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october 2023 areola special
In the month of October 2023
we are offering 5 complimentary
areola tattooing sessions!
Qualified applicants have completed
the healing process and
are ready to move on to tattooing.
STUDIO STL SEGMENT
what to expect
What is a realistic areola and nipple re-pigmentation?
It is a realistic permanent tattoo of a nipple and areola on your breast. The tattoo will help recreate a natural-looking nipple and areola to complete your breast reconstruction. Realistic nipple and areola tattoos can be created from scratch whether there has been nipple reconstruction or not. In the case of a uni-lateral mastectomy, the existing nipple and areola can be matched with the hyper realistic tattoo. Corrections can also be made in the event that there is pigment loss or scarring left behind from a breast lift, augmentation, or other surgery.
What should I expect during nipple tattooing consultation?
As part of their breast reconstruction, many patients want their areola to match their new breast. You'll discuss your vision with your tattoo artist during your pre-treatment consultation. During treatment, the tattoo artist will measure and outline the nipple area. Then, she will embed pigment beneath the epidermal layer to create a natural, realistic-looking areola and nipple tattoo.
Plastic surgeons usually recommend waiting at least four months after breast reconstruction surgery to have nipple reconstruction or nipple tattoos. This will give your breasts time to heal and settle into their final position. It’s best to wait until you’re fully satisfied with the rest of your reconstruction before beginning the tattooing process.
How long does it take?
Plan for approximately two hours. Determining size, placement and
color take as long as the tattooing.
How long will they take to heal?
Generally tattoos take 2 weeks to heal. However, everyone is different. Some can heal within 10 days, while others may take up to a month.
In some cases, cellular turnover can take up to 8 weeks.
How should I take care of them?
You will want to leave your bandages on for at least 6 hours, up to overnight. When you remove the bandages, wash your tattoo with a gentle soap and water, pat dry with a paper towel and air out for as
long as you can. (Min of a half hour up to a hour.) When you have to
cover them, wear cotton.
Try to avoid a bra for the first couple days. They will weep clear,
sticky blood plasma. You can blot them with a paper towel as needed. After a couple days, when the weeping has stopped, rub in a little bit
of unscented lotion once or twice a day.
Keep them clean and dry.
No picking or scratching. Wear seamless cotton bras.
Does it hurt?
Usually, no. You will feel pressure,
and if you’ve had a non-cancer breast reconstruct,
it may have more sensation, but the pain is generally minimal.
When will I need a touch-up?
Many patients do not require touch ups. However, we do recommend at least one follow up visit to ensure that the tattoo healed properly and the color is saturated appropriately. This is especially important when
tattooing on scar tissue. A follow up will also ensure that you,
as the client, are completely satisfied.