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Frequently Asked Questions:
1. How long should I wait to get my areolas tattooed after having reconstructed surgery?
Your doctor is the best to determine when you are ready. Typically, 6 months or longer, but some doctors will recommend a little sooner.
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 protruded nipple.
4. Does it hurt?
Not usually, most clients will have very little sensation in the breast area. Numbing cream is applied just in case the client does have feeling.
5. Will the needle rupture my implant?
No, the needle will not go deeper than the depth of a dime, 1.35mm.
6. How long does the tattoo last before I need it refreshed?
7. How many visits will I need?
Two visits are recommended, but not necessary.
8. How long does the procedure take?
The procedure takes two hours.
9. Is the second visit as long as the first visit?
No, usually it will take up to 1-1.5hours. Depending on how the client healed and how long since the initial visit.
10. Why do I need a follow up appointment?
The more ink implanted, the longer the tattoo will last. Also,the 3D illusion can be reemphasized to create a more natural and realistic look.
11. How soon should I wait to have the follow up appointment?
Between 6-24 weeks.
12. What should I do before my appointment?
Speak to Michelle Brantley via phone. Once you have an appointment, print the paperwork, fill it out, and bring it to your appointment. Located at
13. Do I need to purchase products for my aftercare?
No, all aftercare, including instructions, are provided at the end of the appointment.
14. Will insurance pay for the treatment?
The client will pay the artist for the appointment. The client will be given the necessary insurance paperwork to submit to his/her insurance company. The artist cannot guarantee a reimbursement.
15. Do I need an authorization letter from my doctor?
Yes, ask your doctor (plastic surgeon)for a referral letter or a certificate of medical necessity.
16. What happens if my insurance claim was denied?
Go to the tab on the left, click "Paperwork," print out the appeal documents, and send them to your insurance company.
17. Will I need to contact my insurance company?
Yes, once you have decided to make an appointment, call Michelle. She will give you all of the necessary information you will need.
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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