Areolar Tattooing (Post Breast Reconstruction)

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Intradermal colouration

After all the surgery of a breast reconstruction is completed (this may include a nipple reconstruction and/or surgery to the other breast to make it match the new breast better), your doctor may suggest that you have a procedure to introduce some colour to the nipple and/or its surrounds (the areola).

This process may involve intradermal colouration – otherwise known as tattooing. Natural-looking pigments are used, so don’t worry, you won’t end up with a fluoro-green nipple!

What to expect during and after the procedure

After your surgery, the nipple area is often quite numb, but some sensation may return over time. A local anaesthetic (a numbing injection) is used prior to the tattooing.  This also constricts blood vessels to reduce bleeding.  This allows better uptake of the colour.

The nipple/areola area is tattooed using a colour which matches, as well as possible, the areolar complex on the opposite side.

The tattooed areola will look darker, than when it will settle, immediately after the procedure. A dressing is applied which may be removed at the next shower. A new dressing or shield to protect your bra from spotting may be required for a couple of days.

A light scaliness or scabbiness will form and may last for a week or two.

The colour will settle and fade over about 3 weeks, after which time it will be reassessed and a top-up of colour performed as required.

The tattoo pigment will fade over time and a future addition of colour can be arranged when indicated.

Most women find that this procedure puts the final touch to their new breast.

What to expect during a consultation

  1. Consultations are personal and confidential.
  2. Depending on the treatment you are interested in we will ask you some questions to ensure that you are safe to proceed
  3. We discuss your areas of concern with you and advise you of the most appropriate treatments for you
  4. Our fully qualified staff will answer all of your questions and arrange with you, your treatment plan