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Areola tattooing, is a highly specialized tattoo technique most commonly used to recreate the areola-nipple complex for breast cancer survivors who lost their nipples due to mastectomies or for clients after gender re-assignment surgery.
Areola tattoo restoration is a vital part of the healing journey for survivors in recovering physically and emotionally. By creating the illusion of a 3D nipple, they are no longer constantly reminded of the traumatic past every-time they see themselves topless. It helps them regain confidence and body positivity.
This procedure can also be performed for transgender clients to create a more 'typically male' or 'female' nipple and cover up surgical scars.
Areola tattooing may also be done on natural areola/nipples to enhance colour, create balance and adjust shape and is a popular choice after breast enlargements and reductions to cover-up scarring around the areola (i.e. lollipop scars).
The patient is involved in every step of the process from determining size, placement, and approving colour swatches. There is no downtime after the procedure.
Lara uses her extensive skillset, knowledge, and artistry to create beautifully realistic areola tattoos for every body shape, size and colour.
She is located in Toronto, Ontario.
Bilateral Areola Tattoo Client.
3D Areola & Nipple Tattooing
I offer both virtual and in-person consultations to determine if you are a good candidate, explain the procedure and give you the opportunity to answer any questions you may have. You can book a consultation online by clicking "book a consultation" at the top of the page.
This process is usually complete in one appointment. However, in some cases, clients require a second session 6-8 weeks later (at a reduced rate) depending on one's individual healing. At the second appointment, colour can be added, tone can be adjusted, details perfected, and any other touch ups required can be done.
The tattoo will last a lifetime (unless exposed to UV) but may need small touch ups every 3-10 years to put detail back in.
The shorter answer is: no, not in Canada. Patients must pay out of pocket for their procedure. However, it is worth checking and asking if your insurance will reimburse you, even partially. Hopefully, with enough demand, this will change in Canada, as I, among all other artists and patients, strongly believe it should.
I will provide any documentation they request.
Make sure you have read the pre and post care entirely.
The day of the procedure you will want to wear a comfortable bra and bring any photos of your breasts prior to surgery, if you have them (not needed). Feel free to bring inspo photos to show colour, shape and size preferences.
The area will be covered with a Tegederm dressing for 3 days and you will be given detailed aftercare instructions and all supplies needed to care for your new tattoo.
There is no down time with this procedure and you should be able to resume your normal activities. However, there are a few restrictions: No vigorous exercise for the first 24 hours, avoiding sweating for a week, and no soaking in any bathtubs, swimming pools or jacuzzi’s for a least 7 days after.
This is something that may be camouflaged depending on what your scars look like. This process works best for hypopigmentated scars (meaning, the scar is lighter in color than surrounding skin).
No, the needle only goes into the dermis which is just 3 layers into the skin.
When you meet Lara, she will work with you to determine color and size by first drawing impermanently on the area. Once the color and size is agreed upon, Lara will create dimension with color and shading, giving you a realistic nipple and areola. When the procedure is finished you will be amazed with the results!
No. 98% of the time there is no pain in the reconstructed breast, for the other 2% we apply a topical anesthetic so there is little to no pain.
This client has no raised nipple, the illusion of a 3D nipple is created completely by tattoo on flat skin.
The color will heal less red than pictured. The redness is temporarily caused by the blood at the surface.
Before --> Right After --> Healed.
Another example of how realistic the nipple can look using this technique. She had a flap reconstruction which left a flat surfsace. The nipple protrusion is an illusion.
Sadly in Canada, Areola tattooing is not covered by insurance because it is considered cosmetic. This makes an already stressful time also financially straining, and for some, areola tattooing becomes not an option.
I have compassionately priced my services as low as I can to help survivors but materials, training, and overheads all add up.
Your donation will go directly to a survivor in need of this service to offset the cost of the procedure.
My dream is for enough donations to come in so every survivor can get this service FREE OF CHARGE.
Your generosity is appreciated more than you will know and will absolutely change someone’s life.
Please read this entirely before booking an appointment.