What Is Areola & Nipple Tattooing?
Breast surgeries, whether elective or due to medical reasons like mastectomy, can leave individuals looking for the natural appearance they once had. Enter the world of Areola & Nipple Tattooing - a compassionate and artistic solution that restores the look and feel of natural areolas and nipples.
Often referred to as Areola Repigmentation or Nipple & Areola Restoration, this specialised technique involves the careful introduction of pigment to recreate the natural appearance of the areola and nipple. This procedure not only enhances the aesthetic outcome post-surgery but can also help to play a pivotal role in emotional healing.
Kelly holds a deep passion for areola and nipple tattooing, having profoundly impacted the lives of over 7,000 individuals throughout their distinctive journeys over the past 15 years. Her exceptional skills have not gone unnoticed. She's been awarded as the UK's 'Medical Micropigmentation Technician of the Year' for three consecutive years at the Micropigmentation Awards in 2019, 2020, and 2021.
Experience the Benefits of Areola & Nipple Tattooing
Areola and nipple tattooing is a specialised area of micropigmentation that offers individuals the opportunity to regain a natural appearance post-surgery. Whether it's following elective procedures or necessary surgeries, this technique can restore confidence and a sense of wholeness.
Post-Mastectomy Areola-Nipple Restoration: For individuals who've had mastectomies due to breast cancer or as a preventive measure, this treatment restores the appearance of the areola and nipple
Breast Reduction or Augmentation: Ideal for those who've undergone elective surgeries to modify breast size or shape, this procedure refines and enhances the look of the areola and nipple, which may have been altered during surgery.
Gender Reassignment Surgery: Designed for transgender individuals after top surgeries, this procedure aligns the areola and nipple with their gender identity.
Scar Camouflaging: For those with scars around the areola-nipple complex from surgeries or injuries, tattooing seamlessly blends the scar with the surrounding skin.
Areola and Nipple Enhancement: Perfect for individuals looking to adjust or enhance the color, size, or shape of their areola and nipple, whether due to natural fading or personal aesthetic preferences.
Kelly Smith Forshaw
Premier Cosmetic & Medical Tattoo and Laser Specialist in West Sussex & London
Kelly has dedicated over two decades to perfecting the art of medical tattooing, semi-permanent makeup, and laser tattoo removal.
Her work has graced numerous publications, and she's appeared on TV shows like Embarrassing Bodies, Ten Years Younger, and The Bad Skin Clinic on Discovery+ in 2023.
Kelly is highly recognised among her peers, winning the Medical Micropigmentation Artist of the Year title in 2018, 2019, and 2021.
Beyond her vast expertise, Kelly's empathetic nature ensures every client feels valued and understood.
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Understand Your Treatment Plan
How many sessions are typically required for areola & nipple tattooing?
Typically 2 sessions are required however if there is scarring, you may require an additional session, either to treat scarring prior to tattooing, through microneedling, or an additional tattooing session due to pigment potentially not retaining in heavily scarred areas. All treatments will require future touch-ups when pigment starts to fade.
Is the areola & nipple tattooing procedure painful?
Some clients feel no sensation at all, others feel mild discomfort. Topical numbing is used to control discomfort if required. Clients say that having a procedure is comparable to having their eyebrows tweezered or their legs waxed.
How long does the tattooing typically last?
Medical tattooing can last several years, but factors like sun exposure, lifestyle, skin type and skin regeneration can affect longevity. Periodic touch-ups might be necessary. We also offer the option of semi-permanent pigment (organic pigments), which typically last 2-3 years, and long-lasting permanent ink which typically last 2-5 years.
What is the aftercare process for areola & nipple tattooing?
After treatment, you may experience some swelling/redness for up to 48 hours after your procedure. During the healing process, you will experience some scabbing of the area. It is vital that you try to keep the area as dry as possible during the healing process. We recommend you do not swim, sunbathe or use a sauna/jacuzzi for 2 weeks after the procedure.
What people say about us
Kelly is very professional and talented. She is friendly and caring. The treatment went well and I am very pleased with the result. I would have no hesitation in recommending Kelly. The clinic in Harley Street is conveniently located, bright and welcoming.