AREOLA RESTORATION FAQ
Does it hurt?
Normally, the client does not feel any pain. Each case is different, though, and depending on your particular surgery, there may be some small amount of sensation, but it usually is minimal or mildly uncomfortable.
How long do I have to wait after surgery to have the procedure done?
We require a minimum of 6 months to pass after the date of your final surgery and/or nipple reconstruction.
I had nipple reconstruction… can I still get tattooed?
Yes, the reconstructed nipple and the area around it can still be tattooed, but follow-up visits may be needed to ensure adequate pigment retention in that area.
How long does the procedure take?
It typically takes 2 to 3 hours. This includes layout and pigment mixing. Unilateral clients can take slightly longer due to increased time mixing pigment and trying to match the existing areola color.
How long does it take for the tattoo area to heal?
Healing times can vary… usually, it takes 7-10 days. Some slight scabbing or skin flaking will occur, but this is normal. A thin coat of antibacterial ointment should be applied several times a day during the healing process. A small non-stick pad will be required for the first few days to avoid sticking to clothing. Washing the area once a day and thin coats of ointment are normally all that is required to get a good, well-healed result in 7-10 days.
How long will the tattoo last?
The tattoo will last a lifetime. Some slight fading may occur over many years but will be minimal. Normally we try to tattoo the area lighter rather than darker, so it’s possible that a touch-up visit may be required… remembering that we can always darken the area. Still, we can not lighten it before completion. Thus, lighter is always better than darker.
Do you have private rooms where the procedure is done?
You will have the place to yourself during your procedure. You are more than welcome to have someone in the office with you. For women, we will provide you with comfortable clothing if you choose. We have found that nursing nightgowns seem to give the client all the privacy they need rather than just a bra or hospital gown. This allows you to stay covered the whole time except for the area we are working on.
Can I use my insurance to pay for the procedure?
We are not health care providers and not able to bill insurance directly. We will provide you with an itemized receipt that some clients have submitted to insurance for reimbursement. We cannot guarantee that they will cover this, but we will help in any way we can. It is suggested that you check with your provider before your procedure to ensure this service is covered.
What about Areola Size and Color Adjustment?
The Areola Adjustment Procedure is an advanced permanent makeup procedure that corrects the color, size, and shape of the nipple.
An areola color can be darkened, balanced, or enhanced with tattooing. The process helps women who have discolored or lightened areolas after breastfeeding or patients who have had areola graft surgery.
Also, individuals who have not had breast surgery but are self-conscious about their areola color or size (too light or too small) may choose this procedure to adjust their appearance.