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About Dermagraphics Restoration

Studio Elev8 artist Mike Johnson specializes in working with scar tissue and creating texture, mastering his use of light sources, color, and shadows. 

Artist and Studio Elev8 owner Mike Johnson has won multiple awards for his realistic take on all types of illustrative and Dermagraphic Restoration procedures. He has been featured in multiple magazines for his work in this area as well. 

Surgeons from across the U.S. have begun to exclusively refer their clients to Mike Johnson and Studio Elev8. Mike strives to make each experience as comfortable and pleasant as possible. He loves that he can help survivors finish their journey strong and aid in finding self-confidence again.

For more information and FAQ’s on Dermagraphics Restoration, please see the FAQ Section below.

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Dermographics Restoration is the process of reconstructing the areolas and nipples through advanced tattooing techniques. Please be advised that the gallery below contains nudity.

Dermographics Restoration is the process of reconstructing the areolas and nipples through advanced tattooing techniques. Please be advised that the gallery below contains nudity.

Dermagraphics Restoration With Mike

Mike Johnson is one of only a handful of artists trained in Dermagraphics Restoration in the United States. Dermagraphics Restoration consultations typically take 15-30 minutes.

Dermagraphics Restoration FAQ

What is 3D Nipple/Areola Repigmentation?

This procedure is a highly specialized practice of dermagraphic reconstruction that restores the natural looking color and shape of 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 of Dermagraphics Restoration Like?

Pigment is implanted into the skin, generally using the same procedure as illustrative tattoos.

Why Dermagraphics Restoration?

Most women who choose areola restoration or nipple repigmentation do so because they do not want any more surgeries. Others find the nipple reconstruction they’ve already had done has flattened out and is no longer dimensional. Many find it helps to return a sense of normalcy and femininity to the body, giving them back their sense of self.

Does Dermagraphics Restoration 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 Dermagraphics Restoration Safe?

Yes, 3D nipple/areola tattooing/dermagraphics restoration is very safe. Single use disposable needles and pigment are utilized, along with regular handwashing, glove changing, and use of top standards in sanitization protocols. Post procedural instructions, if followed carefully, also ensure a completely safe procedure.

Why Have a Tattoo Artist Perform Dermagraphics Restoration?

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, or how to create a 3D illusion on a surface. A tattoo artist generally has an art background and training, as well as experience in 3D work.

Is Dermagraphics Restoration Covered By Health Insurance?

Yes. The Women’s Health and Cancer Act of 1998 requires insurance to cover post 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 Johnson at Studio Elev8 is a highly experienced artist at blending and 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 this can be discussed further depending on the situation.

How Do I Make An Appointment?

The best way is to schedule a consultation using the link “Consultation” button above. Or, if you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to call Studio Elev8 at (801) 979-0202.

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