Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Breast Cancer Awareness month we bring our October newsletter to you so that those women you know who have been affected with breast cancer can know their options
Being diagnosed and treated for cancer may be one of the most difficult things you or a loved one may ever face.
Please know that if this happens to you or loved one that The Whitney Center for Permanent Cosmetics can help to bring closure and restore a feeling of beauty to a healing body.
We look forward to the opportunity to care for you or your loved ones as they make the transition through cancer; finding their personal beauty again with our unique treatments.
Not only is breast cancer prevention important but so is treatment for the "whole you". With that in mind, we wanted to bring to your attention a procedure that has become a hallmark for Melany Whitney and has brought her the referral of cancer specialists at many prestigious centers on the East Coast such as the NY Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical College and Dubin Breast Center at the Tisch Cancer Institute at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City.
You don't have to settle for less than quality care when it comes to putting your life back together. Most insurance companies will allow you to choose your own provider when it comes time to recreating your areola with a tattoo. Why not choose the most experienced provider in creating the illusion of protrusion?
Many words come to mind when describing the specialized art work of Melany Whitney -- realistic, natural, meticulously detailed, three dimensional-looking. What makes the descriptions truly remarkable is that Whitney uses a canvas not used by traditional artists -- the nipple region of the human breast.
The acclaimed Whitney, a graduate of Cornell University's School of Art and Architecture, helps women recovering from cancer surgery by re-creating nipples and areolas (the circular area around the nipples) through the art of micropigmentation (cosmetic tattooing).
Mia Talmor, MD FACS New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical College, says "I refer my patients ONLY to her [Melany Whitney] for areola complex repigmentation."
Although the trend in early stage breast reconstruction is to conserve as much skin as possible, millions of women are unable to retain the areola and nipple. Such a loss can be overwhelming, since the nipple/areola defines the appearance of the breast and can impact a woman's self-esteem.
After surgery and healing, the final stage for many women is to regain their appearance so they can move on with their lives. The difference in areola nipple tattooing done by Melany Whitney is that all procedures are done in a private medical office, no anesthesia is needed. The client is up and experiencing the last stage and participating in the unique artistry that Melany performs which includes creating the illusion of protrusion and dimension. This unique procedure brings symmetry and balance to the breast. For women with unilateral reconstruction the unique talent of Melany Whitney can provide a "match" between the two breasts.
Here are just a few comments from some of our clients:
"My doctor referred me to a nurse-aesthetician whose idea of creating a nipple was to stamp on a round dot of color with no depth or dimension," said one New York woman who had a mastectomy. "But I wanted my breast to look real -- Melany did that for me."
"Melany Whitney, who has been performing these unique services for over fifteen years, says she's proud of her "mini masterpieces" as well as her work camouflaging surgical scars and restoring brows lost as a result of chemotherapy.
"I had a mastectomy of one breast and wanted the nipple and areola to match my other breast. I met with 10 plastic surgeons. Some wanted their nurse-aesthetician to do the work, but they were only going to put on a pigment or two. I needed someone who could create projections and details. So I checked out tattoo parlors, but those that did such work used palettes that were too strong. Finally a doctor referred me to Melany. I checked out her credentials in the micropigmentation field, looked at pictures of her work, and realized she is an artist who works on the body. I had the procedure a year ago. I feel so good now, and my breasts look so natural, that I kind of forget what has happened."