Turning scars into art—that’s what breast tattooing has done for many women who have undergone lumpectomies, mastectomies and/or breast reconstruction surgery. The surgeons at Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery understand the toll breast cancer can have on a woman’s body and spirit, but choosing to cover surgery scars with artwork could provide women with a sense of healing.
Breast tattooing is believed to be “changing the culture of healing” according to Noel Franus, the founder of a mobile app called “P.ink.” The app helps breast cancer survivors who have undergone removal and/or reconstruction surgeries connect to tattoo artists that can cover scar tissue.
Women who have experienced mastectomies may feel their options for regaining confidence is limited; either they can accept the results from mastectomy surgery or they can go through a series of breast reconstruction surgeries. Well, with breast tattooing, there really isn’t a need for the “either-or” scenario. There are ways to help survivors heal in whatever way they see fit.
The makers of the P.ink app allow survivors to test the idea of a mastectomy tattoo in the privacy of their own home. With the app, women can either select a body type provided or upload a picture of themselves to get a better idea of what the design could look like.
The app has a plethora of tattoo designs to help survivors get inspiration and consider multiple options. That way, women can experiment with the idea before committing to anything permanent. Women can also peruse P.ink’s Pinterest board for designs and P.ink-vetted tattoo artists.
Again, not every woman who faces breast cancer may want a tattoo. Regardless, it’s important to understand your options, and although having scars wasn’t a decision you asked for, or made personally, tattooing your body could be an unexpected healing gift.
If you wish to set up a consultation with one of our surgeons, please do not hesitate to call us at our Phoenix location. We are easily accessible and here to help. Call us now at (602) 513-8133.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.