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What is Areola Tattooing?

Areola Tattooing is a specialty area of medical tattooing that requires advanced education, training, and experience. These procedures help improve the appearance and self esteem of women who have undergone breast surgery. Areola tattooing techniques can “create” an areola after breast reconstruction, minimize the appearance of scars, or restore an areola to a more natural looking color and shape


Does it hurt?

This soft feather stroke etched in skin to resemble brow hairs is done with topical numbing agent to insure the best experience with little to no pain. There are up to two different numbing agents that are repeatedly applied during the procedure to make sure the client experiences as little discomfort as possible. Discomfort will vary from person to person



Areola Tattooing FAQ




How Areola Tattooing Helps People After Breast Surgery?

The areola is part of the human breast. It is a circular area of skin around the nipple that is often darker and thicker than the surrounding skin. The areola plays a key role in the aesthetic look of a breast. Since a woman’s self-image can depend on the appearance of her breasts, a missing areola can be psychologically devastating. A woman can survive breast cancer after undergoing a mastectomy, and she can regain her figure with a breast reconstruction. However, she may not feel “complete” without an areola. A woman can become emotionally distressed from a scarred areola as well. Areola tattooing provides the “finishing touch” after breast surgery. Patients feel the tattooing process helps them during the last part of their recovery to look complete and feel “whole” and “normal” again.


What Causes Areola Scars?

Surgical procedures on the breast can create a scar if they require an incision at or around the edge of the areola. The scar that is left is called a peri-areolar scar. Some breast surgeries also create a vertical scar from the nipple through the lower portion of the breast that may need to be camouflaged. The following are breast surgical procedures that may create a scar: Breast Augmentation or Enlargement (Augmentation Mammoplasty); Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty); Breast Lift (Mastopexy); and Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia).



What is the healing process like?

The healing process is easy as NO touching, NO pampering, NO dressing. The downtime after the procedure is minimal. Never ever touch treated area without thoroughly washing hands to avoid infection.

How to Preparing For Your Procedure?

Areola simulation or scar camouflage can be performed when your physician approves it. Scar camouflage can usually be performed as soon as 6 months after surgery, but you should first ask your physician.




What about Design, Color, and Spot Testing?

There is a complete assortment of hypo-allergenic areola pigment colors. We will work with you to select a color or colors that look the most natural for you. For scar camouflage or unilateral areola recreation, we recommend a spot color test before the actual procedure is performed. A patient’s skin tone and body chemistry will affect the healed color of their tattooed areas. Therefore, the spot test is the safest way to determine the formula for the closest color match to an existing areola. The color spot test is scheduled as an individual appointment. It should be completed 4 to 6 weeks before the actual tattooing procedure to allow for healing and color stabilization. Once the spot is healed and the color is evaluated, the areola tattooing sessions can begin. You should also keep in mind that a simulated or scarred areola will probably need more than one tattooing session to achieve the best looking result.


Does the color or pigment ever change?

After about 6 weeks, the true color/pigment will apparent. A ghosting phase will appear approximately 4 weeks after the procedure where pigment will seem lighter. The pigment is the darkest right after the procedure and will lighten over time.

What is the After Care Procedure?

You will need to follow specific steps for one week after each areola tattooing session. We will give you an after care kit with medical grade supplies and detailed instructions. Although you will not need to take time off from work, you should keep your recovery period and after care in mind when scheduling your procedure appointments around work, social, or travel plans.  

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