color enhances the effectiveness of the procedure in boosting the self-image of the mastectomy patient. 3D Areolar-nipple micro-pigmentation (tattooing) is safe, non-surgical, it has been endorsed and used for years by medical surgeons in the medical field. Areolar micro-pigmentation procedure is carried out by trained & certified personnel who works with micro-pigmentation (tattooing). Re-creates an illusion of 3D areola and nipples to make the surgical area look more realistic. To carry out the procedure, patients determine the size, shape and color of pigment which is introduced into the dermis layer of the skin with a medical-grade tattoo machine that penetrates slightly deeper. With the right technology, complete nipple areola-nipple complex can draw attention away from the reconstructed breast mound and boosts the confidence of the patient. Mastectomy scar’s appearance can be softened, blended or reduced by tattooing the areolar scar using corrective pigment camouflage techniques.