Why do we have people of all ages, enquire about re-enhancement or complete colour reconstruction of their nipples and areolas? The reasons are varied and complex, but most often are not about vanity.  Women and men too, have undergone mastectomies and other forms of breast surgery where they require the areola and nipple to be restored to complete their surgery. It is often only then that they are able to focus positively on their lives once again.

The natural and convincing results of micro-pigmentation of the areola complex helps you feel desirable again after unexpected misadventures or surgery. The ebbing away of confidence that ongoing trauma causes, soon rushes back as you see yourself, and feel whole again. We understand that after diagnosis and invasive surgery, often the last thing you want to look at is more reconstructive work. However, it is likely your surgeon has ‘coned’ a nipple for you at the time of your breast reconstruction. Six to eight weeks later you have the option of areola micro-pigmentation being provided by us, with soft natural colours especially formulated for this work. Many patients and surgeons will opt for 3D tattoo rather than darker skin grafts from other areas of the body. Over the years para-medical tattoo has proven to give more realistic, pleasing and satisfying results.

Is para-medical tattoo different to other semi-permanent tattoo procedures?

The para-medical or the semi-permanent areola and nipple restorative technique is much like our own cosmetic tattoo. We do however, use different procedures, tools and needle combinations. This specialized work will create a nipple and areola to complete you.

How long does the procedure take?

Micro-pigmentation is done fairly quickly, with nipples and areolas designed and tattooed in two hours or less.

Do I really have choice?

As with all our procedures at Gentle Cosmetic Tattoo, we enjoy your input and will match the areola complex to your other breast, or create two beautiful areolas and nipples you will be happy with.

Will it hurt?

With little or no nerve endings in the breast area after your reconstruction to cause you discomfort, the procedure is usually painless . We have up to the minute anaesthetics on hand when enhancing the natural breast with this procedure.


After care is minimal. Your areola area will be prepared and covered with a gauze swab, and you will be asked to keep the area moisturized to help the healing process.

Over the next few days following your tattooing procedure, you will notice subtle changes and improvements. We advise you to keep the area clean and well moisturised. Little more needs to be done! The tattooed area which always looks darker and fresher immediately following the session, takes on a more natural hue over the next week to ten days. Perfecting the work with a second session follows when the area is exfoliated and totally healed.


Hygiene is always our paramount concern. You are given the best hygienic care and advice. Disposable needles are always disgarded of at the end of each treatment.

How many appointments do I need?

There are two procedures. We want you to be delighted with your newly acquired areola complex. Your surgeon may already have given you breasts pretty enough that you may wear a T-Shirt without a bra. We give you the confidence of going bra-less in other circumstances.

We hope this has given you a brief understanding of the areola complex restorative technique.

As a footnote, some of our clients request semi-permanent tattoo to their areola complex for reasons other than the above. Faded and irregular areolas can be enhanced to their previous beauty, restoring confidence in the individual once again.

Do not hesitate to contact us with other queries.

A percentage of Janey's work is pro bono.
These patients are usually referred by a surgeon or professional consultant.


Before nipple complex work. Image colour has changed from camera to camera


The first bilateral nipple complex procedure after approximately 7 days


These nipples have been reconstructed surgically, and then tattooed to suit the client


The second and final procedure has just been completed


All ready for 3D bilateral nipple complex


This picture is immediately after 3D nipple complex tattoo. Any adjustments may be made at the second procedure, where the nipple may be enhanced or the areola adjusted to suit the breast and please the client.


Before cosmetic tattoo


Immediately after micro-pigmentation on both breasts


Still peeling while healing


Healed nipple and areola colour enhancement


Immediately after final micro-pigmentation. The areola
complex has been completely reconstructed and will heal to a beautiful natural looking nipple and areola


Nipple and Areola tattoo. A nipple has been surgically set in place ready
for micropigmentation


Three months after procedure. The areola complex has been matched almost
perfectly to the opposite breast