Some patients have asked about how to improve the appearance of failed free nipple grafts. At The Gender Confirmation Center, it’s extremely rare to have a complete failure of a nipple graft, and tattooing or nipple reconstruction is an uncommon event. However, it’s good to know what is out there for nipple reconstruction.
An innovative approach to nipple reconstruction is to have a nipple tattoo made that uses optical illusion to create a very realistic 3-D type appearance, even though the skin is still quite flat. Dr. Mosser was contacted by Garnet Tattoo in San Diego, and would love to share the information they sent as a guest blog to this website. There are experts in 3D nipple reconstruction through tattooing in both San Diego and Minneapolis. Take a look!
Shane Wallin is the proprietor and lead artist at Garnet Tattoo in San Diego. He has been tattooing for over 20 years. About 15 years ago, he opened his first tattoo shop in Minneapolis, MN: Twilight Tattoo. He didn’t get his start specializing in FTM/N tattoos, or even 3D nipple tattoos. But that is where he has found the utmost fulfillment with his art.
It began in 2012, when he was approached by a breast cancer survivor (and double mastectomy patient) for a “bra” tattoo. At first he treated it like any other tattoo. Working with the design challenges. Moving with body lines and complex curves. Little did Shane know at the time how much it would change her life.
His specialization in 3D nipple and areola work invariably led to providing realistic nipples for patients who have undergone FTM chest surgery. Sometimes nipples are gravely affected by tissue death, and patients want a tattoo as a replacement “nipple.” Shane assures his clientele that their nipples look as natural as possible following their respective surgery.
Garnet Tattoo provides 3D nipple tattoos and scar cover-ups in a clean, bright, confidential environment – not unlike a doctor’s office. Shane knows the sensitivity of these types of procedures, and as such, he’s made Garnet into a safe haven for those looking to correct undesired remnants of surgery.