Areola tattooing, sometimes called 3D nipple tattooing or areola micropigmentation, is a non-surgical procedure where the illusion of a 3-dimensional areola and nipple are created through a specialized tattoo. This quick and nearly painless procedure uses a variety of advanced micro-pigmented techniques to create a natural looking final result.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Please carefully review and read through our frequently asked questions below.
There will be no refunds on the day of the appointment for reasons stated in our Cancellations and Rescheduling Policy.
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IS AREOLA TATTOOING SAFE?
Definitely. Areola tattooing is as safe as any other tattooing process. Choosing an artist who uses safe sterilization and hygiene practices keeps the risk of infection extremely low. Reactions to ink are very rare but can occur. The primary culprit is most commonly red ink. Since a nipple tattoo is done with colors that are similar to skin tone, there is little to no risk of a reaction.
DOES AREOLA TATTOOING HURT?
We do our best to make the areola tattooing process as painless as possible. Depending on your particular surgery, there may be some small amount of sensation, but it usually is minimal or mildly uncomfortable. In most cases, our clients do not feel any pain.
IS AREOLA TATTOOING A GOOD CHOICE FOR ME?
Breast, areola, and nipple tattoos are for anyone seeking to improve their overall breast appearance and 10x their confidence.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MRIs IF I GET AN AREOLA TATTOO?
Some people may have swelling or burning around the tattoo area when they have magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), although this happens rarely and does not last long. Let your health care professional know that you have a 3D nipple tattoo before they order an MRI for you.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT AFTER SURGERY TO HAVE AREOLA TATTOOING DONE?
We require you to heal for a minimum of 4 months from the date of your final surgery and/or nipple reconstruction before we start tattooing.
I HAD NIPPLE RECONSTRUCTION. CAN I STILL GET A NIPPLE TATTOO?
Yes, although there are occasions when the pigment does not take well on the reconstructed nipple. The reconstructed nipple and the area around it can still be tattooed, but follow-up visits may be needed to ensure adequate pigment retention in that area.
HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?
The entire appointment for both bilateral and unilateral breast tattoos typically takes up to 2 hours. This includes numbing, layout, and pigment color selection.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO A AREOLA TATTOO APPOINTMENT?
We recommend wearing a top that you can easily take on and off. To avoid transferring ink to your clothing, we will remove your top only, at which point we drape you with a paper vest. At the end of the service, the tattooed area is covered with a medical pad or clear bandage (unless you have a tape/adhesive allergy). Wearing a bra is optional but not required.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR THE TATTOO AREA TO HEAL?
Healing times can vary. Typically, it takes 7-10 days. Slight scabbing or skin flaking will occur, but this is normal.
A thin coat of ointment may be applied as needed during the healing process. A small non-stick pad or bandage will be required for the first few days to avoid sticking to clothing. Washing the area once a day and applying the ointment is normally all that is required to get a beautiful, well-healed result in 7-10 days.
HOW MANY SESSIONS ARE REQUIRED?
One session is all that is required, but additional visit may be necessary to complete areola tattooing process. Even if scars are not visible, the breast tissue has been compromised, and we consider the entire area to be scarred. Tattooing over scars is unpredictable. Your technician will discuss this in detail with you during your visit.
HOW LONG WILL AN AREOLA TATTOO LAST?
While a tattoo is generally expected to last a lifetime, areola tattooing uses colors much lighter than standard tattooing. Some fading may occur over many years’ time, and at some point, you may elect to have your color refreshed.
Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for semi-permanent makeup. It is not recommended for any clients who are or have:
Glaucoma and those who are taking blood thinning medicines (e.g. Aspirin)
Diabetic (please consult your doctor)
Viral Infections and/or Diseases
Pacemaker or major heart problems
Skin irritations or psoriasis/eczema near the treated area (rashes, sunburn, acne, etc.)
Those with allergies to makeup, colors or hair-dye
Those with easily triggered post inflammatory hyper pigmentation
Those with transmittable blood conditions like HIV or Hepatitis
Are a hemophiliac
Have healing disorders, on blood thinners, uncontrolled high blood pressure or had mitral valve disorder.
Those on any skin medication such as Roaccutane, steroids which thin and oversensitive the skin.
AHA's (lactic, glycolic, citric, retinoid a d tartaric acids) or any OTC creams and lotions for tone correcting, anti-aging, exfoliating - fading can discolor your semi-permanent makeup.
Chemotherapy and Cancer Treatments: Doctors clearance may be necessary.
Shingles (Varicella): If you have shingles on your face, please wait several months to get semi-permanent makeup.
HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO GET TATTOOED?
You must be 18 years or older to receive a tattoo service at LoAnn's Brow Art Studio. If you are under the age of 18, please have a parent/legal guardian email us at LoAnnsBrowStudio@gmail.com for more information.
