Medical and Paramedical Micro-pigmentation

Medical and paramedical tattooing for postitive results that change lives.

Permanent micro-pigmentation (tattooing) techniques involve implanting custom color pigment into the dermal layer of the skin as a way to restore the natural beauty to your breasts.

Our goal is to provide our clients with the best possible cosmetic outcome to increase confidence and enhance their quality of life.

Marnie Rustemeyer is specially trained in micro-pigmentation techniques designed to restore the breasts to their most natural looking form following surgery through medical tattooing.

Marnie specializes in 3D nipple/areola tattooing and scar camouflage for breast reconstruction patients.  She trained at the highly acclaimed Sauler Institute at Penn Medicine to give you the best results to match your skin tone, breast and body type.

Contact Marnie Today

Contact us for more information, special rates and to schedule your appointment by email at marnie@mediinkllc.com or call/text (917) 753-6225

Medical Micro-pigmentation (tattooing) is successful for:

  • Breast Reconstruction:  Areola/Nipple restoration for both female and male mastectomy patients.
  • Discolorations:  Hypo-pigmentation (areas of the skin that are light).  Areas of dark skin cannot be lightened.
  • Alopecia:  Hair simulation for scalp and eyebrows.
  • Scar Camouflage:  Surgical scars including face lift, open heart surgery, trauma scars, skin grafts, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the pigments MRI safe?

The pigments we use are manufactured in the United States and are the highest quality available, resulting in excellent color retention and beautiful results.  Our pigments are sterile and made from iron oxides, which are MRI safe.

How do I chose the color and size of my new areola?

During your consultation, we will work with you to determine the best size for your new breast and color to match your skin tone.  Once the color and size are agreed upon, we will create dimension with color and shading, giving you a realistic nipple and areola.  The entire procedure lasts approximately 1.5 hours and you will be amazed at the results!

How long will it last?

Most of the initial fading will happen in the first two weeks.  We will schedule a follow up in 6 weeks to see if a touch up is necessary.  If taken care of properly, your new tattoo should last a lifetime.

Is the procedure painful?

98% of the time, there is no pain in the reconstructed breast.  If you do experience pain, we will apply a topical anesthetic to make you more comfortable.

Is there anything I can do for the scarring on my breast?

This is something that can be camouflaged depending on the type of scar.  This process works best for hypo-pigmented scars that are lighter in color than the surrounding skin.

There is hair on my breast area. Should I remove it prior to the procedure?

You may pluck or shave the hair at least 48 hours prior to your tattoo procedure or receive laser hair removal.  However, leaving the hair untouched will not affect the tattooing.

What can I expect?

The day of the procedure, you will want to wear a comfortable bra and bring any photos of your breasts prior to surgery if you have them

What do I need to do for After Care

The area will be covered with a dressing and you will be given specific aftercare instructions.

What is the cost, and what does it include? (West Virginia Pricing)

Post Mastectomy

  • $100 consultation and to hold your appointment. This will be credited towards your total procedure cost.
  • $400 per breast minimum.

Scar Revision/Skin Needling

  • ​​$100 consultation and to hold your appointment. This will be credited towards your total procedure cost.
  • $150 minimum per treatment (may take multiple treatments).

Scar Camouflage

  • ​​$100 consultation and to hold your appointment. This will be credited towards your total procedure cost.
  • $150 minimum per treatment (may take multiple treatments)

2018 Pricing: Personalized price quote provided at consultation.

*Prices Include: Customized design initial procedure, finishing procedure, and final checkup. Additional procedures might be needed. Additional fees may apply. Prices are subject to change without notice.

When will I be able to resume normal activity after this procedure?

There is no downtime following this procedure, however, we do advise against rigorous exercise for the first 24 hours and no soaking in bathtubs, swimming pools or jacuzzi’s for at least 7 days after.

You will be given a comprehensive after care sheet to take home following your procedure.

Will I need another appointment?

The process is usually complete in one appointment.  However, in some cases, you may require an additional touch up depending on your individual healing process.

Will the needle puncture my implant?

No, the needle only goes into the dermis, which is just 3 layers into the skin (Illustration below).

It is important to recognize the characteristics of the skin for the most realistic outcome.  With the right blend of colors, we can create realistic looking nipples and areola’s and will make your scars less noticeable. Scar camouflage pigments are selected to closely match the surrounding skin and then carefully tattooed to blend with it.  The result is a natural skin like appearance.

Illustration of Procedure

Preparation

There are several things you can do prior to your mastectomy to help better prepare you for your areola and nipple tattooing procedure.

How do I prepare?

  1. Taking before pictures will help you to remember your areola size and shape.
  2. Consider that the skin on your new breasts might not be the same, especially if you have had radiation or TRAM Flap procedures and may affect how your skin holds pigmentation.
  3. Schedule your appointment. Four to six months following surgery is usually the minimum wait time to ensure you are properly healed prior to your procedure.

We do require that you get clearance from your doctor before prior to treatment.

“I was so grateful to be a recipient of these ladies work! I went in for a refresh and they looked great!  They matched the color to my skin tone perfectly and the tattoos healed after only 3 days with tegaderm aftercare!”

- Leslie M. - Tattoo Touch Up Before & After