My name is -, and I had gynecomastia surgery
done by Dr. Bermant in 2009.
I am happy with the results of the surgery, and need no further work done by Dr. Bermant. I do, however, have a specific question regarding scarring that I'm hoping Dr. Bermant can help me with:
-I have a fairly noticeable hypopigmented scar from the areola incision on my right side, and have been considering micropigmentation (medical tattooing) to minimize the appearance of the scar now that it has healed. Could Dr. Bermant recommend any licensed practitioners in the - area? I would consider - areas as well.
Thank you for your response in this matter.
It has been some time since your surgery 2009.
Sorry, no I do not know of any specific micropigmentation specialist local to you or nationally.
I personally have not seen spectacular results from medical tattooing. I have seen magnificent other tattoos with artistic shading and gradations. Yet in the medical area, no such artistry. The areola, as in your specific case, has a gradual gradation of color changes at the periphery. I am not certain as to the lack of elegance in the medical tattooing. It could be they do not spend the money on the multiple pigments or just do not have the volume to practice the art, or I just have not seen good work. The second issue with all tattoos is that they tend to fade over time. When it is an entire tattoo, then the difference are not noticeable. But when in regards to a pigmented area such as the lip or areola, the differences become more noticeable. The third issue is in the natural changes that our body's pigmented areas undergo. This includes sun tanning, hormone changes, and other factors. The tattoo section cannot change since the color is not controlled by the body's pigment cells, but pigment deposited in the skin.
The pigmented zone of the areola can expand and contract over time. I have seen cases where I document an incision at the edge of the areola that over the years, new pigmentation develops well beyond my scar. At least I have the photographs showing my original scar placement at the edge of the areola and to clarify that I did not put the incision inside of the areola.
Hope you are enjoying your new chest. I have posted this in the forum to see other opinions.
What would be a good demonstration of refined medical tattooing? Besides close up photos, I would like to see the effects with and without a tan and of course the changes over time. For the lip, I would like to see the results in motion. For the areola, the effect of it stimulated and relaxed to see how the tattoo acted under animation. If you have such quality tattoos, contact me to enable posting of images before the minimum required post counts. As you can see, this is an issue the public wants to be educated about.
Michael Bermant, MD
Ironbridge Medical Park
11601 Ironbridge Road Suite 201
Chester, Virginia 23831
American Board of Plastic Surgery
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