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Thursday, May 10, 2012

I Got A Tattoo But Not How I Thought It Would Be

Earlier this week I finally completed my breast reconstruction and got areola and nipple tattoos.  It was kind of odd to go to my plastic surgeon's office and have a tattoo artist tattoo my breasts!  I always imagined that if I got a tattoo, it would be on a crazy girl's vacation with my best friend and there would be a lot of alcohol involved.   I thought it would be of a butterfly or something cute on my stomach or hip.  Never in a million years did I think I would be getting areola and nipple tattoos on my new fake breasts.

I always thought getting a tattoo would hurt really bad, but it didn't.  The procedure took about 1 1/2 hours and I did not feel most of it.  I guess I didn't feel it because I have a lot of numbness on my breasts after all the surgeries.  All went smoothly and I drove myself home.  I felt a little tender the rest of the day but only if I bumped my tattoo area.  The next morning nothing hurt or was red at all.  A few days later, they look great.

I never thought I would see the day that I would finally be finished with reconstructive surgery.  It seemed like such an impossible thing at the beginning of all of this.  Now I can say "I am done!"  That really feels good to say after so much time!  What's even nicer is looking in the mirror when I get out of the shower and actually looking pretty normal.  I can't believe what miracle workers the breast surgeons are.  My breasts look pretty real.  Of course I have some scars, but once those continue to fade, they won't be very noticeable.  I can't believe how just a little tattoo can make me feel so complete!