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Areola Scar Camouflage/ 3D Areola 

3D areola tattooing is a form of cosmetic tattooing that offers a sense of completion after breast reconstruction surgery for breast cancer survivors.  It involves the semi-permanent artistry of creating an areola and nipple which appear very realistic, offering the illusion of dimension on a flat surface. 

Performed by skilled medical tattoo artists, this technique requires a delicate blend of color and shadow to emulate the natural appearance of the nipple and the texture of an areola on the newly reconstructed breast. Though it's a semi-permanent procedure, its impact can be deeply lasting.

Who are the candidates:

Areola scar camouflage or 3D areola tattoo are for Breast surgery scars caused by breast surgeries below:

  • Breast cancer survivor (post-mastectomy scars )

  • Areola restoration

  • Subcutaneous mastectomy

  • Breast augmentation

  • Breast explant surgery 

  • Breast reconstruction

  • Breast lift surgery

  • Male chest reconstruction 

  • Keyhole top surgery 

  • Female to male surgery (FTM)


What to expect :

  1. Initially, a empathic consultation with Gina sets the tone of support and shared vision for the outcome. You will have pre drawn areola to ensure you are happy with the size, shape, color and placement 

  2. A topical anesthetic ensures your comfort, transforming the process into a tolerable experience . Preparation using topical numbing cream is about 30 mins. Tattooing itself is an 60 mins to 75 mins in average. In case of 3D areola we may tattoo without topical numbing, this will be discussed during your consultation. 

  3. Using different types tattoo needles, the camouflage tattoo specialist, Gina expertly matches pigment to your skin, dissolving the borders between scar and beauty.

  4. Areola scar camouflage is usually completed in 2-3 sessions , 6 weeks apart. 3D areola for breast cancer survivors , usually done in 2 sessions 10 weeks apart.

  5. As finishing up the tattooing process, you will review together. Then Tagederm ( waterproof clear tape ) will be applied to keep skin clean, and protect pigments , you will be asked to keep them on for 5 days unless you are allergic to the adhesives.

Areola Scar Camouflage Tattoo Transformations


I had Para medical tattoo training with Gina, took Stretchmarks In Depth Training !

I have been coming to Gina for my surgery scars , my areola looks much better after Areola scar camouflage tattoo !I feel so much more confident now that you have helped me with all my scars. Thank you for everything you did, not only being a wonderful mentor and a wonderful friend. Thank you

- Anna T. -

Burbank, CA

Different Types of Mastectomy Procedures for Breast Cancer

When it comes to mastectomy procedures, there are several options available. Let's explore them:

1. Total (Simple) Mastectomy: This procedure involves the removal of the entire breast, including the nipple, areola, and most of the overlying skin. It is a comprehensive approach to breast cancer treatment.

2. Modified Radical Mastectomy: In this procedure, the entire breast is removed, along with the nipple, areola, overlying skin, and the lining over the chest muscles. Some lymph nodes under the arm may also be removed as breast cancer tends to spread to these nodes. In certain cases, a portion of the chest wall muscle may be removed as well.

3. Radical Mastectomy: This traditional surgical method entails the removal of the entire breast, including the nipple, areola, overlying skin, lymph nodes under the arm, and the chest muscles beneath the breast. Although this approach was once standard, it is now rarely performed and typically reserved for cases where breast cancer has spread to the chest muscles.

4. Skin-Sparing Mastectomy: With this technique, the breast tissue, nipple, and areola are removed, while most of the skin over the breast is preserved. Skin-sparing mastectomy is often performed when immediate breast reconstruction is planned after the surgery. However, it may not be suitable for large tumors or those located close to the skin surface.

5. Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy: Similar to skin-sparing mastectomy, this approach involves the removal of all breast tissue, including the ducts leading to the nipple and areola. However, the skin of the nipple and areola are preserved. A pathologist carefully examines the tissues surrounding the nipple and areola to ensure no cancer cells are present. If the examination is clear, the nipple and areola can be preserved. Otherwise, this method is not recommended. Reconstruction is typically performed immediately following the mastectomy.

Cost, Availability, and Insurance Coverage

The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 has been a beacon of support, mandating insurance companies to cover all stages of postmastectomy reconstruction, including 3D areola tattooing. We can provide you with a receipt  you can submit to your insurance company, they might require referral letter from your doctor.

Availability of services may vary across different regions, so it's advisable to consult with your healthcare provider and insurance to understand your coverage and find experienced practitioners in your area.

After care for Your Areola Camouflage Tattoo or 3D Areola 

Just like any significant storytelling, the best outcomes require attention beyond the final full stop. Post-procedure care is vital in ensuring the longevity and success of your areola camouflage:

  • Keep the area pristine and dry, recommend not to get the treated are wet. 

  • It is recommended to keep Tagaderm on for 5 days, you can take a shower with it. 

  • Rinse the area with Dial antibacetrial soap and clean water, blot it out, air dry, apply the provided ointment ( Redemption )

  • No workout for 5 days 

  • Avoid tight or restrictive clothing that may rub against the treated area.

  • Refrain from swimming or soaking in a bathtub, sauna, swimming for at least 2 weeks.

  • Keep your hands clean and avoid touching the treated area without washing them first.

  • Don’t pick on scabbing that may occur

A follow-up appointment often marks the epilogue of your procedure, allowing for any minor tweaks to ensure the best outcome you envisioned.

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