Areola Micropigmentation After Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Mostly popular amongst breast cancer patients, areola pigmentation is utilized to improve the nipple and areola complex’s visual appeal. This treatment can also be of great help to those who have undergone cosmetic breast surgeries, laser treatments, or anyone who is looking to enhance the shape and color of the areola. Read on for further details.

What is Areola Micropigmentation?

Areola pigmentation is a process in which pigment is deposited into the skin in order to draw the shape and color of an areola. Much like a tattoo process, the selected colors are injected using microneedles. However, both the machine and the pigments for this technique vary greatly with the device and pigment used in the traditional tattoo market.
Although areola micropigmentation is considered a kind of permanent makeup, it tends to fade over time. The good news, however, is that the needle for this method only goes as deep as reaching the dermis to implant pigment, meaning its non-invasive and less painful than a normal tattoo.

Benefits of Areola Pigmentation:

This technique is the perfect way to regain your self-confidence after a breast or nipple reconstruction. The gentle and sensitive manner of the procedure makes it easy to tolerate for all recovering patients.

For women, the technique results in a semi-permanent appearance an areola and nipple. This treatment is usually the last phase in the breast reconstruction process, and it is generally incredibly useful as it is the key piece in re-creating the image of the breasts. Other benefits can include improving aesthetic image through nipple enlargement, shaping, or changing colors, as well as covering up scars post-surgery. Those who deal with vitiligo (loss of color on skin), or fading color of areolas can also make us of this pigmentation method. In whichever case, this procedure has a great impact when it comes to improving body image and self-confidence.

How Does Areola Pigmentation Work?

A qualified practitioner performs the operation, which involves implanting semi-permanent color to the skin’s surface using small electronic equipment with a cluster of microscopic, disposable needles. The procedure takes around 30 minutes, and the pain is bearable. In fact, because numbing agents are used, you may only feel minor pinches—a far contrast from a traditional tattoo, which is much more painful.

What Factors Might Have an Impact on the Outcome of Areola Pigmentation?

Areola or nipple tattooing is a great way to get any lost confidence from that area back, however, results differ from one client to another. The factors below are determinants of how the treatment could work out for each individual:

  • Skin Type (dry, oily, combination, sensitive, thick/thin)
  • Skin damage (sun, scarring)
  • Healing abilities (some skins heal faster than others)
  • Medication (some blood-thinning medicine can affect the process)
  • Eating and drinking habits (excessive alcohol intake can have an impact on the treatment)

What to Expect from the Procedure?

You will be involved in determining the part of the breast to be treated as well as pigment color matching during your consultation. The area will be numbed using local anesthetic. The pigment is implanted into the skin using a pen-like device that vibrates to make miniature punctures in the skin.

The procedure for micro-pigmentation typically takes 30-40 minutes, depending on the needs of the person.

Following your treatment, you may experience minor swelling and redness, as well as a stretch in your skin. These effects will go away within a week after your appointment. OTPs and other medication/ointments will be recommended to you to ease the symptoms. You will notice a lighter shade of the implanted color once the scabs have fully recovered and fallen off from the tattooed region. The pigment in the tattoo will have settled after around a month, and the result will be the color of your areola.

Pre-care for Areola Micropigmentation:

Like any other micropigmentation and tattoo process, there are things you must avoid before areola tattoo:

  • Alcohol and caffeine thin the blood and can cause retention, so avoid them.
  • Blood thinners, such as Advil, should not be used as a pain reliever. These will result in bruises and poor color retention due to bleeding. Other blood thinning supplements (such as those oil) are not good for this process either. Consult with your doctor before discontinuing any medication or care.
  • Before your appointment, avoid any facial treatments or cosmetic surgery. Any past medical treatments should have left you completely recovered.
  • Shower before the session, as you won’t be able to do so after.

Consult with your physician before undergoing areola pigmentation after your mastectomy or other surgeries.


After-care for Areola Pigmentation:

  • While your skin heals, avoid using harsh products or applying cosmetics to the affected area. Scratching or picking at the treated area will aggravate the swelling and may even harm the final result.
  • Laser, spa treatments, sunbathing, and solar tans should be avoided.
  • Exercise (or any activity that causes you to sweat excessively) should be avoided because it can fade the color of your skin.
  • After your session, do not swim or take long hot showers.
  • Do not sleep on your stomach.

Areola Pigmentation at Royal Retreat Spa:

Areola Pigmentation is presented at its finest in Royal Retreat Spa. True to her brand, Paris Faraji has only the best machines, products, and specialists available to give you your self-esteem back.

This process is a sensitive one and must be done with utmost care. Our loyal customers around the UAE know that we put a lot of time and effort into understanding our clients’ needs and providing them with the best result.

Our well-trained technicians are fully familiar with how pigments work, and have experience in tattooing and shadowing the areola region of the breast to achieve the most realistic outcome.

If you are looking for areola pigmentation in Dubai, Royal Retreat Spa won’t let you down!

Final Takeaway about Areola Micropigmentation:

This PMU technique will recolor or redraw the areola in the most natural way possible, although it is important to find experienced well-trained specialists in the field. The goal is to improve the breast’s cosmetic appearance after a surgery that has resulted in scars, uneven shape or color of areola/nipples, as well as the removal of the areola. Under any of these cases, you are the perfect candidate for this method.



How long does the areola tattoo last?

Around three to five years. This depends on the pigment quality, as well as the individual’s skin.


Can I get an areola tattoo after a mastectomy?

It is good to wait minimum of 6 months, but after that, it should be ok.

How long does it take to heal?
The healing happens in around 30 days, after which there is no redness or swelling. However, your final results will be visible 4 weeks after the treatment.

Is an areola tattoo the same as a traditional tattoo?

This treatment is more delicate, uses different medically-approved pigments and machines, and creates a 3D-like image of the nipple/areola area.

Does the process hurt?

The pain is very minimal, as strong numbing creams are used beforehand.

Does areola pigmentation look natural?

It is important to find specialists that are experienced and can use the right blend of pigments, shadowing, and drawing skills to make it look realistic. In this case, the final result will be very close to a natural areola.

How much does areola pigmentation cost?

The costs for areola pigmentation depend on the technician and the place you get it done at. Make sure you invest in a good and well-reviewed institution. Contact Royal Retreat Spa for our price info for the treatment. Book a consultation with Mrs. Paris Faraji to know more details.