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Nipple and areola enhancement are typically the final step in breast reconstruction. This treatment is a form of micropigmentation, or cosmetic tattooing.

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Nipple and areola enhancement are typically the final step in breast reconstruction. This treatment is a form of micropigmentation, or cosmetic tattooing.

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What to expect during nipple 3D tattooing

When having breast reconstruction, many people want their areola to match their new breast. You will discuss your vision with your surgeon and tattoo artist during your pre-treatment consultation.

During treatment, the tattoo artist will measure and outline your nipple area. Then, she will embed organic pigment beneath the skin to create a natural, permanent and beautiful nipple and areola.

Nipple and areola enhancement risk

Micropigmentation carries risks, including infection, allergic reaction, granulomas and keloid formations. Your aesthetician will talk with you about skin care after your treatment.

Certain products, including those containing aloe vera, Retin A or glycolic acid, can cause the tattoo to fade more quickly. In fact, the pigment will fade by about 50 percent after the first week of treatment and especially if you are fair-skinned, may require an annual touch-up.

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