Areola & Nipple Repigmentation

Areola and nipple re-pigmentation is a specialty field of paramedical tattooing.  The procedure helps improve the appearance and self-esteem of people who have undergone breast surgeries such as mastectomies, augmentations, reductions and lifts.  It is also helpful for those who have concerns about irregular-shaped, discoloured or scarred areolas. Alanna is an expert in areola restoration and nipple re-pigmentation with natural-looking results.  Vancouver’s top plastic surgeons and doctors recommend her for areola and nipple restoration, scar camouflage and other paramedical tattooing procedures.

After your surgery the finishing touch

Alanna has the artistic ability to restore and replicate natural-looking areola’s and takes into consideration of the areola position and breast contour.  She has the technique to tattoo a 3-D nipple by creating the illusion of a nipple protrusion for those who do not have a nipple.  She also factors in the diffusion of colour on the patients’ individuals skin tone. Colour may seem dark at first but colour softens within the first few weeks. Alanna has experience with all different skin tones and ethnicities.

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What is Micro-pigmentation?

Micro-pigmentation is a procedure used to apply microinsertions of natural pigments into the dermal layer of the skin. The aim of areola and nipple micro-pigmentation is to improve the aesthetic appearance of the breast.


Who Will Benefit from the Micro-pigmentation Procedure?

This procedure is designed for people who have experienced injury, burns, breast reconstruction following mastectomy, breast augmentation or reduction:

To create a permanent image of an areola

To improve the appearance of the nipple

To reduce the appearance of scarring

To help increase your sense of well being by addressing your aesthetic concern post-surgery or injury.

Ask your surgeon if you are a candidate for this procedure.

How Long Does It Take?

Most people require one to three treatments. Yearly follow-up treatments may be desired to maintain the pigment colour, which may fade over time because it is a natural pigment and not ink.


What Factors May Affect the Result?

The result of micro-pigmentation is partly determined by individual skin type, but can also be affected by:

Natural skin overtones (colour)

Skin characteristics (dryness, oiliness, sun damage, acidity)


Lifestyle factors, such as alcohol or smoking

Individual healing ability


What is the Procedure for Micro-pigmentation?

After consultation with your surgeon to determine if this procedure is appropriate for you, you will meet with Alanna Lane, a Certified Micro-pigmentation Technician for your initial consultation.

During Your Initial Consultation Alanna will:

Assess the unique characteristics of the area to be treated

Discuss clear outcomes based on your goals and factors that may affect the result

Discuss pigment colour to match existing areola and nipple or determine appropriate colour if the reconstruction is bilateral

Decide if a procedure to reduce existing scarring should be introduced before the pigmentation step


Follow – Up

One month post-procedure the area will be assessed and further pigment may be applied if necessary.

Yearly follow-up treatments may be desired to maintain pigment colour which may fade over time because it is a natural pigment, not an ink.

Although 100% success cannot be guaranteed, the end result will be most successful when you clearly discussed your goals, expectations and the factors that affect the outcome.

Most people require one to three treatments.


A pigment colour will be customized as discussed in consultation

The pigment is applied with an electronic pen that uses needles to implant colour. These needles are sterile and disposable

The Micro-pigmentation Technician will then guide the pen along the skin, gradually building up the colour effect

Some tingling and discomfort can be expected but the procedure should not be painful. A topical anesthetic or injection by a doctor will be applied if necessary

When the procedure is finished, a dressing will be applied over the area

An aftercare instruction package will be provided.


Future MRI and CT Scans

It is important to inform your CT and/or MRI technician that you have had micro-pigmentation treatments so that they can assess your risk for the side effects. Reported side effects include increased potential for burns on the treated skin.

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