Areola Mastectomy Re-construction

Medical Cosmetic Tattooing... Finishing Touch for Breast Cancer Patients

Post mastectomy repigmentation of the nipple and areola is a well kept secret... but the word is slowly filtering through the medical community to the women who need it.

Cosmetic tattooing is also known as micro pigment implantation. Tattooing colour into the skin with varying shades of lighter and darker pigment produces the illusion of a 3 dimensional, natural areola and nipple. The magic of colour produces instant results and the patient  experiences the physiological euphoria of feeling normal and whole again.

The use of a Penn’s Triangle allows for precise measurement for proper positioning of the new areola(e). A prosthetic is then placed on the skin and outlined to allow the technician to create a precise pattern to follow. Usually after breast reconstruction, there is no feeling in the skin tissue and anesthetic is unnecessary, however, if needed, local anesthetic can be administered to completely numb the area being tattooed.

The colour of the areola will appear darker for the first week and will lighten from 15 to 40%. Colour must therefore be applied darker to compensate for this exfoliation. The true results will be evident within a month. Any colour adjustments if required can be done after this period. Although tattooing is considered permanent, pigment fades over the years and will most likely require a colour touch up every three to five years. Also, any scar tissue in the area being tattooed may require a second treatment as this tissue is thicker and may not accept pigment as readily as virgin tissue.

The cost of this para-medical procedure is deductable as a medical expense for income tax purposes.

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To learn more about the use of medical cosmetic procedures view the article Para-Medical Tattooing….. AREOLA Re-pigmentation. It was published in the April 2008 edition of B Magazine - Beauty & Beyond.