Areola Repigmentation

There are a couple of common reasons someone may want an areola repigmentation procedure. It can be to treat a scar post-surgery, improve nipple color and shape or reconstruct the appearance of a nipple completely.

Areola/Nipple Simulation

This procedure is for patients post breast reconstruction, after a mastectomy or lumpectomy. This procedure uses a cosmetic tattoo technique, that should only be applied by a trained professional, using a skin-colored pigment to create the appearance of an areola.  

Areola size or color adjustment

The color of an areola can be adjusted or improved with a similar process. Some women may have a change in areola color for many reasons, it could be something you are born with, post breastfeeding, or post-surgery. The size of an areola can also be adjusted.  

Areola scar camouflage

Breast enhancement procedures are about as common as buying a new car and many of them require an incision around the areola to place the implant. Because of this incision area, a scar may appear as a round circle surrounding the nipple. A scar’s appearance can be softened, blended, or reduced by tattooing the areola scar using corrective pigment camouflage techniques.

Results from Alicia Shapira at New Image Beauty Bar

  It is important to only see a trained professional who has experience treating these issues, as the areola is a very sensitive part of the body and if not done properly can cause infections or problems for the patient.   For more information feel free to contact us at New Image Beauty Bar!   📞 (954) 774-5087 📍4376 north Suite road 7 Suite #127, Coral Springs, Florida  @newimagebeautybar

Areola Repigmentation: Am I A Candidate?

Areola Repigmentation is one of the easiest procedures to perform. Many technicians say that it is much simpler than performing a full lip color application. Lip procedures can pose challenges such as blue undertones, uneven pigmentation, herpetic outbreaks, and excessive bleeding are some of the complications of a full lip color application. We feel that areola repigmentation, whether it is just inserting pigment around the white rings around the areola to conceal a light scar to rebuilding a complete areola and nipple coloration, is less problematic than performing a full lip color application. Breast cancer patients need to be in the right frame of mind when going through the areola repigmentation process. They will look better and feel better about themselves when they can look in a mirror with confidence and see a breast that looks somewhat normal. Here are some statistics:
  • 12% of women alive today will develop breast cancer.
  • Every 2-½ minutes a woman will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Over 200,000 new cases of Breast Cancer will be diagnosed this year.
  • About 75% of women elect to begin reconstruction when their mastectomy is performed.
  • 63.3% of cancer survivors lived 5 or more years following diagnoses and roughly 10% lived 25 years or more.
  • 61,000 new cases of ductal carcinoma in situ will be diagnosed in 2016, which is the most common type of non-invasive breast cancer in women.
  • Approximately 20%-30% of breast cancers that are detected by mammograms are carcinoma in situ
  • Less than 15% of cancer survivors received psychological support.
You may qualify for Areola repigmentation if you have been through one, or more of the following types of breast surgery: Lumpectomy: a simple procedure to remove a lump or tumor mass. Partial mastectomy: 2.5 to 7.5cm of tumor mass and surrounding tissue removed. Subcutaneous mastectomy: removal of all breast tissue except for the skin, areola and nipple that are left alone. Simple mastectomy: the removal of the breast but leaving the lymph nodes. Modified radical mastectomy: the total removal of the breast and partial lymph nodes. Radical mastectomy: total removal of the breast, lymph nodes, pectoral muscles, adjoining fat and fascia. Extended radical mastectomy: this is the same procedure as the radical mastectomy along with the removal of parasternal lymph nodes. Breast Implants You can however, (as long as the skin is healed around the areola) create a semi-permanent Areola while the breast tissue is healing and the relaxation process is taking place. Just make sure to ask if the implant is under or over the muscle. If the implant is ‘OVER’ the muscle you can puncture the implant if you place the needle too deep into the dermis. Sometimes the skin is so thin it seems that if you just touch the skin with your fingers it will burst! Alicia starts by drawing the areola to closely match the shape and size you are comfortable with. Need for These Services With all of the breast cancer patients now having the option for Areola Repigmentation, this advancing field is growing faster than any of the other tattooing fields. You can work in concert with physicians or in your own studio or clinic. One of the most rewarding feelings you can have is when you help a patient feel whole again. Remember that men as well as women have the need for these services. If you would like more information on our Areola Repigmentation class, or Areola Repigmentation procedure, please call or text Alicia Shapira at 954-774-5087. Private messages on Facebook are accepted as well.

When a Tragedy becomes Beautiful: 3D Areola Tattooing

Here at New Image Beauty Bar, Alicia Shapira performs a wonderful service for those who have suffered from breast cancer, for free: 3D Areola Tattooing. After breast cancer reconstruction, 3D Areola tattoos can help restore a sense of wholeness and self. Using her learned ability, Alicia creates a natural 3D nipple, or nipples, to complement skin tones and breast size. 3D Areola Tattooing is a highly specialized technique of tattooing used give the visual illusion of a three dimensional nipple. Additionally, areola re-pigmentation restores the natural looking color and shape of an areola after breast reconstruction. 3D nipple tattooing can be done in place of surgical nipple reconstruction giving the illusion of a real existing nipple, using techniques of light and shadow. This procedure is also done in conjunction with nipple reconstruction to return natural color, as well as improving symmetry in the nipples. Below are answers to common questions we have been asked about 3D nipple tattoo and areola re-pigmentation, but please feel free to contact Alicia directly for additional answers to your specific questions. If you or anyone you know can benefit from this procedure, please pass it along. Our goal is for women to gain awareness and recognize that there is a way to feel your normal beautiful again when you look in the mirror. Q&A: Q: What is 3D nipple and areola tattooing? A: This procedure is a highly specialized practice of tattooing that restores the natural looking color and shape of a nipple and areola after breast reconstruction. This can be done in conjunction with surgical nipple reconstruction. If there is no nipple, a 3D dimensional nipple can be created with light and shadow, to give the “illusion of protrusion”. Q: What is the process? A: Pigment is implanted into the skin between the epidermis and the dermis, generally using the same equipment used for body art tattoos. The skin heals over the pigment and a soft natural areola/nipple is created. Q: Why areola or 3D nipple tattooing? A: Most women who choose areola restoration, or nipple tattooing, do so because they do not want to undergo any more major surgeries. Others find the nipple reconstruction they had done, has flattened out and is no longer dimensional. Many find it helps to return a sense of normalcy and femininity to their body. Q: Does it hurt? A: Most clients are surprised to find tattooing quite tolerable. It is a superficial process, and afterward it is just a bit sore, like a minor sunburn for 2-3 days. Ways to minimize discomfort will be explained to you during your appointment. Q: Is 3D nipple tattooing safe? A: Yes, 3d nipple/areola tattooing is very safe. Single-use disposable needles and pigments, along with regular hand washing and glove changing are part of high standards of clean protocols. Post procedural instructions, if followed carefully, also ensure a safe procedure. Q: Can I bring my friends or significant other to the appointment? A: Yes, we highly encourage it. Q: Is there anything I need to do before my appointment?
  • Avoid alcohol for at least 2 days before your appointment
  • Have a good breakfast and minimize the caffeine the day of procedure
  • Wear comfortable clothing including a shirt, sweater, or hoodie that opens in the front and that is ok if pigment gets on it
  • Do not stop regular meds without consulting your doctor, but avoid any aspirin or blood thinners
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