Areola medical tattooing can 'create' an areola after breast reconstruction, minimize the appearance of scars, or restore an areola to a more natural looking colour and shape.
Why get a tattoo?
People consider having an areola tattoo for a variety of reasons, including to:
help them to feel more confident after breast cancer treatment
mark what they have been through and create something personal
cover or disguise a scar
When can I get a tattoo?
Before getting a tattoo your operation sites need to be completely healed. This may take up to a year but it can be longer. You should have also finished any chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment. Check with your treatment team if you’re considering getting a tattoo.
What happens when you get a tattoo?
A tattoo is a permanent mark on the skin made by ink or pigment. Dyes are injected using needles directly under the skin, piercing the skin over and over again until the tattoo is drawn. No local anaesthetic is given and the process can be slightly uncomfortable or completely pain free depending on the person.
What are the risks of getting a tattoo?
Tattoo artists should always use sterile equipment and fresh needles.
changing your mind – it’s possible to get tattoos removed but it’s expensive and can be very painful
the colour (pigment) fading – this can sometimes happen over time. It’s best to avoid swimming or sunbathing for two weeks after having a tattoo to reduce the likelihood of this happening. You can use sunscreen on your tattoo to help reduce fading
The tattooed area may be swollen and possibly red but this should go away over time. If any redness or swelling doesn’t go away and you develop a high temperature or feel feverish you may have an infection. If you think you have an infection contact your doctor as soon as possible as you may need a course of antibiotics.
How much will it cost?
Contact Shay Danielle directly to discuss the cost of your new areola tattoo. You can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org