Areola and Nipple Tattoo Program Brings New Hope to Breast Cancer Patients | New


Medical assistant Celia Parrott took a tattoo course funded by the Mercy Health Lourdes Foundation. She has now helped 20 women to feel like themselves again.

PADUCAH – Cancer patients go through so much physically and mentally. Breast cancer patients face the physical burden of having their breasts modified.

Jana Trover is a wife, mother and grandmother. Trover has worked in the medical field for over 30 years.

“Well, 20 of the 34 years I’ve been in gynecology, and I’ve always talked about the BRCA 2 testers, never realizing that I myself was sitting there with a BRCA 2 positive,” said Trover.

She had to deal with it quickly, which meant breast reconstruction.

Medical assistant Celia Parrott fills the nipple of a model breast.

It was a decision that would save her life but shatter her confidence.

“It took me four years to get there, and it’s very private. It’s very personal,” Trover said.

“I was hesitant to do the interview first, but I thought you knew there might be a woman there who isn’t looking down either.”

Soon she learned of a new procedure from Mercy Health Lourdes this year that would give her hope, areola and nipple tattoos.

Physician Assistant Celia Parrott took a tattoo course funded by the hospital foundation.

“We’re trying to achieve a 3D effect with the tattoo so that even if someone hadn’t reconstructed the nipple, it looks like there’s a prominence there,” Parrott said.

She showed Local 6 how she filled the nipple on a model breast implant. Parrott works with patients to select the correct shade and shape for tattoos.


Jana Trover talks about how she felt after her tattoo experience.

Parrott can also use pigments to minimize scarring in the breast area or scarring from chemotherapy ports.

She said the service is needed for the area of ​​the shopping area.

“Tattoo artists, unfortunately, can’t bill health insurance for their services, so a lot of patients haven’t pursued this new cost,” Parrott said.

“But because I am a medical provider, we are able to provide this service, and the insurance covers it.”


A medical assistant tattooing a model breast.

Parrott is changing lives, helping his patients feel whole again.

“I was able to look down. I was very proud. I felt normal again,” Trover said.

“I didn’t mind putting on a swimsuit and taking my grandkids to the pool, even if you couldn’t see it. It’s just that you have a picture of yourself, and you know you found her. “

Parrot has already performed the service on 20 women this year. She reminds everyone to get tested.

If you would like to learn more about this procedure, call Mercy Health Lourdes at 270-442-9463. Parrott said she was always happy to answer any questions about the service.

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