Areola tattooing is 3D nipple tattooing for breast cancer survivors who have undergone reconstructive surgery .  Areola restorative tattooing is the final stage of the reconstruction process,  and is done to create a beautiful and natural  appearance.  Also known as medical or paramedical tattooing,  this type of work  should be done by well seasoned artists who have been tattooing professionally for many years, and  are familiar with working on compromised skin.  Our goal with each client is to create realistic 3D nipple tattooing and help them complete their journey from reconstructive surgery.

Why get a tattoo?

People consider having an areola tattoo for a variety of reasons, including to:

  • help them to feel more confident after breast cancer treatment
  • mark what they have been through and create something personal
  • cover or disguise a scar

When can I get a tattoo?

Before getting a tattoo your operation sites need to be completely healed. This may take up to a year but it can be longer. You should have also finished any chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment.
Check with your treatment team if you’re considering getting a tattoo.

What happens when you get a tattoo?

A tattoo is a permanent mark on the skin made by ink or pigment. Dyes are injected using needles directly under the skin, piercing the skin over and over again until the tattoo is drawn. No local anaesthetic is given and the process can be slightly uncomfortable or completely pain free depending on the person.

What are the risks of getting a tattoo?

Tattoo artists should always use sterile equipment and fresh needles.

Risks include:

  • infection
  • changing your mind – it’s possible to get tattoos removed but it’s expensive and can be very painful
  • the colour (pigment) fading – this can sometimes happen over time. It’s best to avoid swimming or sunbathing for two weeks after having a tattoo to reduce the likelihood of this happening. You can use sunscreen on your tattoo to help reduce fading

The tattooed area may be swollen and possibly red but this should go away over time.
If any redness or swelling doesn’t go away and you develop a high temperature or feel feverish you may have an infection. If you think you have an infection contact your doctor as soon as possible as you may need a course of antibiotics.

How much will it cost?

Contact Kaylen Vo directly to discuss the cost of your new areola tattoo.  You can send an e-mail to