CAN I GET TATTOOED IF I AM PREGNANT?
As a safety precaution, we do not perform cosmetic tattooing on pregnant women.
WHAT SHOULD I DO PRIOR TO MY AREOLA TATTOO TREATMENT?
Please read our Pre-Care Instructions by clicking here.
WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
Please read our Post-Care Instructions by clicking here. It is highly beneficial to follow these instructions to ensure a comfortable healing process and to achieve the best results.
IS THE STUDIO AND EQUIPMENT SAFE?
Yes, we pride ourselves in having state-of-the-art equipment, as well as a safe and sterile studio space. We only use single-use, disposable needles, and supplies. After every client, all needles are discarded safely and stations are thoroughly disinfected.
HOW DO I BOOK AN APPOINTMENT?
Please use our online booking system to schedule your appointment here. Please note that a NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT is required to schedule and secure your appointment. The deposit is to ensure that you are serious about your appointment and will be deducted from the total price of the service. If you cancel or miss your appointment, you will simply forfeit your deposit. Please read our our Cancellation & Rescheduling Policy in the following section.
Booking & Disclosures
CANCELLATION & RESCHEDULING POLICY
We take pride in providing prompt service to all of our clients.
In order to secure your appointment through our online booking system, your credit card will be charged a non-refundable security deposit towards your service price. This amount will be debited immediately upon booking and authorization. The remaining balance will be due on the day of your scheduled service.
We know your time is valuable, and ours is too. Out of respect for our artists and clients, please provide at least 48 hour notice if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment. This will ensure that we are able to offer your appointment slot to other clients currently on the waiting list.
We understand that certain circumstances and emergencies are unavoidable, therefore we will allow ONE reschedule and your deposit will be transferred over to your next appointment.
If you fail to provide us at least 48 hour notice of the cancellation/reschedule, your deposit will be forfeited and a new deposit will be requested to rebook a new appointment. A notation will be made on your file and we reserve the right to restrict scheduling for those who cancel in excess.
If you are more than 15 minutes late for your appointment, you will be required to reschedule to ensure we deliver satisfactory service to you and our other clients. Late arrivals will forfeit their deposit and a new deposit will be requested to re-book a new appointment. Please plan your drive/schedule accordingly and arrive 5-10 minutes before your appointment to avoid any late penalties.
If you do not show up for your appointment (no-show), the full amount of the booked service will be charged to your credit card on file. If you fail to show up for your complimentary touch-up appointment (second session for your ombre powder brows service), you will be charged a no-show fee equivalent to the original full amount of the touch-up. A notation will be made on your file and we reserve the right to restrict scheduling for no-shows.
We strive to stick to our schedule and respect our client’s time and we kindly ask that you do the same.
The policies listed are applicable to everyone with no exceptions.
ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN FOR ANY DEPOSIT OR SERVICE.
Pre & Post Care Instructions
PRE-CARE INSTRUCTIONS (BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT)
If you have used Accutane within the last year, we will be unable to perform the procedure as it leads to increased swelling, bleeding, and pain. It will also impede your skin's healing process.
Must be free of skin irritations, such as sunburns, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, and severe acne on the treatment area.
You must be off of antibiotics 2 weeks prior to your scheduled procedure.
Avoid blood thinners such as Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Aleve, Vitamin E, and Fish Oil at least 48-72 hours before procedure, unless it is medically necessary, in which case we will need a doctor's note.
Avoid alcohol or caffeine consumption the day before, and the day of, your scheduled procedure.
No sauna or tanning 1 week prior to the procedure.
No exercising the day of the procedure.
You must be at least 4 months post op with healed wounds.
POST-CARE INSTRUCTIONS (AFTER YOUR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT)
You may carefully remove the bandages when you get home.
With clean hands, wash the treated areas before bedtime with lukewarm water and unscented soap or cleanser. Apply a thin layer of the ointment provided to you by LoAnn's Brow Art Studio. Repeat this same process for at least 5 days, twice a day (morning and night).
After the 5 days, you may switch to an unscented lotion, such as Lubriderm or Cetaphil, and use it for another 2 weeks in place of the ointment.
Avoid wearing tight bras for the first 48 hours. Allow the treated area some room to breathe as much as possible during the healing process.
Do not use any scented lotions or tanning lotions for the first 2 weeks.
Do not scratch, pick or peel any scabs of flakes during the healing process.
For at least 5 days after the procedure, avoid:
Foreign bodily fluids on or around the areolas
Activities that will cause extreme sweating
Swimming pools, hot tubs or other bodies of water
Long hot showers and saunas
UV exposure (including tanning beds)
Massages and skin treatments
No laser light therapy, as it can darken/lighten or distort the pigment of the tattoo color.
No exfoliants, retinol acids, glycolic acids and alpha hydroxy acids on the area for 30 days after the appointment (causes premature fading).