Introduction to Areola Repigmentation:
Areola repigmentation is a nonsurgical procedure that is commonly performed following breast reconstruction surgery to recreate the appearance of the areola and nipple. Women who have lost all or part of their nipples and/or areolas after various breast surgeries will benefit emotionally and gain renewed confidence from dimensional areola tattooing.
Women who have had one or both breasts removed, those who have had reconstruction, women with loss of color or have scarring from a reduction or lift, are all candidates for areola tattooing.
Restoring the areola and nipple completes the aesthetic look of the reconstructed breast. Tattooing can also minimize or cover scarring from a mastectomy, lumpectomy or reconstructive surgery.
What to Expect:
Although areola tattooing requires an artistic eye and a skilled hand, it is a relatively simple procedure for the patient and requires no time off or extended convalescing. The process usually takes 2 hours or less for both breasts.
For the vast majority of women areola repigmentation is a painless procedure. If necessary, a topical anesthetic can be applied for several minutes prior to beginning the procedure to alleviate any discomfort. Those opting for areola tattooing can immediately go back to most of their regular activities following the appointment.
All health insurance policies are different. Check with your provider to see if this is a covered expense.