Medical Micro Pigmentation
The finishing touch post-surgery.
Medical tattooing, 3D areola and scars
Today, approximately one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Due to the ability to test for genetic risk factors, such as the BRCA II gene, more and more women are opting for prophylactic mastectomy as a defense against this disease.
In some prophylactic breast removal, the areola and nipple are spared, however there is typically scarring and the areolae can be misshapen and often lose colour in some areas.
The areola re-pigmentation process is a major part of the medical journey and overlaps all the other procedures received at the hospital. Scar camouflage and periareolar scar blending are part of the process as well.
What is medical micropigmentation?
Medical micropigmentation is the finishing touch post surgery. Sterilized and disposable needles are used to implant desired colours into the dermal layer of the skin to create a natural looking areola using a unique knowledge of scale, proportions, shading and colour.
When is the right time?
Patients must be off chemotherapy/ radiation for at least 6 months and wait at least 6 months post surgery prior to proceed with their Areola pigmentation. I usually proceed at least 6 months post nipple reconstruction. Assuming that there was no incision in the flap area where the Areola should be pigmented, the treatment could be done before the 6 months time frame.
This time frame may differ from a patient to the other and the skin might need more or less healing time. A proper assessment needs to be done with the approval from her/his surgeon to schedule the areola pigmentation process anyhow. Scar tissue must be white, hypo-pigmentated and flat for optimal results.
Radiated skin has a more delicate nature that needs to be worked with caution. If the skin is showing signs of radiation burn with darkening, it may grab the pigment differently. The appropriate technique is to space the touch ups at least 6 weeks and layer colour in over few visits.
Areola/ nipple and scar treatments
The number of sessions depending on the amount of scar tissue, the pigment retention and macrophage activity
Unilateral Areola re-pigmentation requests
First treatment - Touchups are required depending on pigment retention.
3 sessions are recommended for optimal results.
VIP package: 3 sessions with 1 session every 4 weeks
Our primary concern is to correct tissue color defects and create the illusion of smoother looking skin.
Micropigmentation procedures for scar camouflage are combinations of pigment color plus the patients skin undertones. Final color results are not determined until several applications of pigment have been inserted into the procedural area and the skin has totally healed.
Scar relaxation is accomplished using a technique called micro needling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). Micro needling creates microscopic punctures in the scar, working in the dermal layer to soften tough, fibrous bands of collagen, or scar tissue, to give the patient more flexibility and range in their movements. This stimulates collagen production and helps blood capillaries reach the surface. The result is improved skin tone (color), smoothed texture and a reduction of the three-dimensional appearance.
Scar camouflage is similar to scar relaxation except that we add pigments matched to your particular skin to make the scar color blend with the surrounding skin.
A combination of powerful antioxidants and various vitamins injected in the skin through micro channels will protect the skin from free radicals while a hyaluronic acid serum offers intensive moisturizing and uplifting benefits for the skin. The result is smoother, younger-looking skin, with results noticeable just after one treatment!
Micro needling is a an advanced skin perfecting and non-invasive technology that stimulates cellular regeneration and new collagen formation, creating fresh skin cells. Also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), Micro needling creates microscopic punctures in the scar, working in the dermal layer to soften tough, fibrous bands of collagen, or scar tissue. This stimulates collagen production and helps blood capillaries reach the surface.
A great anti-aging treatment, it improves the surface of the skin by rebuilding collagen and elastin and help diminish scars from acne, traumatic injury or surgery, hyperpigmentation, fine lines around the mouth, wrinkles, large pores, sun damaged skin, dark circles around the eyes, stretch marks, uneven skin tone and texture.