Areola-Nipple Restoration FAQ
How soon after surgery can I have the procedure done?
3-6 months after the date of your final surgery and/or nipple reconstruction. Consult with your physician prior to scheduling.
Can I still get tattooed if I had nipple reconstruction?
Yes, although there are occasions when the pigment does not take well on the reconstructed nipple. The area around the nipple can still be tattooed as well as the reconstructed nipple, but follow up visits may be needed to ensure pigment retention on the reconstructed nipple area.
Are consultations required?
30 minute, complimentary, one on one consultations include detailed information about how we can achieve your goals. Consultations can be done over the phone, ask questions via text 281-795-0130 or in person. If you are interested in a face to face consultation, please use the BOOK ONLINE button at the bottom of this page.
How long does the procedure take?
1.5 to 2 hours
How long does it take for the tattoo area to heal?
Typically 6-10 days. Tegaderm bandages will be used for the first 5 days. After that there may be some slight scabbing or skin flaking may occur, but this is minimal.
How long will the tattoo last?
Due to the nature of areola and nipple scaring, the longevity of the tattoo will vary, 3 years to a lifetime. Some slight fading will occur over the following years.
Do you use sterile needles and equipment?
All of our needles and tubes are disposable, single use and sterile.
How do I choose a 3d Areola artist?
Review all portfolios. Not all artists are created equal. Experience is of the upmost importance when an artist will be working with compromised, scared tissue. RX Beauty Inks certified, professional, experienced artist, Angela Fox, CPCP, specializes in the art of 3D Areola and Nipple Restoration and works with several of Houstons top plastic surgeons.
Does it hurt?
We use topical anesthetics as needed. Normally the client does not feel any pain. Every client is different depending on your particular surgery. In some cases there may be a slight sensation but it usually is not very much or uncomfortable.
How much does the procedure cost?
3D areola and nipple tattooing after mastectomy $595
For repigmentation of natural areola or post surgical lift/reductions, areola enlargement, areola shape and/or color modifications start at $500 Special $395. Should nipple work be necessary to achieve your desired appearance $650 Special $495.
6-8 week Follow up procedures $150
Color refreshers have ongoing discounts.
Can I use my insurance to pay for the procedure?
Unfortunately we do not. We will provide you a receipt and a letter with CPT and Diagnosis codes needed by insurance companies. Insurance companies reimburse you but you may need to follow-up several times with them to be reimbursed.