Mastectomy Tattoos

Breast Cancer Tattoos, also known as Mastectomy Tattoos or "Nipple Tattoos" are what inspired the opening of Bluebird Ink Beautique. 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, 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 the 2021 price  ($600) is paid in three payments, A deposit is taken online, and the remaining balance of $400 is due at the initial appointment. $200 is paid at the perfection visit 7-10 weeks later.  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. Each insurance company is different, many bill it as an out-of-network reimbursal. Many Plans for a successful reimbursement, you will require: 1. a doctors referral (to the artist) and 2. an invoice with the specific medical procedure codes to be submitted. Step one to finding out if your procedure will be covered is to call your insurance; sometimes it takes some firm discussions, and try to get an preauthorization number showing this has been cleared. 


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, 7-9 weeks apart, unless it is necessary to have a third "sitting".