Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000000144
Breast: Ideas and Innovations

Three-Dimensional Nipple-Areola Tattooing: A New Technique with Superior Results

Halvorson, Eric G. M.D.; Cormican, Michael M.D.; West, Misti E. R.N.; Myers, Vinnie

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Summary: Traditional coloring techniques for nipple-areola tattooing ignore the artistic principles of light and shadow to create depth on a two-dimensional surface. The method presented in this article is essentially the inverse of traditional technique and results in a more realistic and three-dimensional reconstruction that can appear better than surgical methods. The application of three-dimensional techniques or “realism” in tattoo artistry has significant potential to improve the aesthetic outcomes of reconstructive surgery.

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