Areola & Nipple Tattooing

Providing the Finishing Touches That Help You Feel More Confident and Beautiful.

One of the most rewarding aspects of my work is working with breast cancer survivors. Jeanette Wirz, CAAM is a Board Certified Permanent Makeup Artist, Trainer, and state-licensed tattoo artist with 22 years of experience in her field.

3D Areola Restoration is a procedure for women and men who have lost one or both nipples through surgery or trauma. By using traditional tattooing techniques, the appearance of the nipple can be restored to a more natural appearance after mastectomy, breast reduction scars, or trauma. Areola Restoration can create an Areola after breast reconstruction minimizing the appearance of scars to restore the Areola to a more natural-looking color and shape.


  • Take your daily medications, as usual, including blood thinners.
  • You can shower on the morning of your procedure. Do not put any lotion, cream, oil, or powder on your skin from or waist up.
  • Wear a loose-fitting, comfortable top. You may also want to wear a loose-fitting bra or cami to avoid putting pressure on the tattoo.
  • There's a high demand for this procedure. if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please let us know as soon as possible.

Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to fill out the paperwork.

After you change into a gown,

  • We will take pictures.
  • Discuss any concerns you have about the procedure.
  • What you want your nipple and areola to look like in size, placement, and color tone.
  • Color match- We will look at several color options together and decide what colors will look most natural for your skin tone.
  • We will mix the tattoo ink until we create a color that we both like. If you only have one breast reconstructed, we will try to match your natural nipple as closely as possible.

Nipple Restorative Tattoos Due to Breast Cancer Surgery Are Part of Your Entire Reconstruction Process Thanks to the“women’ Health and Cancer Rights Act (Whcra) of 1998”. That Being Said, the Reimburrsement Amount Varies.

You will be receiving your tattoos from a tattoo artist and an “out of network” provider.

You will be given an itemized receipt with all the needed information to submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. Your tattoos will have to be paid in full, out of pocket the day of your appointment.

​All Insurence Compains are Different, Please call your insurance company in advance and find out the amount you will be reimbursed for areola tattooing by an out-of-network provider. We DO NOT guarantee that any payment will be given by insurance. We will give you a receipt containing the correct documentation to be submitted for reimbursement.

National Provider Identifier -will Be Provided to Help in the Process of Reimbursement.

An NPI is a unique identification number for covered healthcare providers, created to help send health information electronically more quickly and effectively. Covered healthcare providers, all health plans, and healthcare clearinghouses must use NPIs in their administrative and financial transactions.


It is safe to receive this treatment once you get the Ok from your doctor and with at least 6 months of healing time to pass after the date of your final surgery.

Scar Camouflage 12-18 months.

We will discuss all of the options and get answers to any questions or concerns you may have. The procedure itself takes up to three hours (depending on if you do 1 or 2 nipples).

You should be able to resume normal activities immediately following the procedure.

However, avoid swimming and using a sauna or jacuzzi for two weeks after the procedure. If using the gym within the first two weeks following your tattoo, limit friction by wearing a tight sports bra.

Infection is very rare. If you experience any of the following symptoms, please contact your permanent makeup artist and referring Doctor. If some of these systems will occur:

- Swelling and/or heat that doesn’t resolve in the first two days.

- Redness spreading from the tattoo that gets worse over a few days. - A fever (temperature higher than 37.5C / 99.5 F).

You will have a follow-up appointment eight weeks after the initial treatment. Following an assessment, the permanent make-up artist will discuss if further pigment is necessary. It is common to need two treatments as the color will fade over time and a further procedure may be required to achieve and maintain the desired color.

We do our best to make the areola tattooing process as painless as possible, We do use a numbing cream if needed. Depending on your particular surgery, there may be some small amount of sensation, but it usually is minimal or mildly uncomfortable. In most cases, our clients do not feel any pain.

Breast tattoos aren’t just for Breast Cancer survivors. Breast, areola, and nipple tattoos are for anyone seeking to improve their overall breast appearance after surgery or trauma. Men and women!

