Madame Lazonga's Tattoo
1527 Western Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98101
Madame Lazonga has been specializing in the artistry of reconstructive tattooing post-mastectomy since 1985. Finding great compassion and empathy for women who have survived the physical ravages of breast cancer and its resultant surgical scars, she feels compelled to help facilitate the healing process in the realm that is perhaps the most difficult to heal: Emotional Scars. With this idea in mind, she sees tattooing as having a potential for energy transmutation: away from negative body imagery and into beautiful body art.
One of the most important parts of the tattooing process post-mastectomy is creating/discovering a design that is flattering to the the client, one that enhances and honors her female form and natural sense of curvature, as the natural breasts would do. The Madame has created some basic design templates that she believes accomplishes these considerations in most women. From the basic templates, one can create a design that is uniquely their own.
Please click on the images below to view examples of The Madame's
CUSTOM DESIGNS POST-MASTECTOMY
For women post-mastectomy who are not ready or who are not interested in full tattoo designs and/or coverage, many opt to revise or restore the color and shape of their nipples. This process has been shown to have a pronounced effect on the way women feel in and about their bodies after enduring the traumas of breast cancer and the surgeries that follow. For women Post-Mastectomy, who are not ready or who are not interested in full tattoo designs and/or coverage, many opt to revise or restore the color and shape of their nipples.
First, the size of the areola is agreed upon. Then, a template is used to draw it on the skin. The colors for the client's unique skin type are considered and blended. The outline is the first part of the tattoo. the area is first needled without ink so that the pores can open up to receive lidocaine. The lidocaine does not numb the skin completely, but will a significant amount. The darker hues are applied first and then worked into several gradations of lighter hues. This creates a contrast and depth of field, or 3D, making it appear more life-like.
Nipple revisions take about 1.5 hours for each side, so expect three hours in total, although it could be less,
Please Note: Ink is a foreign substance which will not always match your individual skin tone. For this reason, The Madame recommends that women get both nipples revised so they will be guaranteed a match. Ink always looks darker right after the initial process, and nipples lighten as they begin to heal: about 7-10 days. It takes a month to see the final results.