WAYNE, NJ – On Saturday on Valley Road, across from where Whole Foods is being built, Restoration Body Art celebrated its Grand Opening in Wayne with a ribbon-cutting attended by owner/artist Kris Fernicola and several supporters as well as Mayor Vergano and Town Councilwoman Aileen Rivera.  “What Restoration Body Art brings to Wayne is special,” said Rivera. “Kris helps bring closure to breast cancer survivors so that they have a sense of normalcy after so much trauma.”

Restoration Body Art specializes in 3D Areola Paramedical Tattooing for women and men who have undergone breast reconstruction surgery due to breast cancer.

Fernicola is a very talented artist who uses her gift to re-create the look of a real, 3D Areola/Nipple structure.  “My motto and the word that I say is Restore. Restore means to bring or give back that which was lost or taken,” said Fernicola.

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“It’s very traumatic going through breast cancer, then being told that you are going to lose one or both of your breasts, then going through the reconstructive process,” said Fernicola. “Usually, I’m the last person they see on their reconstructive journey, so what I do is I take a lot of input from my clients and design something for them that would be appropriate color-wise and size, keeping their desires and wishes in mind.”

Fernicola studied portrait anatomy realism and uses her talents and skills to make a flat surface look 3D. “I also perform scar camouflage, to help blend scars into the natural skin tone, so that they are difficult to see,” she said.

Last month, as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Fernicola was given a certificate of recognition from the Township of Wayne for her work with cancer patients. “Kris is committed to giving back to the community and making a difference in the lives of women and men who’ve had to have their breasts reconstructed following mastectomies,” Rivera said.

But Fernicola believes the recognition should go to the survivors themselves.  “They are the real heroes, and the fact that I can take the gift of the talent I was given and use it to see women and men restored is so fulfilling.”

“They change my life.  I’m touched everyday by different people that I call Thrivers because they’ve come through the journey and are excited to be at the end and are ready to move on,” said Fernicola.

Her work is covered by most insurances, and Restoration Body Art offers free consultations.