Areola Repigmentation

What is Areola Tattooing?

Areola Tattooing is a specialty area of medical tattooing that requires advanced education, training, and experience. These procedures help improve the appearance and self esteem of women who have undergone breast surgery. Areola tattooing techniques can “create” an areola after breast reconstruction, minimize the appearance of scars, or restore an areola to a more natural looking color and shape. See Photos.

Why Areola Tattooing is important After Breast Surgery

The areola is part of the human breast. 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.  Areola tattooing provides the “finishing touch” after breast surgery. Patients feel the tattooing process helps them during the last part of their recovery to look complete and feel “whole” again.

Post-Surgical Areola Tattooing Techniques

  • 3D Areola-Nipple Simulation: This procedure is for patients who have had breast reconstruction after a mastectomy or lumpectomy. Cosmetic tattooing techniques and color pigments are used to create the appearance of an areola.

Is Areola Tattooing covered by insurance?

Federal law mandates that “complete” breast reconstruction due to breast cancer must be covered by all health insurance providers. View more at breastreconstruction.org.