Nipple tattooing for breast reconstruction is explained

It might come as a surprise to many that tattooing can be part of breast reconstruction surgery for cancer patients who have had a mastectomy. Jean Wescott, a dermalpigmentologist and licensed tattooist with a background in fine art, will talk on this subject at the next meeting of the Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 6 p.m., at Wilton Library.

Specifically, she will talk about areola/nipple tattooing. Wescott has worked in Fairfield County for the last eight years doing nipple tattooing for women post mastectomy. She has worked with more than 12 area plastic surgeons.

During reconstruction, a plastic surgeon can create a nipple from breast tissue which Wescott then tattoos, or she paints and creates a 3D nipple on a breast that has not had a nipple constructed. Most women have them tattooed by their surgeon but this is another option.

Wescott does the procedure in her office. She will bring photos of her work and there will be time for questions.

No matter who does the tattooing, they do fade, and most insurance companies pay for a second or third painting. Her website is

The support group is sponsored by the Breast Cancer Survival Center. For information about the meeting, call Nina Marino at 203-857-7304.

Registration is recommended. Call 203-762-3950 or visit