Elane Skin Care Services

Permanent Areola Repigmentation & Nipple

What is Permanent Areola Repigmentation & Nipple Restoration?

For women who have undergone mastectomies, other breast surgery, or who may have irregular or fading areolas, these permanent paramedical breast restoration procedures are nothing short of a medical miracle. Our permanent areola repigmentation and nipple restoration technique employs cosmetically tattooed micropigmentation as a way to restore the natural beauty of your breasts so you can regain confidence in your own femininity. These procedures help improve the appearance and self esteem of both women and men who have undergone breast surgery.

How Does Areola Repigmentation Help After Breast Surgery?

The areola is part of the human breast in both women and men. It is a circular area of skin around the nipple that is often darker and thicker than the surrounding skin. The areola plays a key role in the aesthetic look of a breast. Since a woman’s self-image can depend on the appearance of her breasts, a missing areola can be psychologically devastating. A woman can survive breast cancer after undergoing a mastectomy, and she can regain her figure with a breast reconstruction. However, she may not feel “complete” without an areola. A woman can become emotionally distressed from a scarred areola as well. A man’s self-esteem can also be lowered by the appearance of his chest and breasts. Areola tattooing provides the “finishing touch” after breast surgery. Clients feel the tattooing process helps them during the last part of their recovery to look complete and feel “whole” and “normal” again.

What Causes Areola Scars?

Surgical procedures on the breast can create a scar if they require an incision at or around the edge of the areola. The scar that is left is called a peri-areolar scar. Some breast surgeries also create a vertical scar from the nipple through the lower portion of the breast that may need to be camouflaged. The following are breast surgical procedures that may create a scar: Breast Augmentation or Enlargement (Augmentation Mammoplasty); Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty); Breast Lift (Mastopexy); and Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia).

Waiting and Preparing For Your Procedure

Areola pigmentation can usually be performed as soon as 6 months after surgery.

Does is hurt?

If you have had a breast implant and regained some breast skin sensation, Tonya will use topical anesthetic. Most patients with flap reconstruction have little sensation. After drawing the outline of the areola, Tonya will place the tattooing instrument against your breast. You may feel a pushing and vibrating sensation, as many small needles transfer pigment into your skin. The entire process can take as little as 30 minutes.

How do you choose a color?

Tonya uses an exclusive Organic pigment line, which follows the Fitspatrick Skin Type Chart. All skin undertones are different, Tonya does not adhere to a “one size fits all” makeup system.  She works with your skin’s undertone to give you the best natural results based on the color and undertones of your skin. Tonya will choose the color that is perfect for you.

If you are having nipple tattooing alone, with no nipple reconstruction, Tonya will give your tattoo a three dimensional appearance.

How long does it last?

The results will last about 18 months.  Permanent make up is “semi” and client results will vary.  Commonly you will need a touchup at 1-2 years.  Generally the results are amazing but will depend on your own skin type, texture and oiliness. After care must be taken seriously!

How long does the procedure take?

Your procedure is broken up into two appointments – the first appointment and then 4 to 6 weeks later, a perfecting session.

What about after my treatment?

Aftercare will be discussed at your appointment, and you will leave with a complementary post-op bag with instructions and everything you need. Although you will not need to take time off from work, you should keep your recovery period and after care in mind when scheduling your procedure appointments around work, social, or travel plans.