Areola micropigmentation is a procedure performed by our trained Registered Nurses to enhance the natural appearance of the areola and nipple after breast surgery and reconstruction. For many clients it is described as the finishing touch or final completion step after a long journey. Sometimes this procedure can be overlooked or deemed unimportant, however the benefits can be far reaching often helping to restore body image, improving self-confidence and an overall sense of wellbeing.
Areola micropigmentation is achieved by blending pigments to match your natural skin tone or existing nipple and areola. It is however important for the client to understand that this is an art process and not an exact science every client heals differently depending on skin type and any existing scaring will influence the uptake and longevity of the areola micropigmentation.
The procedure usually involves three appointments. The first appointment being the initial consultation followed by two areola micropigmentation treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. During the initial consultation your Breast Care Nurse will go through your medical history, discussing risks and benefits of the procedure. Once consent has been given, pre-treatment photos will be taken then pigment colour, size and placement will be determined to suit your individual needs. Topical anaesthetic cream is provided for you to take home and apply two hours prior to your first areola micropigmentation treatment.
What’s involved in the treatment?
Areola micropigmentation is performed using a pen like device which delivers pigment via a fine cluster of needles. The procedure should not be painful as client’s sensation in this area has not yet generally fully restored after reconstruction. Some clients may experience mild discomfort, in which case further topical anaesthetic can be applied as needed. Each treatment procedure for areola micropigmentation takes approximately 60 to 90 minutes, however we tell all our clients to allow two hours per treatment so they don’t feel rushed or pressured.
The first stage of areola micropigmentation is placing the base pigment on, which allows us to assess how the pigment colour uptakes and heals over the next 4 to 6 weeks.
Please do not be worried if after the first treatment you notice any fading as this is normal. The colour fades and changes over the next few weeks. The second procedure is usually performed 4 to 6 weeks after the first treatment to allow for healing. Areola micropigmentation is a multi-treatment process that can take up to one year to see the final result.
Dressing care and post procedure advice is given after each treatment. We strongly recommend no swimming, or the use of either a spa or sauna for approximately three weeks after the procedure while healing is taking place. Clients are encouraged to contact THE CLINIC with any questions or concerns. We look forward to meeting you and helping restore your confidence.