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Mastectomy Tattoos

Breast Cancer Tattoos, also known as Mastectomy Tattoos or "Nipple Tattoos" are what inspired the opening of Bluebird Ink. While in graduate school for figurative oil painting, Louisa's mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. 


It was with her mother's encouragement, and her understanding of the devastation of cancer that Louisa continued her artistic career by training in cosmetic, paramedical, and traditional tattooing. She is proud to offer this specialized and high-quality service to Kentucky and region.


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Every survivor's experience is different. We know you'll have a lot of questions which is why we offer a 100% free consult or phone call with an artist. 

How much do nipple tattoos cost? For areola reconstruction tattoos with Louisa, the 2022 price: $650  is paid in three payments, A deposit is taken online, and the remaining balance of the first session total, $450,  is due at the initial appointment. A your perfection visit 7-12 weeks later, $200 is the remaining blanace.  An artistic body art mastectomy tattoo is priced per piece generally by the hour. 


When am I ready, or How long do I need to wait after surgery?   Everyone heals at a different pace. In general, I have found most women are ready 8-12 months after their last surgery. Please email us a photo, or set up a consultation of your scar tissue to see if you are ready for your new nipples yet!


Can you tattoo Irradiated skin?   Yes. However, I have found most irradiated skin to heal slightly differently than non-irradiated.

I have really thin skin, will this puncture my implant? No! We only tattoo into the 2nd layer of our skin, and there is no risk of us puncturing the implant which is set much deeper and covered by several layers of skin and fascia. 


Does insurance cover this? SOMETIMES, it is very hard to get reimbursal due to the fact that we do not hold a license recognized as a medical based license. As such,  insurance companies find it easy to refuse to reimbuse people even if we have submitted all the correct information. As of Jan 1, 2022 We no longer at attempting to work with insurance. We have attempted to keep our pricing reasonable for our expereince, and skillset in order for this to be an acheivable procedure for everyone.  We have made the decision to offer financing for those who need support, to help spread the payments out. Please let you artist know if you would like information on financing your procedure.


How long does it take? It takes about 2-2.5 hours from the time you arrive until you leave.


How many appointments do I need?  You will see me two times, 7-12 weeks apart, unless it is necessary to have a third sitting.

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