Areola and nipple

The pigmentation of the areola and nipple it is very often the final stage after the breast reconstruction in women underwent mastectomy. Both areola and nipple can be completely rebuilt using a medical tattoo technique. This procedure is performed to give a natural colour appearance to the areola and nipple in the breast surgically restored. In cases where the nipple was not restored, a 3D effect technic can be built emphasizing protruding nipple.

The same technique can be used for camouflaging scars on the areola or just improving them cosmetically by reaching a more symmetric form and a better definition, or even increasing their sizes.

The permanent pigmentation of areolas and nipples restore the natural beauty of breasts regaining confidence in their femininity. And not just promoting cosmetic changes but emotional, physical and relationship benefits. These permanent paramedic’s procedures from breast reconstruction are a miracle of the medical field.

The procedure

Step 1: The Consultation

Prior to the treatment, you will have a personal consultation which will explore your medical history in detail. In order to ensure the correct outcome, we will need to understand what surgery or treatments you have had (or are planned for the future).

We will then talk with you about your desired outcome from the treatment and what you want to achieve. Knowing this will help us to work with you, to develop a solution that meets your needs. In addition to that, we’ll naturally take into account other factors such as your skin tone and breast shape and size.

Step 2: Design

During the design phase we will draw your new areola/nipple onto your skin. You will be fully involved in this process. I will be your guide, but you will be the one to approve exactly what everything looks like.

Then we will work on the colors. Depending on how natural, subtle or strong you want the result, we will custom blend our colors to perfectly match your requirements. Again, you will be fully involved in this part of the process.

Before beginning, the professional will inspect the skin making sure it is healthy enough to receive the procedure. And after cleaning the area with alcohol or an antiseptic solution, the drawing will be made with a pencil respecting the patient’s opinion about the shape. After it is been approved an anaesthetic gel is applied and performs the procedure.

Step 3: The Treatment

All treatments are done in a safe environment and making use of individuals sterile needles.
The treatment itself involves gently application of hypoallergenic pigments in the superficial layers of the skin using the same permanent cosmetic device.

After Care

  • Be patient – redness, weeping, oozing and irritation are all normal effects. And the color may appear much darker than you wish – it will fade with time.
  • On the first day after the procedure, gently use damp cotton discs to pat away the excess lymph (clear, watery fluid) and stained pigment from the procedure area every 30 minutes, at least 5 times.
  • If possible, avoid wearing a bra post-procedure and during the healing process. Whenever possible, let the area be exposed to air to aid during healing. If that is not possible you need to wash the area with gentle soap, like Dial Soap, Cetaphil, or baby shampoo, rinse with water ensuring that all soap is rinsed away, and dry by gently pat with a clean tissue or cotton disc before you can apply the ointment and cover with gauze. Do this about two or three times per day for one week or until the crusts fall off.
  • The area will slowly dry and peel, you might experience itching, this is completely normal. Do not rub or traumatize the procedure area while it is healing, as pigment may be removed along with crusting tissue.
  • Avoid vigorous exercise, bouncing movements or any movements that may stretch the breast area (chest exercises) until the area has healed. Usually this can take up to 10 days post-treatment, but might take longer.
  • Avoid using aloe vera while the area is healing, as it can potentially affect the color retention. Use sun block after the tattoo has healed to prevent future fading of pigment color (if exposed to sun or tanning bed).
  • During the healing time, avoid long and hot showers. Limit your showers to 5 minutes so that you do not create too much steam, and avoid taking baths.

Important Information

Try to avoid Vitamin E supplements, caffeine, alcohol and highly salted foods 24 hours before your procedure, as they dilute the blood and can increase bleeding and lymph rising to the surface during the procedure.