Areola Micropigmentation 

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Nipple Tattoo

Nipple Tattoos to either improve existing nipples in shape & colour or to recreate an entirely new nipple post breast cancer treatment

Nipple tattooing has 2 major application cases. First is complete nipple reconstruction, for someone who has lost nipples or areolas in breast cancer treatment called Mastectomy. Breast cancer surgery can be a traumatic experience, and the loss of the areola can be a constant reminder of the cancer and its treatment. Areola micropigmentation can help women feel more feminine and attractive, and can even help them feel more comfortable with intimacy. If they decide to undergo breast reconstruction, Nipple or Areola tattooing could be the best way to restore and complete the appearance of the natural breast.

Another benefit of areola micropigmentation is that it can help women who have asymmetrical or uneven areolas. This can be caused by a variety of factors, including breast surgery, breastfeeding, and genetics. Areola micropigmentation can create a more symmetrical and balanced nipple appearance, nipple tattoo helping women feel more confident and comfortable in their bodies. People may want to go for nipple enlargement or colour enhancement / lightning post sex change, to identify as a woman. Also, in the case where women go for breast enlargement or reduction surgeries, the overall shape of nipples may go haywire and the skin around nipples may be irregular or scarred and become a cause for concern in personal life and body confidence. Some women fancy more floral-coloured nipples instead of dark nipples, just like lips and they do it for more confidence in the moments of intimacy.

Here at The BrowMaster studio in Mumbai we have worked on many such cases for beautification of Nipples / Areolas. Nipples are an important part of one’s personal life. Not having confidence in our bodies can affect the quality of our / our partner’s life and experience. We help our patients by improving the appearance of their nipples by lending them a good symmetric shape and also improving their colour to be more pinkish or lighter. We also provide complete reconstruction for men and women who have one or both missing nipples. We work with transgenders and help them with gender affirmation treatments by medical tattooing in breast & reconstructed penis i.e. phalloplasty cases by lending them a more natural appearance. We are internationally trained and certified in the field of cosmetic paramedical micropigmentation exclusively covering the skills to create beautiful natural looking 3D areola nipple tattoos.

Non-invasive: Areola tattooing is a non-invasive procedure that does not require surgery or general anesthesia. This can be a good option for those who do not want to undergo a more invasive procedure or who are not good candidates for surgery due to medical reasons.

Less downtime: Areola tattooing generally has a shorter recovery time than surgical reconstruction. Patients can usually return to their normal activities within a few days after the procedure.

Lower cost: Areola tattooing is generally less expensive than surgical reconstruction. This can be a good option for those who want to improve the appearance of their areolas or nipples but cannot afford the cost of surgery.

Customizable: Areola tattooing allows for a high degree of customization in terms of color, shape, and size. This can help patients achieve a more natural and realistic appearance.

Less scarring: Areola tattooing does not involve making incisions or removing tissue, so there is less risk of scarring than with surgical reconstruction.
That being said, every patient is different, and the best option will depend on individual goals, preferences, and medical history. It’s important to discuss all of your options with a qualified professional to determine which approach is right for you.

Areola micropigmentation is a specialised cosmetic tattooing technique that involves the use of a small needle to deposit pigment into the superficial layers of the skin. Numbing of the skin is done beforehand so that the discomfort is minimised. This is typically done using a device called a tattoo machine or pen, which is designed specifically for soft micropigmentation procedures.


You are required to arrive wearing loose fitting airy clean cotton clothes and a loose cotton bra on the day of appointment.


The procedure typically takes about 2 – 3 hours to complete where the technician will first design the shape & position of the nipple and take your approval on the same, they also discuss the right colour that can blend naturally with your skin.  although the exact time may vary depending on the size and complexity of the areola being tattooed. 


During the procedure, the technician will use the tattoo machine to carefully deposit the pigment into the skin in a series of small, controlled strokes. The technician may also use a variety of shading and blending techniques to create a natural-looking result. After the procedure, the patient may experience some swelling, redness, or tenderness in the treated area. These symptoms typically resolve within a few days, and most patients are able to resume normal activities within a week. It is important to avoid exposing the treated area to excessive heat, water, or sunlight for at least 2 weeks following the procedure.


