3D Areola Tattooing

Helping restore your appearance and feeling of confidence.

There are many reasons to consider 3D Areola tattooing. Often time there has been a traumatic experience, and part of the healing and recovery process is to combat the feeling of decreased confidence that can result from these experiences. 3D Areola tattooing can help restore this feeling of confidence about your health and appearance allowing you to continue to feel complete again.

There are many benefits to having 3D areola and nipple tattooing, including:

  • Increased confidence
  • Reduces the appearance of scarring from a breast reduction
  • No recovery time or downtime required

What is 3D Areola Tattooing?

3D Areola Tattoo is a type of Paramedical Tattoo that uses shadows and highlights to create the optical illusion of protrusion to the nipple mound. Additional depth and character are added to the Tattoo by creating Montgomery glands and wrinkles that mimic constriction of the nipple. In our field of Micropigmentation, we tend to perform this procedure on people who:

  • Have areolar loss due to mastectomy
  • Have areolar scarring due to nipple-sparing mastectomies
  • Breast lift scars
  • Breast loss due to burn
  • Breast reduction scars
  • Hypo-pigmented areolas
  • Weight loss surgery in men
  • Male breast cancer

Technologies Used

Frequently asked questions

Is it safe?

Yes, areola tattooing is safe. No procedure comes without risks involved, however, such as allergic reaction to the ink and infection of the skin/tissue. We will discuss the risks at the time of your appointment. Single-use disposable needles and disposable cups for pigments are used along with strict aseptic protocols for handwashing and gloves are worn at all times.

Post-procedural instructions should be followed to ensure safe healing.

What is the process?
The pigment is implanted into the skin by small needles that puncture the skin at a high frequency. The needles leave behind pigment using the same equipment used for body art tattoos. I use traditional tattoo ink, not cosmetic facial pigment. The skin heals, creating a natural nipple-areola complex tattoo.

Each client will have an in-depth consultation prior to the tattoo. We will discuss the best color, size and shape, and placement of the tattoo. The actual tattooing will take about 30-60 minutes.

The area will have slight redness and feel similar to a sunburn for a few days post-procedure. You will be instructed on aftercare for the area.

Does it hurt?
Everyone has a different pain tolerance but most patients report it very tolerable. Also, there usually is decreased sensation of the skin to a more or less degree, depending on the type of breast reconstruction you had. Tattooing is a superficial process and afterwards feels comparable to a minor sunburn for a few days.
How do I care for my new tattoo?

Aftercare is primarily a matter of keeping the area clean (showers only until healed), no immersing the tattoo in water, avoiding direct and artificial sunlight. You may want to keep that in mind when scheduling your appointment. Do not let the tattoo dry out. There may be some itching and peeling of the skin for the first week or two. Once healed, your tattoo will be soft and natural-looking. Keeping the skin hydrated and using broad-spectrum sun protection is key to keeping your tattoo vibrant for years to come.

Because tattooing causes trauma to the skin, it may take longer to heal in post-radiation treated skin, those with autoimmune disorders or taking immunosuppressive medication, or in diabetics.

See the aftercare instructions you are provided at your appointment.

Does the tattoo fade?
Yes, in varying degrees. Initially, the ink the tattoo will look very bright and darker than the actual ink used, but as skin heals, the skin cells that were damaged from the trauma of the tattooing process, are shed and replaced by new, pigment-free cells. This is why the color may look less deep and vibrant later on compared to when it was first tattooed. With proper healing and aftercare, your tattoo can look beautiful for years to come.

Please note, that if you have applied any type of topical anesthetic cream or ointment to your skin prior to your tattoo, it will change the skin and how it accepts pigment. This will result automatically in you requiring 2 sessions to achieve full color take on your tattoo. There will be a reduced sitting fee for the 2nd appointment but there will be much less time involved.

Is there anything I need to do before my appointment?

Make sure you eat on the day of the procedure.

Wear a comfortable, loose fitting clothing top that opens in the front.

It is OK to wear a bra.

Try to avoid alcohol as it also tends to thin the blood.

If you take aspirin or an NSAID for aches and pains, I would prefer you use Tylenol (if you can tolerate it) as it does not thin the blood, for a few days prior to the tattoo. However, DO NOT STOP regularly prescribed blood thinning medications from your physician, (aspirin or prescriptions). The tattoo is a superficial procedure, not an invasive surgery.

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