A healthy self-image is an important part of cancer recovery. Brow loss and the loss of the areola and nipple can be side effects of cancer treatment. The UPMC Breast Care Center offers reconstructive tattooing services that provide natural-looking results for eyebrows and restoring the breast to its more natural look.
Micropigmentation is a form of tattooing that places pigment (color) beneath the skin. Our specialist will work with you to determine the right size and colors for you, using a mix of pigments to create a three-dimensional, natural looking result to restore the appearance of the areola, nipple and eyebrows. Our specialist uses shading and depth in the tattooing process to create a realistic result. Our goal is to give back to women that sense of self when they see themselves in the mirror. It’s the uplifting, finishing touch to recovery. View before and after photos.
Donna Harvat has combined her artistic abilities with a health care career that has spanned 30 years. As an occupational therapist certified in hand therapy, she has helped thousands of patients regain mobility and independence following disease and injury.
After witnessing friends and family going through breast cancer surgery and seeing what they have endured, Donna decided it was time to combine her experience in many art mediums with her health care background. Donna completed an intensive Primary and Advanced Micropigmentation training at the Beau Institute in Mt Laurel, NJ.
Topical anesthetic is used prior to all procedures, so if the client does have pain sensation when the needle contacts the skin, it is reduced. Once the skin is broken, additional topical anesthetic is used as needed.
Typically, we wait six months following your final surgery and nipple reconstruction. This allows adequate time for the area to heal prior to tattooing.
The procedure time includes paper work, initial topical numbing, discussion about size of areola or shape of brow and mixing of colors to be tested on the patient prior to the procedure, drawing on the areas to be tattooed and receiving approval from the patient. Drawing on the eyebrows can be especially time consuming.
All procedures are performed in the comfort and privacy of the UPMC Pinnacle Breast Care Center, located in Lower Paxton Township in suburban Harrisburg. Ample free parking is available on site.
Yes, you may resume normal activities following the procedure. We only ask that you refrain from vigorous exercise for the first 24 hours, no bathtub or Jacuzzi use for one week, and no swimming for two weeks.
It usually takes 7-10 days for the area to heal. You may have some scabbing or flaking, but this should be minimal.
Like other tattoos, micropigmentation is permanent however however it will fade over time and may require touch ups.
No, the procedure is cosmetic and not covered by insurance at this time. Self-pay options are available.
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