Procedures: 3D Nipple Tattoo

The 3-D nipple tattoo is a work of art that looks like an authentic nipple. Shading, shadows and other artistic skills make the tattoos look just like real nipples, and helps patients feel confident in their breasts once again.

Procedure Details


Nipple tattoos are a beautiful solution to create natural-looking nipples, and most women are candidates for the tattoos. Tattooing is usually done 3-4 months after a woman’s final in-hospital surgery. This is normally when the skin has healed enough from any reconstruction surgeries. If surgical scars aren’t completely healed and mature when the tattoo is created, there is risk of the tattoo becoming distorted over time.

3D Nipple Tattoo Details:

While a tattoo cannot produce the projection required to be truly “3-D”, a high quality detailed tattoo can appear to have dimension much like a real nipple/areola. Our paraprofessionals consult with each patient to determine what looks best for them.
The 3-D nipple or areola tattoo is a work of art that looks like an authentic nipple. Shading, shadows and other artistic skills make the tattoos look just like real nipples, and helps patients feel confident in their breasts once again. The inks used for nipple tattooing are mixed to create the most realistic appearance possible for each patient. The tattoo artist strives to create a shade that resembles the patient’s original nipple and complements her natural skin tone. This is one of the reasons it is important to have a tattoo artist perform the procedure – there is an art to making each nipple unique to each patient.

Why Choose The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction?

Post Procedure Care

Learn more about the next steps and what you can expect following your natural breast reconstruction procedure.

Restored Lives!

Read real patient testimonials and hear their personal stories and experiences with natural breast reconstruction

Expert Medical Team

Meet our dedicated surgical team who are at the forefront of breast reconstruction surgery and committed to our patients.

Want More Information? Read “Ask the Doctor” Blog Series Below:

Choosing the right bra after surgery can ease problems

After breast cancer surgery and reconstruction, you won’t immediately be able to wear a regular bra. You will need one that is roomy and more comfortable to allow extra space for dressings and drainage tubes. If you can find one that has been designed to be adjustable...

Coping after surgery

Surgery is a common method of treating breast cancer, but it can be overwhelming. There is so much to think about and you might be feeling scared, especially about how you will handle recovery. Here are some tips that we hope will help to make your recovery easier:...

Ask the Doctor: Q&A

Q: I see post bariatric surgery plastic surgery referenced on your site. I didn't realize you also offered these procedures. Which doctor cares for this? Thank you for any information you can provide. Thanks, M A: Hello, M Currently, 90% of our activity is...

Cool For Summer

Making healthy changes at any point in your life can help you reduce your risk of a recurrence or new cancer, prevent additional health issues and keep your body strong as it recovers from treatment and surgery. Consider these important 6 healthy living choices: Drop...

Ask the Doctor: Q&A

Q: I am an eight-year breast cancer survivor. I had a great breast doctor but my plastic surgeon botched my right breast. No implants – it was a latissimus dorsi reconstruction. My right breast is flat as can be, and I do suffer from scar tissue pain. I can be doing...