I'm proud to offer Areola and 3-D Nipple Tattooing. This specialized area of Medical Tattooing is provided to those who have undergone breast surgery and reconstruction, often after a mastectomy. To help these patients regain a good feeling about their body, reconstructive surgeons are turning to tattoo artists who specialize in the restoration of the nipple & areola.
Many plastic surgeons who provide the service of breast reconstruction used to offer tattooing nipples/areolas after the reconstruction surgery, but often the lack of training in tattoo techniques would leave the patient unhappy with the results. Many physicians are now opting to send the patient to artists like me who specialize specifically in this art of Medical Tattooing.
A nipple and areola tattoo can be done after breast and nipple reconstruction surgery. The tattoo will help re-create your nipple and areola and complete your breast reconstruction.
4-D Nipple Tattooing: Some patients opt to have a nipple reconstruction procedure along with their breast reconstruction surgery. Nipple reconstruction consists of the surgeon using skin to rebuild a protrusion, leaving a raised bump to simulate a nipple. The nipple and areola tattoo will give color and further dimension to the reconstruction. Because it is physically raised, we call this 4-D.
3-D Nipple Tattooing: Not all patients will have nipple reconstruction. In this case, the breast skin will remain flat. The new nipple and areola, created by the tattoo application, will give the illusion of nipple protrusion from the flat surface, which we call 3-D.
Many breast operations require one or more incisions at or around the edge of the areola which may produce scarring. Areola tattooing can improve the appearance and help with self esteem in both women and men who have undergone breast surgery. Areola Repigmentation (or Restoration or Re-coloration) can create an areola after breast reconstruction, minimize the appearance of scarring, restore an areola to a more natural looking color and shape, and aid in symmetry.
The #1 question I get asked is "will this be painful?"
While getting any tattoo involves some level of discomfort, my top priority is making this a positive experience for my patients. Topical numbing is used to ensure the patient stays as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure.
Rest assured this process will be a pleasant experience and I'm honored to be apart of this final step of this very long journey for many of my clients.