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Beyond Breast Reconstruction: 3-D Areola Tattooing

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As a leader in breast reconstruction, Penn Plastic Surgery offers comprehensive services for women at every stage of the breast reconstruction process, from the initial surgery to nipple reconstruction and tattooing.

Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure, designed to re-create the shape and appearance of a woman's breast. Most commonly, the procedure is done as part of a mastectomy – surgical removal of the entire breast as treatment for breast cancer.

After breast reconstruction, many women choose to have nipple reconstruction, including nipple tattooing. Nipple tattooing, or micropigmentation, re-pigments the area to make it look more realistic.

At Penn Medicine, nipple tattooing is performed by Mandy Sauler, a micropigmentation specialist in plastic surgery. Mandy grew up learning about the art of tattooing at her mother's body art shop, expecting to work alongside her as she perfected her craft.

After working for more than a decade as a tattoo artist, Mandy decided to apply her expertise on patients, focusing on permanent cosmetics and micropigmentation. She specializes in 3D nipple tattoos, along with tattoos for other cosmetic purposes. She is board certified by the American Academy of Micropigmentation and is a member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetics.

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