3D Areola Restorative Tattoo FAQ

3D Areola Restorative Tattoo FAQ

Everything you need to know about 3D areola restorative tattoo

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Is areola and nipple tattooing a good choice for me?

Breast tattoos aren’t just for breast cancer survivors, but it is also for anyone seeking to improve their overall breast appearance. This service might be a good option if you relate to any of the following:

  • breast cancer survivor
  • post-mastectomy
  • areola restoration
  • subcutaneous mastectomy
  • breast augmentation
  • breast reconstruction
  • breast lift
  • male chest reconstruction
  • keyhole surgery
  • female to male surgery (FTM)
  • sex reassignment
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What should a client know about areola tattooing?

Clients should understand that because there is currently no regulation or prerequisites for training, it’s imperative to seek out a highly skilled specialist. They should definitely know that almost 100% of medical professionals who do nipple tattoos have no previous tattoo experience. Survivors deserve nothing but the best, especially after everything they’ve lost!

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Does it hurt?

Normally, the client does not feel any pain. Each case is different though and depending on your particular surgery there may be some sensation but it usually is minimal or mildly uncomfortable.

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Do you numb beforehand?

No we don’t. When it comes to scar tissue, we are working on compromised skin, so we don’t want anything interfering with getting the pigment in. We want to be sure your 3D areola and nipple tattoo lasts and stands the test of time.

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How long does the procedure take?

The entire appointment for both bilateral and unilateral typically takes up to 3 hours. This includes listening to what you want, placement, pigment color selection and design. The actual tattoo time is about 30 minutes to an hour.

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What should I wear to the 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 robe. At the end of the service, the tattooed area is dressed with a protective covering. Unless you have a tape/adhesive allergy, wearing a bra is optional but not required.

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How long does it take for the tattoo area to heal?

Healing times can vary… typically within 2 weeks and we book your touch up in 10 weeks. Some 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 thin coats of ointment are normally all that is required to get a well healed result.

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What should a client look for in an areola tattoo artist?

Experience, heart connection and artistic ability! Tattooing in healthy tissue is one thing, but anyone who has ever watched a mastectomy video understands that following the breast amputation, the blood flow is permanently altered, creating a unique set of challenges.

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How long does an areola tattoo last?

Restorative tattooing of any kind requires permanence. The tissue is too delicate to require maintenance and easily becomes damaged further by ongoing trauma for touch ups. Any permanent tattoo could use a freshening up once a decade to keep it looking sharp and dynamic.

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How do you create a 3D nipple?

With a unique set of visual tricks using hard edges and soft edges and variations between the application of subtle and strong contrast. Check our before and after areola tattoos.

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How does a person know when they are ready for the procedure?

Physical readiness for an areola tattoo: A safe bet is to wait until the scars are no longer red, showing that they are no longer active and the scar tissue is now mature. Tattooing while the scars are red risks causing further damage to a growing cellular structure.

Emotional readiness for an areola tattoo: Facing a changed body is an incredibly brave and challenging thing to do. Not having nipples can really mess with you in ways that you could never be prepared for. There is a real element of “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone.”

My advice is to find a level of acceptance with what you have now, and where you’d like to be moving forward.

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Is this type of procedure covered by insurance?

Yes, by many, although it can still be a challenge to actually receive payment from many insurance companies. I would recommend survivors find an artist based on skill set rather than coverage. Most of us offer gifted procedures to those facing financial hardship, even if we’re not billing insurance companies, but Studio Conceal does work with a billing agency on your behalf.

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Sherrie Banaay
Sherrie Banaay
I just competed Jayd's stretch mark and scar camouflage training. It was an amazing experience. Jayd's a brilliant artist and trainer. She has the sweetest soul. She's very passionate and does everything with a pure heart. She's very transparent and detail oriented. You will definitely leave with a world of knowledge and the confidence to start your own business. Highly recommend her course. You will not be disappointed.
Marty Sipes
Marty Sipes
Jayd!!!!! Was my instructor for camouflage tattooing ….I had no experience with tattooing prior to this class and I am leaving here feeling very confident in going on in the future as a tattoo artist…. The class is extremely informative, absolutely no way you could leave here with out all the info you need…. If your thinking about becoming a tattoo artist…. Jump in you won’t be disappointed.
Jayd is an amazing person and teacher, she is very knowledgeable and explained to us every step of the way, I love how positive she is and the good vibe she always transmit. I felt so welcomed and happy being with her and her staff member (which are amazing too). Can’t wait to come back! I love you guys 🙂
Porsha Howard
Porsha Howard
Taking the scar camouflage training with Jayd and her team was an amazing experience filled with so much knowledge. She is so sweet and willing to answer all your questions. I highly recommend Jayd if your looking to train in the field
Chris Huntsman
Chris Huntsman
I would assume that most the clientele here are females but I wanted to leave a review as a male client. I had developed some dime-size “sun spots” on my back over the years from not using enough sunscreen. Nothing major but the bothered me a little bit. I called a few tattoo places and none of them really specialized in camouflage tattooing until one gal I spoke to said “If anyone can do it, it will be Jayd” and they were right! Sun spots are essentially circle scars and Jayd was very knowledgeable. She said scars are really hard to do because they don’t take ink well and on top of that I’m a redhead so I bleed easier than most. So we decided to give it a whirl anyways and it took 1-2 more sessions than we originally thought and my skin didn’t end up taking all they ink that we wanted but I’m super happy with the results. I highly recommend Jayd and Studio Conceal to anyone looking for camouflage/cosmetic tattooing.
McKenzie Hambsch
McKenzie Hambsch
Jayd was amazing!! I have been very happy with the results so far and are still healing. I got scar camouflage on my face with a scar I have been worried about for a few years She and her assistant make you feel so comfortable through the whole process. Jayd is very knowledgeable about scar camouflage and I loved my experience with her and her company. Highly recommend!!
Nicole Nico
Nicole Nico
Jayde is a Phenomonal Artist, her eye for this is crazy good! I’m so impressed with her professionalism and her ability to see what the outcome will be beforehand. She’s a total sweetheart as well. If you are on the edge of booking, don’t wait , book her now! She’s amazing!!
Allison Cane
Allison Cane
Every single aspect of going to Jayd at Studio Conceal far exceeded my expectations. She magnificently camouflaged rather extensive white scars I had in front of and behind my ears - the result of a lower face lift I had several years ago. I’ve had 2 sessions and the results are darn near magical. In addition, the office is pristine and elegant. And Jayd is warm and friendly and professional. I live in Beverly Hills and she is 100 times better than anyone here who provides the same service. She has an artist’s eye. I couldn’t be happier. Very highly recommend!
Haylee D.
Haylee D.
I just completed my camouflage tattoo training with Jayd. Her professionalism and passion for the industry are immediately evident! As students, she made sure we were comfortable and felt at home. Her assistant Jamison was sweet, attentive and such a wonderful help to us all. 🙂 I loved the small class-size! Jayd was able to spend time with each of us, offering as much guidance as we needed and answering any questions we had. My experience was 100% positive and I will gladly train with her in the future when there is another opportunity! Thank you, Studio Conceal!
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