The Areola Restoration Procedure is an advanced permanent makeup procedure to correct the color, size and shape of the nipple. This procedure is often considered the last step after major breast related surgeries including, breast reduction, mastectomies, breast reconstruction, and breast implants. Such procedures often result in imperfections in the areola or a complete removal of the nipple. This procedure gives women, and men, the choice of shape, size and color of the areola and recreates perfectly symmetrical and naturally colored nipples.
For patients who have had their nipple removed through surgery, this procedures uses pigments and tints, to create an illusion of nipple protrusion with a realistic areola on a breast mound without additional the surgery. We can achieve a closer color match on a grafted areola, create symmetry, and diffuse the circular scar.
This procedure is also beneficial to clients who simply have irregular or fading areolas, or prefer larger areolas following breast augmentation. This procedure is also available to men who wish to enhance the appearance of their areolas due to fading, or to increase their size.
As with all of our permanent makeup procedures, color selection is a critical step. Color selection requires an artistic eye that combines proper technique with years of field experience. Each individual’s natural skin tones are evaluated, as well as the natural pigmentations of the existing areolas. Within weeks of the procedure, the color will lighten and soften as skin heals over the pigmented area.
At each location, this procedure is performed in a sterile surgical environment. The clients comfort and safety is always a priority. Each procedure starts with a consultation. The purpose of the consultation is to understand the each individuals objectives and to evaluate each patient’s current condition. If breast surgery or rec-construction had been performed, the existing scars will be closely evaluated to ensure that they are mature enough prior to applying pigmentation. This is critical in reducing the risk of infection and improve color retention. It is also recommended that each patient consults with their surgeon to determine their readiness for this procedure.
Once the patient is ready to have the pigment applied, the area is numbed with an anesthetic cream to make it as comfortable as possible. For patents sensitive to pain, higher levels of apathetic can be administered by a doctor who is on staff at each location.
Once the pigment is applied the main healing time may take 5-7 days with the most uncomfortable sensations in the first 24 hours. You may have ongoing flaking and a tight feeling to the skin for 2-3 weeks. Each patient will receive detailed aftercare instructions for best healed results.