The healing process for areola micropigmentation typically takes 2-4 weeks, during which time the pigment will gradually settle into the skin and the treated area will begin to look more natural. Patients are advised to avoid scratching or picking at the treated area during this time, as this can interfere with the healing process and may lead to scarring or discoloration.


For best results, 1 -2 follow up sessions of retouching & perfecting may be advised after 30 -40 days of initial appointment


Areola micropigmentation is generally considered a safe procedure when performed by a trained and experienced professional using proper sanitation and safety protocols. However, as with any cosmetic procedure, there are potential risks and complications to be aware of.
Some possible risks of areola micropigmentation include infection, allergic reaction, scarring, and discoloration. To minimise these risks, it’s important to choose a qualified and experienced professional who follows strict sanitation and safety protocols, and to follow all post-care instructions carefully.

In addition, it’s important to disclose any medical conditions or medications you are taking to the professional before undergoing the procedure. Some conditions or medications may increase the risk of complications or interfere with the healing process.

Here are some tips for selecting a qualified and experienced professional:
Research their credentials: Look for a professional who is licensed and certified in micropigmentation or cosmetic tattooing. They should have training and experience specifically in areola micropigmentation.


Check their portfolio: Look at their portfolio of before-and-after photos to see the quality of their work and ensure that their style aligns with your goals. You can also read reviews from previous clients to get an idea of their overall experience.
Schedule a consultation: Schedule a consultation with the professional to discuss your goals, expectations, and any concerns you may have. This is also a good opportunity to ask about their training, experience, and approach to the procedure.
Look for a clean and safe environment: The professional’s workspace should be clean and well-maintained, and they should follow strict sanitation and safety protocols to minimise the risk of infection or other complications.
Trust your instincts: It’s important to feel comfortable and confident with the professional you choose. If something doesn’t feel right or you have any doubts, it’s okay to look for another professional who better meets your needs.

By following these tips and doing your research, you can find a qualified and experienced professional who can help you achieve the results you desire with areola micropigmentation.

Nipple reconstruction is a surgical procedure to create a raised nipple however it is limited to raising the skin. It does not lend the necessary colour circle gradient which makes a proper areola and thus it must be followed by areola tattooing. A 3D areola tattooing can create the impression of raised nipples by pure artistic technique. You may completely skip the surgical reconstruction and achieve similar visual effects with just skilled tattooing. However if you wish that the nipple should actually be raised above skin for the touch and its physical dimensions, you may go for surgical reconstruction as well as areola tattooing.

In the normal scenario with no surgeries near the breast area, you may plan it anytime, however in the case of surgeries, a healing period of 3 – 5 months is advisable for the surgery scars to heal completely on their own first, retouching an unhealed area may lead to compromised outcomes and further scarring. Hence its best to be patient, let the skin rest, settle down completely post-surgery and then plan your cosmetic tattoo to have the best & long lasting results.

For mastectomy cases, you may not be having much sensation in the area. We can apply a topical numbing cream to further dial down sensation in the area. Most people only feel mild vibrating pressure in the tattoo. You can break down your procedures in two or more sessions at the gap of 40-50 days in case you start to feel much discomfort. The procedure can take 1.5 to 3 hours depending upon the size and detailing created by your tattooist.

After the tattooing is done, your aesthetician will give a set of simple care instructions that need to be followed for 7 – 10 days. There won’t be much discomfort in the body once the procedure is done, just some sensitivity upon touching which will also subside in 3-6 days. Of Course you need to keep the area dry and avoid soaking or swimming for a week’s time. Although the areola tattoo looks very beautiful right after the procedure, it’s usually not the final healed look. You need to wait for 25 – 40 days to realise how your nipples are looking. You may or may not feel the need for another round of touch up to further enhance or perfect your tattoo up to your desired liking.

The results of areola micropigmentation can last for several years, although the exact duration will depend on factors such as the patient’s skin type, lifestyle, and exposure to sunlight. Over time, the pigment may fade or lose its vibrancy, and some patients may require touch-up treatments to maintain the desired appearance.
The need for touch-up treatments will vary depending on the individual patient and the quality of the original treatment. Some patients may require touch-ups every 1-2 years, while others may be able to go several years without needing a touch-up. The technician may provide personalized recommendations for touch-up treatments based on the patient’s individual needs and goals.

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