AREOLA REPIGMENTATION

THE BASICS

Microblading uses micropigmentation (similar to a tattoo) to create perfect brows that last between one to three years. It may be used to fully reconstruct, define, cover gaps, or fill in brows that have been lost to over-tweezing or aging. Those who just want to add a slight arch are also great candidates. The process leaves your brows with an all-natural look that gradually fades over time. Your brow microblading technician will accentuate the bone structure of your brows and face to create pigmented brow areas that look completely natural. If you love the way your new-and-improved brows look — and we’re confident that you will — you can have them retouched as necessary.





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THE PROCESS

Every procedure begins with a complimentary and confidential consultation. Consultations and procedures are conducted in a discreet, personal and private setting. The consultation is a critical component in working with the individual needs of each client, as well as determining skin color, areola size, shape and pigments to be used for the most natural and realistic look.

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF AREOLA RECONSTRUCTION

What makes an individual feel "whole again" after a mastectomy is incredibly personal and individual. Some are comfortable going flat, others feel that reconstructed breast mounds are enough, while others seeking full reconstruction feel the process isn't complete without reconstruction of the areola, a defining focal point of the breast. Regardless of one’s personal choice, the client is under no pressure for this decision as the areola tattoo may be completed at any time after the physician’s approval. The purpose of the 3D Areola Repigmetation Procedure is to restore the natural appearance of your breasts after mastectomy or reconstructive surgery. The goal is to diffuse scarring, correct symmetry, and restore the areola and nipple, as closely and naturally as possible, to its pre-surgical color and appearance.

Areola reconstruction is an art and a science that utilizes multiple flesh tone pigments, the play of light and shadow. The result is a 3-dimensional, anatomically realistic appearance. If you're considering a 3D areola tattoo, inform your surgeon prior to reconstructive surgery. Since scars can affect the placement of the tattoos, your surgeon can have your future plans in mind when considering where incisions are made. Each nipple tattoo takes about an hour.

  • The areola area is numbed using a topical anesthetic to ensure clients’ comfort. Anesthetic may be reapplied during the procedure according to individual client needs.
  • Mapping: The location and size of the areola, is the primary objectives of the mapping process.
  • Markings are made on the breast to establish the treatment areas.
  • Pigments are selected to capture, light, dark and shade, recreating a very realistic areola. The procedure will require approximately 1-2 hours.
Please note: Individual results may vary and will require 4-6 weeks of healing time to determine full results. Healed results will be evaluated at the follow up appointment. At this time, it will be determined if a touch up is necessary to add more pigment to the area. Pigment retention is subject to the individual thickness and condition of one’s skin. The color retention, healing and the longevity of one’s result is subject to aftercare. The client is strongly advised to adhere to all aftercare instructions provided at the time of the consultation and procedure.
A second appointment is needed 4-12 weeks after your first treatment. This is usually a 30-60 minute visit. At the time of this evaluation, it may be determined that more pigment should be added to the area. As the breast tissue heals, areas may lose or fade color. Though everyone heals differently, this is very typical of the cosmetic tattooing process.
The retouch visit is necessary to a completed result and is included in the cost of your procedure.
Since The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA) of 1998, insurance companies are now required to cover the cost of mastectomies and to cover some or all of the procedures related to breast reconstruction. Clients can request that their areola repigmentation and nipple tattooing be covered by a tattoo artist. Here is a link to the US Department of Labor’s details on insurance coverage for women post breast cancer.