An areola tattoo is a cosmetic procedure that is done on the area of the breast or chest where the areola is found. Commonly performed after reconstructive breast surgery in cancer survivors.
It is a special technique of a semi-permanent makeup that creates a realistic image of an areola and a nipple for breast cancer survivors. 3D nipple and areola tattoos are often used instead of nipple reconstruction surgery.
A trained tattoo artist will design and perform this semi-permanent technique similar to the one of microblading eyebrows. Just like microblading eyebrows, nipple and areola tattoos are made by implanting color pigment beneath the outer layer of the skin.
The treatment is done with a small electronic machine using precise disposable and sterile needles. However, unlike microblading eyebrows that last one to three years, tattooed nipples and areolas tend to last much longer.