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Frequently Asked Questions:
1. How long should I wait to have my Areolas tattooed after reconstructed surgery?
Your doctor is the best to determine when you are ready. Typically, 3-6 months or longer.
3 Months: Minor surgeries outside the area to be tattooed.
6 Months: Major Surgeries
12 Months or longer: infection caused by a surgery or slow healing.
2.Can the tattoo resemble a natural areola?
Several colors will be mixed and tattooed to give it the illusion of a natural areola.
3. Do I need my nipples recreated before having my breasts tattooed?
No, nipple reconstruction is not necessary. The artist can create an illusion of a
4. Does it hurt?
Not usually, most clients will have very little sensation in the breast area.
If needed, numbing cream is available.
5. Will the needle rupture my implant?
No, your implant sits under many layers. The needle does not go very deep. Less than the width of a dime.
6. How many visits will I need?
Most clients will only need one visit. Eventually the client will want to have it refreshed
in the future. Some clients come back sooner when they want to add more color or
adjust the size.
7. How long does the tattoo last before I need it refreshed?
2-5 years, sometimes longer. Everyone has their own rate of absorbing the color.
8. How long does the procedure last?
The procedure takes two hours. Michelle is also a breast cancer survivor. You will have many things to talk about and share. The tattooing-part usually will last an hour.
9. If I wanted to add more color or change the size, how soon should I wait to have the follow up appointment?
10. What should I do before my appointment?
Speak to Michelle Brantley via phone. Send your insurance information for insurance purposes (directions are at the top of this page.) Print the paperwork, fill it out,
and bring it to your appointment. Located at the "Paperwork" tab.
11. Will insurance pay for the treatment?
Most insurances are accepted.
12. Do I need to purchase products for my aftercare?
No, all aftercare, including instructions, are provided at the end-of the appointment. It is very easy. You can shower, wear a bra, and do all normal activities. The only restrictions are: no swimming and no excessive sweating.
16. What happens if my insurance claim was denied?
The 1999 Woman's Cancer Right Act was suppose to prevent insurance companies
from denying any services that returns a patient to their "Pre-cancer" state.
The insurance billing agency will work very hard on your behalf. However, certain plans
will not budge.
17. What if I have a High Deductible?
Contact Michelle to see what your "out of pocket expense" will be. You will receive
a receipt at your appointment. Forward the receipt to your insurance company for a reimbursement.
Below is information on the "Woman's Health and Cancer Rights Act." Insurance carriers are required to pay for anything that relates to putting us ladies back to where we were pre-cancer. Unfortunately, the statutes do not dictate how much they should have to pay, if any. Insurance companies find loop holes in everything!
Since 1999, the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act has required group health plans, insurance companies, and HMOs that offer mastectomy coverage to also pay for reconstructive surgery after mastectomy. This coverage must include reconstruction of the other breast to give a more balanced look, breast prostheses, and treatment of all physical
complications of the mastectomy, including lymphedema, and tattoos.
According to the Women's Health and Cancer Right Act 1998,
SEC. 713. REQUIRED COVERAGE FOR RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY FOLLOWING MASTECTOMIES
a) In General--A group health plan, and a health insurance issuer providing health insurance coverage in connection with a group health plan, that provides medical and surgical benefits with respect to a mastectomy shall provide, in a case of a participant or beneficiary who is receiving benefits in connection with a mastectomy and who elects breast reconstruction in connection with such mastectomy, coverage for--
(1) all stages of reconstruction of the breast on which the mastectomy has been performed
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