Want to know more about 3D-areola reconstruction following simple mastectomy, radical or partial mastectomy?
What is 3D areola Reconstruction?
This simple but effective treatment restores colour back to the areola (the area around the nipple).
This technique will help achieve symmetry and a more natural result – the finishing touch your breast reconstruction.
Why should I have 3D areola Reconstruction?
The choice to have nipple-areola tattooing is yours. I created a truly 3 Dimensional technique to improve the cosmetic appearance of the breast by creating, as closely as possible, a areola that matches the existing nipple, or for double mastectomies creating both areola’s the colour of your choice.
This treatment will help improve your body image and boost your self-esteem.
How can I prepare for 3D areola reconstruction?
You will need to make sure that the area is fully healed following surgery. You will need to have a clean bra and breast pads for a few days following the treatment.
You will be required to have before and after pictures taken and to fill out a medical history form to be sure that there are no contra indications prior to the treatment.
Are there any risks?
Not achieving exact colour match after the first appointment, follow appointment up will be required.
Uneven pigment colour through scar tissue.
Infection post-procedure if instructions are not followed.
Slight skin irritation after the treatment.
Bleeding – a small amount from the needle puncturing skin.
Are there any alternatives?
Silicone nipple-areola prostheses can be used, speak with your GP about how to obtain these.
What happens during 3D areola reconstruction?
I will discuss the colour and size and shape with you and an outline of the areola will be drawn on with the pigment. When you are happy with the colour and size the I will apply the pigment to the skin using a small pen-like device.
The pigment will be inserted into the skin with needles in the pen-like device: they move very fast and enter the skin at a depth of 1-2mm.
There are several artistic techniques which will use to build up colour and to give the ‘illusion of protrusion’ for patients who need a 3D effect.
The procedure will take approximately 1 hr to complete but can vary with each individual and skin type.
A non-stick dressing will then be applied to the area to prevent rubbing from your bra.
Will I feel any pain?
Due to the breast reconstruction, the area to be tattooed is usually numb so no pain will be felt.
If the area has sensation, a numbing cream can be applied to the area before the procedure is carried out.
Will I have a follow-up appointment?
You will require a follow-up six to eight weeks after the initial treatment. Following an assessment the nurse will discuss with you if further pigment is necessary. It is usual to require two treatments as the colour will fade over time and a further procedure may be required to achieve and maintain desired colour.
As the tattoo fades over time, you can come back for a colour renewal.