Vlog with Stacie-Rae: Flat Closure Informed Consent and Advocacy

NPOAS President Kim Bowles spoke with Stacie-Rae, professional restorative tattoo artist, innovator, and quality advocate. They discuss aesthetic flat closure, informed consent in medicine, managing expectations, and advocacy strategy.

Flat Closure Zoom with Kim & Stacie-Rae: Informed Consent and Advocacy

Informed Consent

An agreement between patient and provider after full disclosure of all medical options and their risks and benefits, to a specific medical intervention (treatment, test, or procedure). There are flour elements to informed consent.

  1. The patient must have the capacity (ability) to make a decision
  2. The provider must disclose all relevant information on the intervention
  3. The patient must comprehend the information provided
  4. The patient must give consent without coercion or duress

Restorative Tattoo: A highly specialized practice of paramedical tattooing, which restores the appearance of the nipple and/or areola (reference). Surgical reconstruction of the nipple can produce a nipple-like contour (shape) but permanent coloration and detail restoration requires modification with ink.

Learn more about Stacie-Rae’s work

Stacie-Rae is a leading restorative tattoo artist and founder of the Areola Restorative Tattoo (A.R.T.) training and certification program (and print book). Stacie-Rae is also the creator of Nipplebacks temporary nipple tattoos. As a mastectomy patient herself who recently explanted to flat after her implants were recalled, she’s a tireless advocate for optimal quality standards for restorative tattooing.

Published by Not Putting on a Shirt

Founder of Not Putting on a Shirt, a mastectomy patients' rights organization that advocates for optimal surgical outcomes for patients going flat.

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