Frequently Asked Questions

What is 3D nipple and areola repigmentation?

This procedure is a highly specialized practice of dermagraphic reconstruction that restores the natural looking color and shape of a nipple after breast reconstruction. If there is no nipple, a 3D nipple can be created with light and shadow, to give the "illusion of protrusion."

What is the process?

Pigment is implanted into the skin between the epidermis and dermis, generally using the same procedure as illustrative tattoos.

Why dermagraphic reconstruction?

Most women who choose areola restoration or nipple repigmentation do so because they don't want any more surgeries. Others find the nipple reconstruction they have had done has flattened out and is no longer dimensional. Many find it helps to return a sense of normalcy and femininity to her body and sense of self.

Does it hurt?

Most clients find that the process is quite tolerable. It is a superficial process, and may feel like a sunburn for 2-3 days.

Is it safe?

Yes, 3D nipple/areola tattooing is very safe. Single use disposable needles and pigment, along with regular hand washing and glove changing are part of high standards of clean protocols. Post procedural instructions, if followed carefully, also ensure a safe procedure.

Why have a tattoo artist do this procedure?

Some doctors do fine tattoo work. However, while surgeons are specially trained to surgically create breasts, most are not trained in tattoo procedures, color theory, and how to create a 3D illusion on a 2D surface. A tattoo artist generally has an art background and training, as well as experience in 3D work.

Is it covered by health insurance?

The Women's health and Cancer Act of 1998 requires insurance to cover most mastectomy reconstruction, including 3D dermagraphic restoration.

Can I bring a friend?

Absolutely. Friends and family are welcome to come to the studio.

Is there anything that can be done about existing scars?

Yes. Mike J at Studio Elev8 is a highly experienced artist at blending and also using illustrative tattooing to conceal and hide all types of scarring. Sometimes to cover existing scars, it requires a much more in depth process, but can be completely discussed depending on the situation.

How do I make an appointment?

The best way to schedule a consultation is to call the studio at 801-979-0202.