This service might be right for you if you are, have, or have had any of the following:

  • Breast cancer survivor
  • Post-mastectomy scars
  • Subcutaneous mastectomy
  • Areola restoration
  • Breast augmentation
  • Breast reconstruction
  • Breast lift
  • Male chest reconstruction
  • Female-to-male surgery (FTM)
  • Sex reassignment


When using Tegaderm or Saniderm Waterproof Transparent Wound Dressing. Can stay on for up to 7 days. Follow these instructions:

  • You can shower normally, no need for pads.
  • Some fluid may build up and puddle under the film, and this is normal. However, if an excessive amount of fluid is present, you may gently remove the film in the shower and thoroughly clean it with Dial Antimicrobial Soap.
  • Blot areolas with a white paper towel, then allow to completely air dry.
  • Use a new piece of Tegaderm or Saniderm film large enough to allow at least an inch or more around the areola.
  • Then apply the film directly over your areola, pressing out any air bubbles and making sure edges are sealed, not allowing water to build up against your tattoos.
  • After 7 days, remove the film while in the shower. Clean areolas as instructed above. Areolas may weep a little at first, temporarily use a small amount of ointment and cover with a nonstick pad until they dry and continue to dry heal.

For the first 7 days:

  • Before showering, always make sure your hands are very clean when touching your breasts.
  • Use a cotton swab, and gently cover areolas with a very thin coat of ointment, using White Petroleum ointment or Aquaphor.
  • When showering, keep your back to the shower spray, do not let hot water spray directly onto your tattooed breasts. Thoroughly wash your breasts (using your hands, no cloth) with mild soap such as Cetaphil, baby shampoo, or Dial antimicrobial soap. DO NOT use anything astringent. Continue to rinse until all surface blood, ointment, and soap have been removed.
  • Dry around the tattoo by blotting very gently with a white paper towel. Continue to air dry for 15 to 30 minutes (or use a hair dryer on a low or cool setting) until the tattoo is dry (the tattoo will feel taut or tight when it is thoroughly dry).
  • Apply After Inked ointment or Aquaphor in a thin, (grain of rice to a small pea amount) light coat by gently spreading it onto the areola with a cotton swab twice a day. Cover with Foam Dressing or Equate Ultra Absorbent Wound Dressing pads.
  • Apply After Inked ointment or Aquaphor in a thin, (grain of rice to a small pea amount) light coat by gently spreading it onto the areola with a cotton swab twice a day. Cover with Foam Dressing or Equate Ultra Absorbent Wound Dressing pads.
  • At night, wear a large, loose-fitting white cotton T-shirt with no pads or ointments, allowing air to get to your areolas.
  • After day 7, let your chest dry out to continue healing on its own. No more ointments. Still, gently blot them with a paper towel periodically if you notice they still appear to be weeping. Let them completely dry and heal now.
  • The tattoo should feel moistened but not heavily coated. Use the ointment provided. If the ointment burns or hurts in any way, stop using it immediately and call a technician. All tattoos weep body fluids and it is important to blot these fluids off periodically.
  • The foam dressings and wound dressings will help wick the moisture from the tattoo, twice a day, use gauze pads or a white paper towel dampened with an antiseptic wash (Band-Aid brand Hurt-Free Antiseptic Wash) to blot the areolas.
  • Be careful not to use a lot of pressure. Rebandage with nonstick pads whenever you have to wear clothing over your tattoo (such as a bra). Avoid tight clothing if possible.
  • If, at any time, the nonstick bandage or clothing appears to stick to the areola, DO NOT continue to remove it! WAIT until you can get in the shower, soaking the pads until they fall off on their own. Otherwise, the pigment can be pulled right out.
  • While your tattoo(s) is covered, it is healing at a much slower rate, so whenever possible, expose the tattoo to the air or cover it with loose-fitting clothing like a large white cotton T-shirt with no ointment.

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