Areola tattoo is a complex medical tattoo treatment that involves implanting micropigment into the dermis artistically to simulate a nipple and areola. It takes skill by a highly trained and experienced cosmetic tattooist to achieve a 3D result.
It is often the final step in the journey of a breast cancer survivor.
We can cater to all styles of nipple size and colour with or without reconstruction of the breast and/or nipple. For unilateral patients, we can colour match the other side and for bilateral patients, We can create the best style to suit what you had before your surgery.
Usually the plastic and reconstructive surgeon will tell the patient when it’s a suitable time to proceed to have nipple areola tattooing and most patients are looking forward to completing the process as soon as possible to help them feel “normal” again. This part of the journey can be an emotional one as it is usually the end of a very long process of recovery.
Most patients must wait 6 months after the following medical treatments;
- Breast reconstruction surgery
- Final treatment of chemotherapy
- Completing radio therapy
There is a waiting period of 3 months after nipple reconstruction before performing nipple areola complex tattooing. Three sessions are needed.
Does it hurt?
A little bit but the result far outweighs the pain. Everyone has a different pain tolerance, some feel it more than others. Some clients take pain relieving medication prior to their treatment. You can purchase a small tube of EMLA cream from the chemist and apply this one hour before coming to your appointment to numb the skin. This will take the edge off for some, not completely numb the area. I also use numbing cream over the areas I work.
Why is a cosmetic tattoo semi-permanent?
The area treated, colour used, age of client and skin condition all plays a part in the longevity of your tattoo. Predominantly the darker the pigment, the larger the particle, therefore longer lasting. Cosmetic tattoo is implanted into the very top layer of the dermis and lower layers of the epidermis where the colour can be slowly metabolised by the body. The larger the particle, the harder it is for the body to move it (hence the reason why a body tattoo does not disappear).
Is it like a tattoo?
Yes, it is basically the same procedure and result. The difference is the machine used and the pigments implanted. Tattoo artists use a coil machine which has more power than the rotary pen style a Cosmetic tattoo practitioner uses; they have less power and noise than the coil machine and are more gentle and less traumatic for the face. The difference can also be the depth the needle is inserted into the skin as a cosmetic tattoo will be more shallow than a normal body tattoo.
Other important information
Colour matching can be difficult at times but I endeavour to match as close to your colour request as possible. Many things can alter the end result of the pigment colour in the skin; colour and depth of pigment, acid, oils in your skin, sun exposure and neglecting to follow home care instructions.
If you suffer allergies you may like to have a patch test before going ahead with the treatment. This is done behind the ear.
Healing is mild and time is between 4-6 weeks with normal everyday activities able to be resumed immediately. Colours are normally very harsh, dark/bright and sharp for approximately 5 days the tattoo should start to fade. Fading can be up to 50-80% of initial tattoo.
BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS
VARIOUS PHOTOS OF AREOLA CLIENT TATTOOS