Tattoo Artists Assist in Breast Reconstruction Procedures

Tattoo Artists Assist in Breast Reconstruction Procedures

Breast reconstruction is a major step in regaining a sense of normalcy in her life when a woman has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Once the breast reconstruction process is complete, most women are left without the nipple and surrounding areola.

In an effort to help with this, professional tattoo artists have been striving to create realistic three-dimensional tattoos of the nipple and areola. Areola repigmentation is done by tattoo, having a 3-D effect in mind. All procedures are done in the beautiful office of Dr. Brandon Reynolds, in a private and sterile environment. It’s the last step in a very hard journey. Each woman is treated with the utmost care and respect while Annie, from Pink Ribbon Tattoo, helps her design what will make her feel whole again. The goal through this process is to help women feel physically and emotionally restored.

Tattoo Artist Techniques

Tattoo Artist

Before a paramedical tattoo artist becomes involved in the process, the reconstruction of the breast is completed by the plastic surgeon. Often, the plastic surgeon will reconstruct the nipple, however there is no coloration of the surrounding areola. Aesthetically, the nipple reconstruction alone is not as realistic as many women hope it to be.

Now that paramedical tattoo artists have joined in the battle against breast cancer, patient outcomes have improved significantly. They’re able to recreate the most natural looking nipple and areola complexes due to their experience with needle types and speeds, color mixing, and attention to detail. Their technical skill makes it possible to compensate for the lack of texture that results from a breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. They’re even able to create the shadows that make it seem as though the nipple and the little glands around the nipple protrude (if a new nipple was not reconstructed by the plastic surgeon) as they should.

Truly, the potential for improved patient outcomes, with the help of paramedical tattoo artists, is limitless.

Some Concerns

Some concerns have been expressed regarding the incorporation of these “other” professionals into the world of plastic surgery. A primary concern involved is the possible business that may be taken away from Las Vegas plastic surgeons. When patients are referred to these other professionals for a part of their reconstruction procedure, a fraction of the plastic surgeon’s business may be lost. However, in the grand scheme of giving patients their best possible outcome, this may be a necessary sacrifice. At Reynolds Plastic Surgery, we do not have this concern as we have an amazing tattoo artist in house and are able to offer patients a renewed and whole sense of self from the start of the breast reconstruction process to the completion of it.

There has also been a concern about whether or not these tattoo “procedures” will be covered by a patient’s insurance company. Only time will tell for sure, however, there is a belief that insurance will cover the tattoo at least in part. This will be especially true if tattoo artists are willing to go into medical facilities to work rather than having women go to their tattoo parlors.

If you are facing a battle against breast cancer, it is important to remember that you are not alone. Reynolds Plastic Surgery has a dedicated team of professionals ensuring your best recovery.

When the time comes to pursue post-mastectomy options, please schedule a consultation with our experienced plastic surgeon at Reynolds Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas to see exactly what your options are.

For more information, contact Reynolds Plastic Surgery at 702.410.9800.

Med Spa Grand Opening – Wednesday March 1, 2017

Reynolds Plastic Surgery - MedSpa Open House

 

 

Reynolds Plastic Surgery Med Spa will be having it’s grand opening on Wednesday March 1, 2017! In addition to Dr. Reynolds impeccable skills as a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, we now can offer just about  any skincare service you can dream of – peels, skin resurfacing, acne, scar, stretch mark treatment, cellulite reduction, skin tightening, fat reduction, laser hair removal, tattoo removal and more.  Reynolds Plastic Surgery is working hard to be your one stop shop for all of your cosmetic, plastic and skincare needs! With the new year, make time to take care of yourself. Spread the good news to all your friends and come see what all the hype is about! 

We are also proud to be the first and only office in Las Vegas to offer the VShape Ultra! Finally a treatment for fat and cellulite reduction as well as skin tightening that’s pain free, has no down time, is comfortable, and actually works!

