Nipple Tattoos and Areola Tattoos
What is Cosmetic Nipple Areola Tattooing?
Generally tattooing is done for masking some oddities as well as to well define certain features that are absent or not so conspicuous. Cosmetic nipple areola tattooing helps to improve the look and enhance the look of the brown circle of skin around the nipples (the areola). Women who are dissatisfied with the appearance of the areola may opt to improve the color of the pigment or correct irregularities in the shape of it by having permanent tattoos on each breast.
Ultimately, there is no ideal dimension for the diameter of the areola around the nipple. In some cultures the bigger the areola the better and in others a smaller one is considered to be more attractive. Some women may prefer to have the diameter of the areola shrunk or lightened from a dark brown to a more youthful pink color.
Tattoos around the nipple are not only a female prerogative. Men can also go for areola cosmetic tattoos if the areola is too large.
The Need for Nipple Areola Tattooing
Nipple areola tattooing is not just for purely cosmetic reasons. It is important to realize that nipple areola tattooing has many other kinds of practical applications, particularly for people who are suffering from certain conditions. For instance, nipple areolas can develop an irregular shape or depigmentation after nursing or pregnancy. Women recovering from breast cancer might also consider having a nipple areola tattooing procedure done as part of reconstructive breast surgery.
The Procedure for Nipple Areola Tattooing
The application of permanent nipple areolas is done the same way as regular tattooing. A tattoo gun, which automatically dispenses biocompatible inks to the area to be tattooed, is used for the procedure. The inks, which are delivered below the skin, are made of iron oxide or titanium dioxide pigments. If the work is very painstaking then the pigment may be applied manually with a hand held needle.
When it comes to delivering pigment beneath the skin there is some debate about which method is better, manual or electric, for delivering pigment beneath the skin. Although the tattoo gun is faster, it does seem to be more painful for some people. If you are having your entire areola recolored or the area of color reduced then tattooing with a gun is recommended.
However manual tattooing might be better if you are correcting the definition of the areola as doing any tattooing by hand allows the practitioner to be more precise. In general, manual tattooing also causes less bruising, swelling and bleeding.
Before you have nipple areolas tattooed you do need to have an initial consultation with the professional applying the procedure. You may be asked to eliminate the use of aspirin and nicotine before the operation to minimize the chance of swelling or bleeding. The only real risk of the surgery is an allergic reaction to the pigments.
Are You an Ideal Candidate for nipple areola tattooing?
Almost everyone is a good candidate for nipple areola tattooing except for individuals who are gravely ill with an auto-immune disorder. If you take anticoagulants or immunosuppressive drugs or have an acute illness, do not undergo permanent cosmetic procedures. The procedure also does not always work every single time on individuals who suffer from vitiligo.
The procedure is also not recommended for individuals who are pregnant or nursing. This is because there is always the possibility of the fetus of the infant suffering from an allergy to the pigments. Also, the procedure leaves skin around the nipples feeling very raw and bruised which would make nursing very uncomfortable.
If you are not very tolerant to pain, the cosmetician or doctor may apply a topical anesthetic to the area before the nipple areola tattooing is begun. In general, tattooing with a gun takes less time than more elaborate handwork.
Nipple Areola Tattooing – After effects
After the procedure you can expect some bruising or swelling that can last for a week but in general lasts no longer than three days. Swelling is reduced through the use of ice. Non-narcotic painkillers may deal with any pain, but consult with your doctor on the most appropriate painkiller for your situation and state of health.
After your permanent nipple areolas are applied you will also be discouraged from using products that contain alpha-hydroxy acid as they can partially remove or dissolve the tattoo.
Although most pigments are considered to be permanent they might fade over time. Light of all kinds, but especially sunlight can play a role in lightening the color of your tattooed nipple areolas. It might not be a good idea to bathe topless for some time.
Before choosing a cosmetician to perform your areola tattooing, ask to see a portfolio of his or her work. The best permanent tattoo artists will be certified by the American Academy of Micropigmentation and charge between $400 and $600 an hour.