Breast reconstruction

Breast reconstruction

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Caption: Breast reconstruction. Semi-permanent make-up being applied to make the nipple and areola look more natural following breast reconstruction. Such tattooing improves the look of a reconstructed breast and is of important psychological benefit to a woman who has undergone a partial or full mastectomy due to breast cancer. Hypo-allergenic natural pigments are gently inserted into the dermal layer of the skin through a sterilized needle. The area is first treated with local anaesthetic. The pigment remains in the skin for up to five years.

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Keywords: areola, body, breast reconstruction, cancer, cosmetic surgery, device, equipment, female, healthcare, instrument, make up, make-up, make-up artist, medical, medicine, needle, nipple, patient, surgical treatment, tattoo, tattooing, woman

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