nipple tattoo - do areola tattoos hurt

Women who have a mastectomy to treat breast cancer, or breast surgery to treat another medical issue, will usually have the option of reconstructive surgery to rebuild the shape of the affected breast. However, breast reconstruction does not typically involve reconstructing the nipple. Nipple reconstruction surgery is usually the final stage of breast reconstruction, and it is not always available to everybody. Instead, many women are opting for 3-D medical tattooing instead, posing the question “Do Areola Tattoos Hurt?”

Who Can Benefit from This Tattoo?

Nipple tattooing is popular among women who have undergone a mastectomy, but a nipple tattoo can also be a very useful way to restore your self-confidence after breast augmentation surgery, to improve the size of small nipples or to correct the size of the areola.

Nipple Tattooing After a Mastectomy

A traditional tattoo or a semi-permanent technique that is quite similar to eyebrow micropigmentation can be used. To achieve the desired look, an oscillating, pigment-coated tattoo needle is inserted into the skin to create a natural-looking, 3D nipple.

We offer areola tattooing in London to suit your needs.

What to Expect

You will meet with our cosmetic micropigmentation tech initially for a consultation where you will be able to discuss the placement, size, and pigment options for your new nipple and areola tattoo. Our artist will assess the area in order to come up with a plan for the process that works well for you and gets you the results that you want. Your preferences, any scar patterns, and scar tissue, and the thickness of your skin will be taken into account in the consultation.

How to Prepare

On the day of your procedure, you should ensure that the area is clean and dry to proceed. Avoid applying any moisturiser or numbing creams to the area to be tattooed. If you are wondering, ‘do areola tattoos hurt?’ the good news is that the majority of the time the answer is no if you have undergone breast reconstruction surgery, as there is usually a loss of sensation in the area. For those who have not undergone surgery, discomfort levels can vary between people. We apply a numbing cream to help control the sensation.

Wear a loose, comfortable button-down shirt during the procedure for easy access. Bring a camisole or comfortable sports bra with you that you can wear afterwards to help hold any dressings in place.

Before the tattooing begins, you will be given a health questionnaire and consent form to complete. The tattoo will be done in a private, disinfected room.

The Procedure

Before starting, the artist will go over your plans for the procedure once again and make design markings for you to approve of. The length of time that you can expect the procedure to take will depend on the artists and the amount of work you require. Generally, it takes around 1 – 2 hours per nipple.


Once the procedure is complete, you will need to care for your tattoo in order to ensure that it heals correctly. A dressing will be applied to the area and you can expect the healing process to last between one week to 10 days. Some mild scabbing, itchiness, and flaking is quite normal. You will need to keep the area clean and apply an antibacterial cream or ointment several times a day. Your artist will provide you with specific instructions.

Could you benefit from areola tattooing? Whether you would like to correct the appearance, shape or size of your nipples or have a tattoo as an alternative to reconstruction surgery, contact our specialist Annette for a free consultation on 07895 567829.

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