One of the ways many women reclaim their bodies and close their chapter is to “put the cherries on top” by adding realistic nipple/areola tattoos. A realistic nipple/areola tattoo is simply that – a tattoo of what a nipple and areola looks like. It can be done on a flat chest, over breast implant, and even over reconstructed nipples! In all cases, you and I will decide on a group of colors that will be used to define shadow and highlights, creating a 3D effect.
Not sure new areoles are for you? You can put ANYTHING there now! (Personally, I’m partial to Art Nouveau, mandala designs, flowers, butterflies and other natural subject matter) But seriously, they’re yours to do with as you please!
How long does it take?
Plan for an hour and a half, but the actual tattoo time is much shorter. Determining size, placement and color take as long as the tattooing.
How long will they take to heal?
Generally tattoos take 2 weeks to heal. However, everyone is different. Some can heal within 10 days, while others may take up to a month.
How should I take care of them?
You will want to leave your bandages on for at least 6 hours, up to overnight. When you remove the bandages, wash your tattoo with soap and water, pat dry and air out for as long as you can (an hour would be awesome!) When you have to cover them, wear cotton. Try to avoid a bra for the first couple days. Go topless as much as you can. They will weep clear, sticky blood plasma. You can blot them with a paper towel as needed. After a couple days, when the weeping has stopped, rub in a little bit of unscented lotion once or twice a day. Keep them clean and dry. No picking or scratching. Wear seamless cotton bras.
Does it hurt?
Usually, no. You will feel pressure, and if you’ve had a non-cancer breast reconstruct, it may have more sensation, but in my experience, it does not hurt.
Can it pop my implant?
No. We are a subcutaneous procedure! The needle deposits ink into the skin, it doesn’t pierce through it.
While tattooing is an art form, it is also a technical skill – one which requires lots of practice to master. I have been tattooing since 1994. I also have a BFA from Washington University. Over the past 20+ years, I have developed a style based around color; specializing in Art Nouveau, mandala designs, flowers and other natural subject matter. This gives me the experience and understanding of how to use color and shading to create a three dimensional illusion.
Contact Kerry Soraci
Mobile: 314-440-0165 (texting is best)