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.