Call us at 702.410.9800 to book your complimentary consultation or fill out our consultation form on the right and we will contact you to answer any questions and set up an appointment for you.

Come early as we are giving away 20 “swag bags” for the first 20 people who come to the open house tonight.

Click on this link to subscribe to the Reynolds Plastic Surgery Newsletter to receive special savings emails! 

Vshape Ultra Treatments

VShape Ultra Treatments

Reynolds Plastic Surgery Med Spa – NOW OPEN!!

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This is huge. So huge. Reynolds Plastic Surgery now has a Med Spa! In addition to Dr. Reynolds impeccable skills as a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, we now offer any skincare service you can dream of – peels, skin resurfacing, acne, scar, stretch mark treatment, cellulite reduction, skin tightening, fat reduction, laser hair removal, tattoo removal and more. Reynolds Plastic Surgery will now be considered the one stop shop for all of your cosmetic, plastic and skincare needs! With the new year, make time to take care of yourself. Spread the good news to all your friends and come see what all the hype is about! 

We are also proud to be the first and only office in Las Vegas to offer the VShape Ultra! Finally a treatment for fat and cellulite reduction as well as skin tightening that’s pain free, has no down time, is comfortable, and actually works!

Call us at 702.410.9800 to book your complimentary consultation or fill out our consultation form on the right and we will contact you to answer any questions and set up an appointment for you.

Click on this link to subscribe to the Reynolds Plastic Surgery Newsletter to receive special savings emails! 
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The Facts About Breast Implant Removal

 

Breast Implant Removal

The choice to have breast implant removal may be your own personal choice or the result of a medical need. Regardless of your reasons, there are many facts that you need to consider before you make a final decision.  You need to be aware of what you can be expect before and after surgery and how you will need to prepare yourself if you do decide to have the procedure.

Reasons why breast implants are removed?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, approximately 20,000 breast implant removal surgeries are performed each year in the US.

In a few cases, women who undergo a removal procedure choose to do so simply because the current implants are no longer wanted.  This could be because a woman wants a different size, different or better placement, or just wants to be “natural” again.

More than half of breast implant that are removed are related to one of these problems which include an implant leaking or rupturing, collagen fibers growing around the implant causing pain, or the breast changing shape or size over time. Many of these medical reasons make implant removal a necessity because the implant has become dangerous to your body.

Some other reasons why a women seeks a breast implant removal procedure is:

  • The implant visibly ripped or wrinkled
  • The implant is hardening
  • You are having an allergic reaction to the implant
  • There is an uneven appearance
  • You have persistent pain following the allotted healing time

How are implants safely removed?

It is important to speak with your Las Vegas plastic surgeon Dr. Reynolds before choosing to have this surgery. You should discuss your expectations for the procedure, whether you would like new implants, and any other preoperative procedures that may apply.  There may be a need for blood work and imaging tests as well. Your surgeon will advise if there are any medicines or supplements you need to stop taking leading up to the procedure.

If you decide to undergo a breast implant removal surgery, the procedure is short. Your plastic surgeon will have you in and out within a couple of hours.  In only rare cases, you will have to stay overnight for observation.

Your surgeon will sedate you using intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your breast implants will then be removed using a small incision under the crease of the breast. If the breast has ruptured, extra care will be taken to prevent further health concerns.

Once the implants are removed, the skin may loosen. Further procedures may be needed to lift the breast and remove excess tissue if the patient isn’t getting new implants. This can be done at the same time or later depending on the patient’s preferences.

Recovery for a breast implant removal surgery is simple. You will be advised to wear compression bandages or a special bra that will help lessen the swelling. It is wise to avoid heavy lifting and extensive reaching for several weeks after the surgery.

If you find that breast implant removal surgery is an option you’d like to look into, please schedule a consultation with Las Vegas plastic surgeon Dr. Reynolds who has a vast knowledge base to address any questions you may have.

For more information about breast removal and reconstruction in Las Vegas, please contact us at 702.410.9800.