Nipple Reconstruction Tattooing

3D nipple tattoos are real tattoos, applied with needles that insert pigment into the skin. An experienced nipple tattoo artist can create an amazingly realistic image of a nipple that appears to have physical dimension but is really flat to the touch.

Benefits of Nipple Reconstruction Tattooing

What Is Nipple Tattooing

The nipple tattoo, or tittoo as it is occasionally known, is a body trend which gained widespread recognition in 2013. It is a type of tattoo which appears on the areola and is semi-permanent. Nipple tattooing has its origins as a medical procedure for breast reconstruction after a mastectomy.

Benefits Of Nipple Tattooing

Adding a nipple to a reconstructed breast can have an immediate and profound visual effect, helping the breast look more normal again. New nipples can also draw attention away from the scars, lopsidedness, indentations and other imperfections of surgery.


What Our
Patient’s Say


Jeff is an artist and returned my confidence back to me!

- Jess. C

The Artist

It all started when we realized “medical grade tattoos” just weren’t good enough. What resulted is a tattoo artist’s expertise added to the breast reconstruction journey. The Chicago Breast Center is committed to representing expertise across the spectrum of breast surgery care and we are proud to be the only practice in Chicago to offer 3D nipple tattooing and nipple reconstruction. Watch his video below to learn more about Jeff Paetzold and his nipple tattoo services at the Chicago Breast Center.


Options For Nipple Reconstruction

Options For Nipple Reconstruction


Local Flap Reconstruction

Local Flap Reconstruction

Skin from the breast can be lifted to create the nipple.  This skin creates a nipple mound with two small scars off to each side.  Oftentimes, this scar can be planned in the same place as your mastectomy scar. Tattooing after nipple reconstruction will also help camouflage this portion of the scar.


Skin Grafting

Skin Grafting

A skin graft from a different part of the body can be used to recreate the nipple. This leaves a scar at the donor site, so is not our preferred method for reconstruction, but can be beneficial in some cases.


Nipple Autograft

This procedure is an option if you have retained your native nipple areola complex on your opposite breast, and your native nipple has adequate volume. Nipple tissue from the native side can be harvested and grafted to your reconstructed breast. This reduces the volume of your native nipple but does not leave any perceivable scar.  The nipple tissue graft has the color and texture of your native nipple, so it offers a great option for matching. This would then be surrounded by a tattoo to recreate the areola.


Alternative Options

Alternative Options

If you prefer to avoid surgical nipple reconstruction or nipple reconstruction is not an option for you due to the health of your reconstruction, there are alternative options.


3D Tattoo

3D Tattoo

A 3D tattoo can be performed to create the appearance of a projecting nipple without one actually being reconstructed. This is most frequently recommended in patients who have had radiation therapy as it involves less risk for healing problems. During your appointment, the desired color and size will be determined, and the nipple and areola will be tattooed at the same time to create the appearance of a projecting nipple mound.


Temporary 3-D Areola Tattoos

RubOnNipples.com– These temporary tattoos come in multiple colors, usually last around 2 weeks, and can be removed with rubbing alcohol.  They are shaded to give them a three dimensional appearance.

Nipstick – Temporary tattoos that come in multiple colors

Prosthetic Nipples – Naturally Impressive, LLC offers custom crafted nipple-areola made from high quality skin safe silicone.  These can be worn during and after breast reconstruction, and stay in place during normal daily activities, workouts, intimacy, bathing, and even swimming. Naturally Impressive also offers matching to your natural nipple.


Schedule A Consultation

Schedule A Consultation

As the only practice in the Chicago, IL area to offer 3D nipple tattooing and nipple reconstruction, our team at The Chicago Breast Center & Northwestern Specialists in Plastic Surgery specialists are here to help. To learn more about nipple reconstruction options, contact us at (312) 266-6240 to schedule your consultation. Our practice serves Chicago, Illinois and surrounding areas.



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Plastic Surgery

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Chicago, IL 60611

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