A new device could allow plastic surgeons to get three-dimensional nipple tattoos during breast reconstruction, according to a new study published in the journal Plastic Surgery,media reported. Dr. Solomon Azouz, M.D., from the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, and his colleagues investigated 753 cases of plastic surgery and reconstruction to assess the current practice of 3D medical tattoos for nipple reconstruction after a mastectomy.
The researchers also developed and demonstrated a digitally numbered nipple device, a 3D-printed mold, to ensure accurate, consistent and personalized aesthetics during complex tattoos of 3D nipple stoics.
The researchers found that 23 percent of the institutions that provided reconstruction did not perform or recommend complex tattoos of nipple stoma, leaving patients to seek services on their own. With this nipple device, patients can choose to restore the complex anatomy of pre-disease nipple mastullase by using preoperative photos or by selecting from a design catalog. In addition, the device can be applied to any reconstructed breast, whether or not nipple reconstructive.
The researchers point out that the nipple device allows plastic surgeons or specialists to perform complex tattoos of 3D nipple stoiciness in their offices that are cheaper, more efficient and quick.