3D Nipple & Areola Restoration
Using advanced techniques in the medical tattooing field, it is now possible to create incredibly realistic areola and 3D nipples.
Creating the 'Nipple Areola' is the final component to making your breast reconstruction complete. Some patients are comfortable without having a nipple, and do not wish to have further surgery. Others choose the non-surgical option of tattooing without reconstruction. Medical Tattooing allows color pigmentation to simulate the Nipple & Areola with the 3D contour of an actual nipple.
Most natural realistic areolas are achieved with medical tattooing. In modern approaches to nipple reconstruction, the nipple mound is created from skin taken as a local flap on the reconstructed breast. Various local flaps have been described, including the 'Skate flap', the 'C-V flap' and the 'Star flap'. Regardless of which approach your surgeon chooses, the outcome will be a nipple mound. The areola can then be tattooed. Common donor sites for the graft include the abdominal scar from a flap reconstruction, the inner thigh, or the buttock crease. With Micropigmentation/Medical Tattooing the impression of the actual nipple can also be achieved without having to go through the 'Nipple Mound' surgery (flap creation).