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3D Areola Tattooing and Microblading Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Aftercare instructions for 3D Areola Tattooing are provided during the service as well as given in paper form to take home.

3D Areola Tattooing

1. What is areola tattooing?

3D Areola Tattooing is a specialized cosmetic tattooing technique that recreates the appearance of a natural areola and nipple. It is commonly performed after breast reconstruction surgery to help restore the natural look of the breasts after a mastectomy.

2. How is areola tattooing done?

During the procedure, Leia’ uses pigments and specialized techniques to create a realistic areola and nipple. The process involves carefully matching the color, size, and shape of the areola to achieve a natural result.

3. Is areola tattooing painful?

Most individuals report minimal discomfort during the procedure. Topical numbing creams or local anesthesia are not commonly used to ensure longevity of tattoo. As with any tattoo pain level can vary depending on individual sensitivity.

4. How long does the procedure take?

The duration of the procedure depends on various factors, such as the complexity of the design and the client’s individual needs. On average, areola tattooing can take anywhere from one to two hours.

5. Is areola tattooing safe?

When performed by a trained professional in a sterile environment, areola tattooing is generally considered safe. It is crucial to choose a reputable and experienced practitioner to minimize any potential risks or complications.

6. Who is a good candidate for 3d areola tattooing?

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

7. How should I prepare for my appointment?

If you are able to take a picture before surgery of yourself please do so and bring with you to your consultation. If you do not have a picture and find something similar you are looking for you are welcome to bring that as well. We do have pictures you can choose from of what you would like the artist to create. Wear a top that is easy to get in and out of and not extremely tight fitting. Take a deep breath and understand we are here to help you have an amazing experience as you cross the finish line!

8. Will insurance cover this procedure?

Most insurance companies will cover this service as part of your reconstruction, call your insurance company to see what portion is covered. For reconstruction related to breast cancer, the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 (WHCRA) is a federal law that provides protections to patients who choose to have breast reconstruction in connection with a mastectomy. Insurance companies are required to pay for all aspects of the reconstruction process.

We will provide you with all necessary documentation for you to go through the process to get reimbursed by the insurance company. Please call if you have specific questions that need to be answered prior to service. We are a partner of Sharsheret : “Which provides services and subsidies for eligible individuals for non-medical services that are critical to a woman’s quality of life and body image, and that are only partly covered by insurance companies.”

There may also grants you can qualify for/apply for through the United Breast Cancer Foundation.

Additional financing we offer is care credit or cherry.

9. How long after surgery do I have to wait for this service?

It is recommended to wait 4 months from the date of your surgery. In some cases a note of approval may be required from your doctor.


1. What is microblading / Microshading?

Microblading and Microshading is a semi-permanent cosmetic tattooing technique used to enhance the appearance of eyebrows. It involves manually depositing pigment into the skin using a tool with fine needles to create natural-looking hair strokes. This is a form of a tattoo. We do not use the same pigments as tattoo artists and this will fade over a period of time in which a retouch will be needed.

2. How long does it last?

Microblading is considered semi-permanent because the pigments gradually fade over time. Generally, the results can last anywhere from 1 to 3 years, depending on factors such as individual skin type, lifestyle, and aftercare.

3. Does microblading require any downtime?

There is typically no downtime associated with microblading. However, immediately after the procedure, the treated area may appear slightly red and the color more intense. This typically subsides within a few hours.

4. Can anyone get microblading?

Microblading is suitable for most people; however, it is essential to consult with a professional to determine if you are a good candidate. Individuals with certain medical conditions or skin conditions may not be eligible for the procedure.

5. How long does the microblading process take?

The duration of the microblading procedure can vary depending on factors such as the client’s desired outcome, the condition of their eyebrows, and the expertise of the practitioner. On average, the initial session can take around two hours, including consultation and numbing time. The retouch is only an hour or less depending on how much pigment needs to be replaced and shaping needs to be done.

6. Is this service covered by insurance? Not that we know of, but if you have a medical condition that has caused the loss of your eyebrow hair you may contact your insurance company to see if it is a service covered by the medical condition.

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Aftercare (Brows):

**If you see increased redness, swelling, or pus, it’s crucial to communicate with the microblading professional promptly and/or seek medical attention if necessary.

Please follow these instructions (with clean hands) for up to 14 days after the procedure for best results.

• No makeup should be applied directly on the brows during the healing process.

• Avoid excessively wetting your eyebrows during the healing process. • Avoid sauna/ steam rooms/ sun beds during the healing process.

• You may find that your eyebrows will scab or become slightly dry following the treatment. If they itch DO NOT SCRATCH, rub or pick them please, just tap them to release the itch.

• If your eyebrows get wet during the healing process pat them dry with a towel, DO NOT RUB. *Apply your healing balm with a q-tip according to your therapist’s advice. If you have excessively oily skin, you may not need to use healing balm at all.

• Avoid excessive sun exposure as this can cause the pigment to fade and can affect the healing process. Direct sunlight will cause fading faster (pigment will leave the skin fast and retouch will be needed sooner.)

• Avoid using daily skincare products directly on the eyebrows. If you are due to have an MRI scan please inform your doctor that you have had semipermanent makeup done.

• If you are planning a chemical peel, due to give blood or any other medical procedure please inform the professional of the procedure you have just had. Procedure should only be done once the healing process is complete.

Once 14 days have passed and you are healed you can enjoy your eyebrows and return to your normal activity.

Aftercare (Paramedical):

**If you see increased redness, swelling, or pus, it’s crucial to communicate with the microblading professional promptly and/or seek medical attention if necessary.

Tegaderm, a sterile, breathable, waterproof, germ-proof barrier to protect your new tattoo. Leave the Tegaderm on for 3 DAYS – do not lift it, change it or remove it. 

● The Tegaderm will protect your tattoo from infection, abrasion, irritation and contamination while it is going through the most important part of its healing. It will also protect your clothes, sheets and loved ones from coming in contact with the excess ink, blood and fluid that are the normal by-products of healing a tattoo. 

● You can perform all your usual activities (including exercise) while the tattoo is covered with Tegaderm. Be sure not to bump or rub your new tattoo excessively, or do anything that will scrape or peel the covering off. 

● Showering will not affect Tegaderm; it is reasonably waterproof. You can shower normal while healing. However, do not bathe or swim until your tattoo is fully healed. 

After 3 days (including the day of service), remove the Tegaderm by carefully peeling it off of your skin. Do not quickly tear it off, as this can cause skin irritation. The easiest way to soften the adhesive is to stand in a hot shower for several minutes and remove the covering in the shower. 

● After removing the covering, rinse the tattoo thoroughly with warm water and wash, then rinse several times using antibacterial soap and warm water. Gently work any excess material off the surface of your skin using the palm of your hand while doing so do not use any washcloths, sponges or brushes. 

● After patting your tattoo with a clean towel, the skin should be shiny and dry. For the next 7-10 days, (for best results) apply a thin layer of After Ink (if you can not use After ink use a vitamin e oil) when it feels tight, dry, or itchy. Otherwise, let it air out and heal naturally. You might notice a few layers of flaky skin peeling, this is completely normal.