If one or both of your nipples were removed when you had a mastectomy, you might feel it necessary to recreate the nipple and the areola (the dark area around the nipple) through areola restoration, also known as nipple tattooing. For some, having their nipples reconstructed or tattooed is an important final step in the breast reconstruction process.
Plastic surgeons usually recommend waiting at least 3-4 months after a breast reconstruction surgery to have areola restoration. This will give your breasts time to heal and settle into a final position. It’s also best to wait until you’re fully satisfied with the rest of your reconstruction.
The areola restoration procedure involves real tattoos applied with needles that insert pigment into the skin. Our experienced nipple tattoo artist creates an amazingly realistic image of a nipple that appears to have a physical dimension but is really flat to the touch. In recent years, a growing number of breast cancer survivors have been opting for areola restoration through nipple tattoos instead of nipple reconstruction surgery. Areola restoration can also be done to enhance the results of nipple reconstruction surgery. Each procedure is customized to the individual’s desired outcome and anatomy. The pigments are color-matched to each patient, and the goal is to restore the breast’s natural appearance. You can view photo examples of areola restoration on our website.
Is Areola Restoration Painful?
Unlike a traditional tattoo, 3D tattooing is a comfortable, nearly pain-free procedure for women because the breasts are numb after a mastectomy. Aftercare and recovery are similar to a traditional tattoo with light coverage for a few days, and we provide our clients with detailed aftercare instructions.
Advantages of Areola Restoration
Some of the advantages of choosing the treatment alone are:
- Avoiding surgery and the creation of new scars
- An easier healing and recovery process
- Fine details and coloring are added to the nipple and areola that can’t be done with surgery.
- It distracts away from any scarring and leads the eye to a new focal point rather than just the scars across the breasts.
- Some women report an increase in intimacy due to restored self-confidence
- You can skip wearing a bra because your nipples don’t show through clothes
The professionals at Laguna Med Spa are here to guide you as you prepare to take this important final step in the breast reconstruction process. Contact us and schedule an areola restoration consultation if you are in Parker, CO, or the surrounding Denver metro areas.