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When we think of tattooing we think of decorating the body. This form of tattooing is using art to heal. We are specially trained artists that restore the breast to their most natural looking form, through tattooing.
WHAT IS AREOLA TATTOOING?
This is the placement of pigment beneath the epidermis of the skin in the areola area , otherwise known as tattooing or micro-pigmentation.
This process is done using a machine that move 3000 times per minute, injecting insoluble ink into the dermis.
WHAT ARE THE TYPE OF PIGMENTS USED?
There are different types of pigments that can be used for this process, and will be determined by each artist.
Our artists use pure organic pigments for all areola tattooing procedure
Thinking ahead, there are a few things to do prior to your Mastectomy that will help with your areola nipple tattooing
~ Take before pictures
~Think about your areola color and write it down
~Note the size of your breast and areola
WHAT TO EXPECT
The day of the procedure you will want to wear a comfortable bra and bring any photos of your breast prior to surgery, if you have them (not needed).
WILL I HAVE PAIN DURING THE PROCEDURE?
No.98% of the time there is no pain in the reconstructed breast. For the other 2% we will apply a topical anesthetic so there is little to no pain.
COLOR CHOICE AND SIZE OF MY AREOLA:
When you meet your artist, they will work with you to determine color and size by first drawing impermanently on the area. Once the color and size are agreed upon, the artist will create dimension with color and shading, giving you a realistic nipple and areola. When the procedure is finished you will be amazed with the results!
The area will be covered with dressings and you will be given your aftercare instructions.
REMEMBER: Pigment looks much darker the first 10 days after the procedure. Areolas look darker at first and after 10 days they will appear as the pigment that we’ve chosen for your skin tone.
WILL I NEED ANOTHER APPOINTMENT?
This process is usually complete in one appointment,
however, in some cases, you may require an additional touch up depending on your individual healing process.
If a follow up is necessary , you will need to return in 4 to 6 weeks.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will I be able to go back to normal activity after this procedure?
There is no down time with this procedure and you should be able to resume your normal activities away.
However , there are a few restrictions : No vigorous exercise for the first 24 hours and no soaking in any bathtubs, swimming pools or jacuzzis for a least 7 days after.
Will the needle puncture my implant?
No, the needle only goes into the dermis which is just 3 layers into the skin.
Is there anything I can do with the scarring on my breast?
This is something that may be camouflaged depending on what your scars look like. This process works best for hypopigmentated scars that are lighter in color than surrounding skin.
How long will it last?
Most of the initial fading will happen in the first two weeks. Unless exposed to the sun, your tattoo should last a lifetime.
There is hair on my breast area. Should I remove it prior to the procedure?
You may pluck or shave the hair at least 48 hours prior to your tattoo procedure or receive hair laser removal. However, leaving the hair untouched will not effect tattooing.