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Tattoos that change lives

UC Cancer Institute physicians bring 3D tattooist to campus to teach practitioners how to perform 3D areola tattoos on local patients

On Oct. 14-15, Beth Fairchild, a medical tattooist from North Carolina, visited the University of Cincinnati medical campus and taught UC Health practitioners how to perform 3D areola tattoos on patients who undergo mastectomy, reconstruction or other surgeries that leave them without natural nipples or areolae.

Elizabeth Burton was one of the patients who volunteered to be tattooed during the training, and now, she feels like her journey is complete.

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Find out more about the reconstrutive team.

The UC Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Center will also discuss options like this and other innovations in the field at the annual educational symposium, titled “Breast Cancer Prevention, Detection and Treatment:  Innovations Around Every Corner,” Saturday, Nov. 2. Learn more and register.