i am a 46-year-old single (but looking) woman who had a mastectomy and breast reconstruction after having been diagnosed with breast cancer a little under two years ago. the second stage of the reconstruction involves creating a new nipple and then tattooing the skin around to match the areola of the other breast using micropigmentation/medical tattooing. is such a procedure halachically permissible?
what are the halakhic issues involved? is there a heter available for such a procedure?
thank you very much
You are allowed to go through the tattoo procedure for the nipple reconstruction.
See the Nishmat Avraham, Vol. II (Yore-De'a) 180:a3 (pp. 132-133) [Hebrew- new edition – 2007. In the English translation of the Nishmat Avraham (ArtScroll) vol. 3, p. 302]
See also ASSIA vol. 87-88 pp. 35-42 (2010).