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April 21, 2017
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May 15, 2017

How Areola Repigmentation Helps After Surgery

The areola is part of the human breast in both women and men. 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 become emotionally distressed from a scarred areola as well. A man’s self-esteem can also be lowered by the appearance of his chest and breasts. 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.

This realistic art form helps to restore confidence and wholeness to both women and men by aesthetically restoring the natural and believable appearance of the nipple and areola. Areola Nipple complex simulation can be achieved with or without a grafted nipple.

On a unilateral mastectomy, the areola nipple tattooing helps the reconstructed breast match the natural one. Custom formulas are mixed to match the color of the nipple and subtle effects are mimicked for a realistic effect. Once the breast mound has been tattooed, the appearance of residual scarring is minimized. Nipple areola shape and size, along with colour will be discussed on the day of your treatment. There is no down time, you will be provided with an aftercare pack and instructions on how to care for your new tattoo.

Post-Surgical Areola Tattooing Techniques

Areola-Nipple Complex Simulation

The colour of an areola can be darkened, balanced, or enhanced with tattooing. The process helps women who have discoloured or lightened areolas after breastfeeding or patients who have had areola graft surgery. Patients with skin discolouration disorders (e.g. Vitiligo) can also benefit from areola tattooing. Also, individuals who have not had breast surgery but are self-conscious about their areola colour or size (too light or too small) may choose this procedure to adjust their appearance.

Areola Size or Colour Adjustment

This procedure is for patients who have had breast reconstruction after a mastectomy or lumpectomy. Cosmetic tattooing techniques and color pigments are used to create the appearance of an areola. For a unilateral mastectomy patient, this process helps the reconstructed breast to match the natural breast. For patients with bilateral breast reconstruction, both areolas are recreated. Areola complex simulation can be achieved with or without a nipple button created by the surgeon.

Areola Scar Camouflage

Many breast operations require one or more incisions at or around the edge of the areola which may produce scarring. The most common peri-areolar scars are from breast augmentation or reduction surgeries. A scar’s appearance can be softened, blended, or reduced by tattooing the areola scar using corrective pigment amouflage techniques.

Health and Hygiene

Health and hygiene are of the utmost importance. The ambience and impression of excellence present in her clinic is also reflected in the tools and materials she uses. Clients can be assured of the most superior level of hygiene and quality equipment throughout their procedures All pigments used for nipple areola complex tattoo are produced in keeping with the highest standards for purity and have been tested to conform to their respective specifications for use in Micropigmentation procedures as applicable. They contain NO heavy metals or carcinogens and undergo RESAP testing to meet strict European standards.
Melissa Carr
Melissa Carr
As a cosmetic tattoo artist and beauty therapist I am very passionate and committed to excellence in my field. My credentials are second to none having been trained regularly by top international Cosmetic Tattooists and teachers who pioneered the industry over 28 years ago.