“49 year-old woman had her breasts removed after being diagnosed with breast cancer… she said that without her nipples her breasts looked like a face with no features.” Areola tattoos can be a very important step in the healing process for breast cancer survivors.
Ruth Swissa works countless hours and has devoted her life to not only enriching one’s beauty but restoring shaken self-esteem. Swissa believes her most undisputed cases of a battered self image are women battling breast cancer. After all women go through with breast cancer, there is a final step that helps them find renewed self-confidence and self-esteem. One must be reassured that breast cancer is not the termination of beauty, there is another option; areola pigmentation.
Areola pigmentation is a medical micro-pigmentation process that is used to improve the aesthetic appearance of the nipple areola after reconstructive surgery. The procedure essentially creates a 3-dimensional areola through the use of custom blended, flesh-colored pigments. The use of organic color and the 3-D technique may be used as either a supplement or as a less invasive alternative to skin grafting. The method of pigmentation is less burdensome than other options and similarly beneficial. With Swissa’s artistic ability to apply nothing less than genuine expertise, one is able to unveil the confident, courageous woman inside.
Swissa works with many surgeons who refer their patients to her for her master skills in areola restoration. Swissa feels this is one of the most important steps in the recovery of breast cancer and cannot be overlooked. This is why Ruth Swissa donates her time to those survivors, making the cost very inexpensive.
Swissa works with all types of patients, but says “breast cancer patients seem to move me the most. They come in with different attitudes toward what they have been through. My favorite is when a women came in and said, ‘Okay, here are my breasts, I had breast cancer’…defining herself that way. Then when I finished the procedure she looks at herself and says, ‘I am no longer a victim, I am a survivor.”