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This content hopefully will answer questions that arise before, during and after nipple tattooing (areola repigmentation). If you have any questions that you would like addressed or any other comments that you might have at all. Please do not hesitate to contact White Tiger Tattoo directly. Contact them by email at email@example.com and by phone number at (585) 621-4460 – Greece, (585) 872-2722 – Webster, or toll free at (888) 305-7155.
Who is White Tiger Tattoo? How long have they been doing this?
My name is TeeJay (ok, lets start there, obviously my name is not TeeJay, its Teressa Jean, but even my family calls me TeeJay – so its ok for you to do so as well). I have been tattooing full time since about 1992. When did I start with the nipples? Some time between there and 1994 a woman came in the shop and asked me to do one for her. I told her no – I had no idea how to do that kind of work. She talked me into it anyhow (I can tell you the longer version of that story some other time if you like). After that over the years every now and again someone would wander in or be referred in and I would do work for them (always explaining my level of experience at that point). Some time in the late 90′s I did some work for one of Doctor Serletti’s patients who was very pleased with the results and recommended me to him. His office then contacted me to ask if I would be willing to come into Strong to do the tattooing there so that the insurance could cover it. I was thrilled at the idea of not having to charge for the service and the idea that women who didn’t feel comfortable coming into a tattoo shop would have a more familiar environment to come to. It seemed like a win-win situation for everyone involved. Unfortunately it took a while longer to get the insurance companies and some of the powers-that-be at the hospital to be OK with bringing in a tattooist from outside. (Keep in mind that within both NewYork state and Monroe County there are no licensing procedures for tattooists and therefore I have no paper credentials that I could provide.)
The first couple of times that I worked at the hospital they had a staff of people watching me and my procedures. After that everyone disappeared, so I must have passed all of their tests! Since then the staff has almost completely changed and in the Spring of 2007 I made the move to the Clinton Crossing facility. In December of 2008 Dr. Vega left Strong to go into private practice. I have been seeing patients at his new office 1050 Pittsford-Victor Road, Pittsford NY 14534. I may at some time in the future return to seeing patients at Clinton Crossings – but for the time being I will only be working with Dr. Vega & his staff.
What Can I Expect?
Usually I will start out by asking you if you have any questions for me. (So start thinking of ‘em now). Try to answer them and then show you pictures of work that I have done in the past. (Links below)…. Hand you one of those nifty little blue gowns ( no trip to the office would feel complete without one, and besides it protects your clothes from the inks that I use.) From there we will try and find a suitable color. Once we are both happy with the color I will mark out the area that we will be working to fill. The tattooing itself takes about 15 minutes per side. For most everyone the noise that the machine makes is the most annoying part. While the tattooing does hurt normally I find that the combination of what you have been through prior to this and the damage to nerve endings makes it pretty bearable. It is possible to use local anesthetics prior to the procedure – but generally is not necessary and always complicates the healing process. If you have extreme sensitivity or pain in the area that we will be working in – please contact me directly before your appointment and we can discuss possible options.
After we are finished I will let you check everything out in a mirror… make sure everything is ok, explain to you once again (because I will have probably mentioned many times already by this point) that the tattoo will be darker and redder right now than it will be when it is healed. I will put bandages on you (let you get dressed) and go over the care instructions with you.
Like any medical procedure, you should try to come to the appointment fed and healthy. Unlike normal medical procedures you are more than welcome to have fun during the process. Want to bring a friend? Bring ‘em along. Want to bring your own music? – great! bring a CD or two. Want to celebrate being at the end of the process? Let me know what you would like to do and I will try to help in any way that I can. Please do not be afraid to ask me anything. I work at a tattoo shop – you aren’t going to offend me! Please do not be scared of the weird tattoo lady – I have a house and husband and kids and all the usual life stuff – just perhaps with a bit more color.
I want to do everything that I can to help this process be a simple pleasant experience – please let me know what I can do for you.
Booking An Appointment
To schedule an appointment call (585) 383-4040
To reach White Tiger Tattoo direct call (585) 621-4460 (Greece) or (585) 872-2722 (Webster)
Please note that if you do not have insurance or will not be going through your insurance company you should contact White Tiger Tattoo directly.